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Thanksgiving Is For Eaters (with Amy Sedaris)

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Nov 18, 2016

This week's episode of The Sporkful podcast is up! Listen through the player or iTunes/Podcasts app. (And please subscribe!)

For many of us, the holidays come with an ample serving of family drama. But that's fine by comedian Amy Sedaris. "Whenever there's a fight, we all just get excited." she says. "You just eat it up and then you divide up and...you play both sides. It's great."

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But comedian Mo Rocca, host of the Cooking Channel show My Grandmother's Ravioli, has a different approach: “Life is not a movie of the week,” he says. “The best you can do it manage situations, and you should feel proud about that.”

This week on The Sporkful, we talk about how to survive and thrive on Thanksgiving -- from what to cook and drink to hosting and, of course, family diplomacy.

We ask food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats about the best way to cook a turkey. Plus, we talk Thanksgiving for vegetarians with Slate's L.V. Anderson.

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And New York Times food editor Sam Sifton joins me to debate stuffing versus dressing and the merits of napkins folded into birds.

Plus, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich tells us the story of the time a turkey fell in love with his wife.

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And I go to a bar in Brooklyn to see NY Times drinks columnist Rosie Schaap make the perfect cocktail for a fall day in the kitchen.

I call Butterball’s turkey hotline to get one last pre-Thanksgiving pep talk. And I'll attempt to cook with On the Media's Brooke Gladstone -- to disastrous effect.

Check out ALL of The Sporkful's Thanksgiving recipes:

- Kenji Lopez-Alt's butterflied roast turkey with gravy

- Sam Sifton's Roasted Cauliflower with Anchovy Bread Crumbs

- L.V. Anderson's vegetarian cornbread stuffing

- Brooke Gladstone's go-to cracker pudding (with video)

- Rosie Schaap's Autumn Bonfire cocktail

- My Veggieducken (with video)

This week's episode of The Sporkful podcast is up! Listen through the player or iTunes/Podcasts app. (And please subscribe!) Connect with me on TwitterInstagram and Facebook!

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier episode.

Photos: FlickrCC/vandennMatthew Septimus; J. Kenji López-Alt / The Food Lab on Serious Eats; and courtesy of Cooking Channel; FlickrCC/Pauline Ramos; Jennifer Hsu; and Matthew Septimus

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