Thanksgiving Across America

We asked chefs across the country for their favorite traditional Thanksgiving recipes.

Thanksgiving, American

Thanksgiving is the most truly American holiday, a celebration that unites grateful families in every corner of the country regardless of background, religion or politics. But that doesn't mean that every table looks the same. There are constants, yes: It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without that big beautiful bird. Get beyond the turkey to the sides, however, and regional tastes and family traditions take over. We asked great chefs from coast to coast to share their favorite — from crunchy, fresh, fruit studded-salads in California to rich, fragrant oyster dressing in the Gulf Coast to tart fresh cranberry-nut chutneys in New England. A feast of local foods prepared with love: That's America the beautiful. — Sarah Karnasiewicz