Ahh, the holidays. The festive table spread with treats seen only on special occasions. The gasps of delight when the beautiful turkey is laid before hungry families. The arguments that ensue over who gets the drumsticks…Former Butterball® Turkey Diva RENEE FERGUSON* has written a hip, information-rich cookbook on a looming topic that everyone can relate to, with humor and verve that make Talk Turkey to Me: A Good Time in the Kitchen Talking Turkey and All the Trimmings (ISBN:0-9777321-3-4, $19.95) a fun read even for those pardoned from turkey duty this year!
The cooks of our nation are continually divided on which technique is the best, and even repeated turkey cooks find their preparation surrounded with an aura of mystique. Talk Turkey to Me provides answers seasoned with anecdotes from the well-known Turkey hotline callers from around the nation. (Remember the West Wing episode? Even P.O.T.U.S. called the line!) Talk Turkey to Me is built around the diverse situations of real people and shares stories of Thanksgivings across America. From grilled, smoked, roasted, fried, or fricasseed, to basted, bagged, and brined, this handy guide has it all.
Here are a few examples of the burning and basting questions explored in the book:
- “If I start cooking from frozen do I need to drill a hole in the turkey to put the meat thermometer in?”
- “Last night I put my turkey in the oven for 1 hour at 500º and then shut it off. It doesn’t seem done. Can I start cooking over again?”
- “I told my Dad I think we’re screwed. I think I’ve ruined the whole thing. I hear sizzling in the pan…it that OK?”
- “I’m a newly divorced dad and I’ve never cooked a turkey before. I want this to be special and to make a picture perfect turkey for my kids. How do I do it?”
- “I just pulled my meat thermometer from the drawer and it reads 140º. I’m toast! How do you know when the turkey’s done when you don’t have a thermometer?”
Talk Turkey to Me is a cookbook with pizzazz and personality full of tried and true recipes for a relaxed holiday celebration—we can’t guarantee relatives’ good behavior, but we can ensure the turkey is submissive, well-behaved and delicious! The book also features more than 80 recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts. It’s like having mom in the kitchen without the questions about your personal life!
Thanksgiving is notably the least commercial and most treasured holiday. Whether one is a native, naturalized citizen, or just a visitor to this great country, we all want to experience the traditional holiday feast and celebration. This is the sole holiday that finds the population of America united in commemoration and utterly divided in its application. If diversity is the soul of the American spirit then Talk Turkey to Me is the book that shares the American food story and guides the reader to expertise—if you can read, you can cook!
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT Stephanie Williams at 866-569-6925 or
*There is no current affiliation with Butterball® Turkey or Smithfield Foods. Renee Ferguson is an independent author and publisher.