Have a Perfect Thanksgiving with Help from These Resources

Don’t let this Thanksgiving be remembered for the wrong reason.


With help from the apps and websites below, you’ll have them cleaning their plates.


Library Apps

Find holiday recipes and tips in downloadable food and cooking magazines from the library. The magazines are always available, so you don’t have to worry about them being checked out.

Food magazines from RBdigital

Always available hoopla eBooks are great for last-minute recipe and entertaining ideas. Set the holiday mood with their Thanksgiving music selection. After dinner, fall asleep watching a holiday classic.

Thanksgiving music from hoopla.

Other Apps

Kitchen Stories
Free. iOS and Android.
This award-winning app and website features beautiful design and videos that both novices and experts will enjoy. Save your recipes into cookbooks inside the app. Add recipes to a shopping list to easily purchase the ingredients you need. One negative: ingredients are measured in grams instead of cups. 

Food Network in the Kitchen
Free. iOS and Android.
Find recipes and videos from your favorite Food Network chefs. Recipes are topically arranged, so browsing is simple. The sheer number of recipes can be overwhelming, though. Create an account to save recipes. The app includes ads.

Free. iOS and Android.
Yummly is a search-engine for other food and cooking blogs. Create an account, tell the app your food preferences and dietary restrictions, and Yummly will show you recipes it thinks you’ll like. Save recipes into collections, save ingredients to a shopping list, and more.

Free. iOS and Android.
SideChef walks you step-by-step through a recipe, including timers for each step. Optional voice commands mean you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to check the recipe; you can even control the app by voice.

Free. iOS and Android.
From Condé Nast, this well designed app features beautifully photographed, thematically curated recipes. Sign up for a free account to save recipes and create shopping lists. The app includes ads.


Butterball Turkey Talk-Line
Since the library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, we suggest the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line for all your turkey-related questions. Their turkey experts are available to call, chat, or text during the months of November and December. The website has lots of helpful information and videos on choosing turkeys, proper thawing, preparation, and more.

The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service provides safety information on thawing and roasting turkeys. For information on other methods of cooking turkeys, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

Find lots of great recipe ideas and tips. The Automagic Meal Planner allows you to plan out a full Thanksgiving meal. Search the hotline database for answers to your questions, or leave a question for other users to answer.