Traditional menus are cozy and nostalgic — and we’re big believers in the power of cozy. A reminder though, your great-grandmother’s butter and sour cream were probably cultured and her bread was probably made from heritage grains. Those same Thanksgiving table staples today might not be as clean and healthful as their original counterparts.
Keep the traditions, but upgrade your basic ingredients to versions as pure are you can find, and consider adding a few new stylishly clean recipes from these recipe treasure troves below. Ottolenghi’s brand new cookbook tops our list, but every single title below deserves a place on your shelf for fresh, clean, insanely delicious food that can feed a crowd… ottolenghi simple by yotam ottolenghi | Yotam Ottolenghi can do no wrong. His other cookbooks, all of which are classics in our kitchen, offer complex Israeli-inspired dishes made with whole food ingredients and big, bold flavor. His newest cookbook presents a collection of streamlined recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern–inspired flavors, all of which can be made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, all in a single pot. We have a feeling this will be your BFF for a healthier Thanksgiving. CHECK OUT
cook beautiful by Athena Calderone | Cook Beautiful is the ultimate guide to preparing and presenting unforgettable meals. The stunning recipes in this debut cookbook from lifestyle blogger and founder of Eye Swoon, Athena Calderone, are organized by season and paired with specific table décor and entertaining tips. Flip through its pages for tablescape inspo and simple, seasonal dishes that are as elegant as they are delicious. CHECK OUT
salad for president by julia sherman | Even if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t get excited about salad — especially when there’s a whole Thanksgiving spread to scarf down — every planty recipe in this gorgeous cookbook is guaranteed to leave you impressed. Inspired by the immensely popular Salad for President blog, this book offers a collection of more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists and other creatives. Talking points and tasty salads? Sign us up. CHECK OUT
eat happy: 30-Minute Feelgood food by melissa hemsley | One of our favorite cookbooks of the year, Melissa Hemsley’s Eat Happy is filled with quick, gorgeous recipes just like this hearty grain salad and other beautiful carefree dishes that just make you feel good. We honestly haven’t closed this cookbook since we first cracked it, and have our eyes on some of her quick yet hearty veggie and grain dishes for Thanksgiving. CHECK OUT
eating from the ground up by alana chernila | This clean cooking staple specializes in simple plant-driven dishes that showcase the unique flavor and texture of each vegetable. Gather ideas for maximizing the deliciousness of seasonal produce and make it easy on yourself to prep a wide variety of low maintenence, nutritionally-dense and absolutely delicious planty sides for a healthier Thanksgiving spread. CHECK OUT
neighborhood by hetty mckinnon| Every dish we cook shares a personal story — a bit of ourselves — and that’s the idea that inspired Hetty McKinnon’s cookbook, Neighborhood. Her beautiful, down-to-earth book is packed with shareable salads and veggie-centric recipes inspired by her travels, and it’s one of our favorites for feeding a crowd. Her hearty salads (like this Brussels sprout Caesar salad) are so far from boring they might even eclipse turkey as your Thanksgiving main. CHECK OUT
sweet laurel by Laurel Gallucci + Claire Thomas | Even the hardcore traditionalists at your table will be obsessed with literally anything you bake from this book. From towering ganache cakes to perfectly seasonal pies, each dish in this baking bible is grain, gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free. Go ahead and snag that second (or tenth) slice without worrying about a major crash later. CHECK OUT