Everything about the Thanksgiving meal revolves around the turkey, which is ridiculous because turkey is actually one of the most boring meats you could possibily cook. Steak, chicken, fish—you have them all of the time. They just require a little seasoning, and a little braising, sauteeing, frying... whatever your preferred method. But turkey? When do you roast a whole turkey aside from one day per year? Do I hear "never?" That's right.
And for the people who eat turkey sandwiches on the regular, that's fine, but those sandwiches taste good not because turkey tastes good, but because you're putting it on bread, adding cheese, lettuce, tomato, condiments, etc. Shoe leather could taste good if you put it between some good bread and topped it with enough acoutrements.
I'm all for tradition, but turkey can blow me any day that isn't Thanksgiving day. That's why I'm all over Meat: Everything You Need to Know ($27, Amazon), an impressive tome written by the legendary NYC meat man Pat LaFrieda. The book features 75 recipes for beef, pork, lamb, veal and poultry, served alongside mouth-watering photos—not a turkey recipe in sight. Snatch this book up for yourself and for the self-righteous, meat-loving foodie in your life ASAP.