10 Things We Love in November

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Welcome to “10 Things We Love,” a roundup that includes a preview of our favorite stuff on the podcast and The Bittman Project, as well as posts you have loved (or may have missed) that are especially relevant right now. We’ve organized it as a fun, food-related things-to-do collection. Enjoy it! Hit us up for suggestions in the comments — and read on for more.

1. Get Ready for Bittman Bread.

The newest book from our team drops November 16, a collaboration between Kerri Conan and Mark on the glories of whole grain baking. Why make whole grain bread? Mark and Kerri will likely convince you that it’s better. “When you update an old-fashioned technique and combine it with old-fashioned [whole] grain, you can make the best bread you’ve ever had,” Mark writes in the intro. “And by best, I mean not only the healthiest, but far fuller tasting, more complex and satisfying than what you’re (probably) used to.” Stay tuned for whole grain baking week starting Monday, which includes audio, excerpts, and more. 

2. Tune in to Cookie Monster and Gonger on the podcast. 

Sesame Street’s longtime cookie-eating resident and his foodie friend will talk about their food truck and more on Monday, November 8! In the meantime, catch up on Food With Mark Bittman — with guests like Sutton Foster, Stanley Tucci, Marcia Chatelain, David Sedaris, among others. 

3. Read Sam Irby's Thanksgiving essay.

Samantha Irby, author of Wow. No Thank You, wrote a hilarious piece for us on the year she reluctantly agreed to host Thanksgiving in the Before Times. If you feel like ditching tradition this year, go for it! She reminds us, “Turkey tastes like nothing and feels like a bird-scented damp washcloth in your mouth.”

4. Bring your questions about Thanksgiving cooking to our members-only discussion thread from 1 to 3 p.m. EST on November 19. 

What size bird should you order? What’s the fastest way to cook a turkey? Is frying one dangerous? What’s Mark’s favorite side? Ask us anything on November 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. EST. Not a member? Consider a subscription. 

5. Consider the ThermoPop. 

If you’re looking for fast, accurate temperature reads on turkey and other holiday meats on your agenda, consider a fun, inexpensive ThermoPop in various colors. “Designed for serious chefs and professionals, the ThermoPop features big digits and a backlight for dark conditions,” says manufacturer ThermoWorks. “Molded-in seals and buttons make it splash-proof.” 

6. Now is as good a time as any to buy salmon.  

One of our favorite sources, as you know, is Taku River Reds. For more information, talk to your fishmonger and consider how to buy fish.

7. Stay tuned for our Holiday Gift Guide. 

Whether you’re looking to spend a few dollars or make a statement, we design our guides for any kind of (food-related) gift. Tune in just before Thanksgiving for the newest guide. In the meantime, check out our shop for ideas. 

8. It’s time for all things squash. 

Whether you’re looking for multiple ways to get rid of all that squash or the one recipe that will dazzle your guests, we’ve got you covered. 

9. Looking for more Thanksgiving sides?

Right this way, with more to come. 

10. Remember ‘Instant Pots Are Terrifying’?

Michael Arceneaux, author of I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé, will be back on The Bittman Project later this month, writing about what he’s eating (and thinking about) in his new city, Los Angeles. 

Thank you for reading and for your support.