Serious Eats: Recipes
How to Roast a Turkey
In addition to his new, encyclopedic Cooking, James Peterson has collected tips, culinary advice (how to season a pan, sharpen a knife, freeze clear ice cubes), and basic recipes in What's a Cook to Do. He gives step-by-step carving advice and includes a no-frills roasting recipe that exists at the opposite end of the spectrum from James Beard's chatty recipe for his own favorite bird. Great for a beginner or an old hand that simply doesn't want to fuss too much with the turkey, this is a building block of the Thanksgiving world.