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The 2013 Serious Eats Thanksgiving Survival Guide is here! We're still a couple of weeks out from turkey day, but it's never too early to start planning for the bestest, tastiest, eatingest (and for most of us Serious Eaters, cookingest) holiday of the year. Want to know how to select a turkey that's right for your needs? We've got you covered. Should you brine it or not? Come and find out the truth of the matter.

With our rigorously tested and Serious Eats-approved recipes for everything from turkey to side dishes to desserts, you won't need to look anywhere else for inspiration. Don't you hate it when you go to a massive recipe database and find thousands of recipes for the same dish? You won't find that here. Because we carefully tested and meticulously curated all of the stories for these pages, you can rest assured that every single recipe is a winner and guaranteed to work.

Do you like to tipple with your turkey? Sure, who doesn't? We've tasted hundreds of bottles of wine, beer, and cider and mixed dozens of cocktails to bring you the best of the best. We've got recommendations for you no matter what your price range or beverage of choice is on our Thanksgiving drinks page.

Not sure what tools you'll need for the job or worried that your pantry might not be stocked right? Our planning guides will give you all the resources you need to get ahead for the big day so that hey, you might even have time to knock back a cocktail or two in between roasting the turkey and making the green bean casserole.

Now we all have our favorite brands for cooking with, and if this isn't your first rodeo, you might already know what you like. But if you've ever wondered which boxed chicken broth has the best flavor or who makes the fluffiest instant mashed potatoes (tsk tsk!), our rigorously executed, double-blind taste tests can help guide you.

So come check our the guide right this way, and make sure to bookmark it, because we'll continue to update the pages with more recipes, videos, taste tests, and planning guides as Thanksgiving 2013 coverage continues!

As always, your feedback is welcome. Anything we missed? Anything you'd like to see more of? We're here to help make your Thanksgiving as stress-free as possible!

(And of course, if you're looking for ideas for the day after, our Thanksgiving leftovers recipes have got you covered.)

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