Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a day in which people gather to “give thanks” by sharing a meal inspired by Autumn’s bounty. It is unique among American holidays in that it truly centers on food, and many of the dishes served are composed of ingredients native to the New World: turkey, corn, potatoes and squash.
Early settlers at Plymouth Colony were able to celebrate their first harvest thanks to help from the Wampanoag tribe which is why Thanksgiving is also a day to express gratitude for friendship and community. William Jennings Bryan once said that on Thanksgiving Day “we acknowledge our dependence,” but I like to think of it more as a day to celebrate our interdependence.
Think of the people who support you, who answer their phones when you have a burning question, or who comfort you when you’re upset. Be grateful for them! Think of the farmer who cultivated the food you’re about to eat. Express your appreciation! In yoga, we give thanks when we put our hands together at our hearts for anjali mudra, a symbolic gesture that recognizes our kinship and amity. Thanksgiving may come around only once a year, but we should remember to be grateful every day.
Where to celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris:
• Restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner (Merci, David Lebovitz!)
• Restaurant Ralph’s (Nouvel Observateur)
• Harry’s Bar (Sortir à Paris)
• Laurent Manrique at l’Auberge Flora (Do It in Paris)
• Dinner at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (American Club of Paris)
• Jacques Pépin: “This is a gourmand holiday…” (New York Times)
• Last minute menu ideas (Food52)
• Vegetarian menu ideas in case like Paul McCartney, you say ‘no’ to turkey (New York Times, Le Point)
• Anne Lamott: “Thanksgiving With My Mom…” (Salon)
• Elizabeth Meister, Jonathan Gold, Mike Paterniti, Jack Hitt, and David Rakoff: “When is a chicken your friend? When is he your dinner?…” (This American Life)
• The Kitsch of Thanksgiving (Time)
• Timothy McSweeney’s Thanksgiving Gallimaufry (McSweeney’s)