In Congress, November 1, 1777: ...it is therefore recommended to the legislature of these UNITED STATES, to set apart Thursday, the eighteenth day of December next, for the solemn Thanksgiving and Praise. This is an excerpt from James Baker's story about the origins of Thanksgiving as we know it today. No other holiday captures the essence of our country: freedom of faith, politics, and ethnicity. As if the 28-page introduction isn't enough, Elizabeth Brabb transports us to the dinner table with a collection of favorite traditional recipes. If you never roasted a turkey, or if you want to know how to assemble a Thanksgiving feast for your family, then enjoy Elizabeth's collection from basic apple pie to hot apple cider to leftover turkey corn pudding. I'm hungry already!