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November's Must Haves

Nov 1 2011 - 3:31pm

Saying goodbye to the sweet treats of Halloween [1] may be hard, but we're making a mental move into Thanksgiving, the Fall harvest, and the holiday spirit. There's plenty we're obsessed with (and grateful for!) this November, from family-oriented books to a sweet pie revival. Click through to see what picks we're craving at the onset of the holiday season.

Pie Accessories

There's no denying that we're experiencing a pie revival — just ask all the celebrity chefs [2]. What better time to bake up a hot, fruit-filled delight than during Thanksgiving? Don't forget that we eat first with our eyes, so a gorgeous pie pan, like this one by Emile Henry [3], is a splurge we're getting behind.

Tailgating Snacks

Who cares about basketball season when you've got teams like the Packers going totally undefeated this season? Sink yourself into a comfy chair and catch the game with some of our current favorite football snacks: Oh Boy! Oberto's new all-natural turkey, pork, and beef jerky [4] line, and limited-edition tailgating nut mixes [5] from Planters (try our favorite, honey-smoked Tailgate Almonds).

Family Meal Cookbooks

From Mario Batali's Molto Batali [6] to Tyler Florence Family Meal [7], family cookbooks are having a moment right now. Grab a new release and get comfortable with cooking for crowds — you know it'll pay off come Nov. 24.

One of our favorites of the bunch? The Family Meal: Home Cooking With Ferran Adria [8], which includes step-by-step color photos of every dish and its components, plus modified ingredient lists to suit a serving of two, six, or 20.

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs

Cooking reality TV shows are a dime a dozen these days, but with its truly accomplished lineup of chefs The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs [9] is one to watch. Check out our thoughts on the episodes [10], plus some reflections from cheftestants like Michael Chiarello [11] and Alton Brown [12].

Portable Cooking Devices

Michael Voltaggio may predict the microwave as the next big thing [13], but we're gunning for smaller, portable convection ovens, like this Black and Decker CTO4500S model [14]. It's generously-sized, reliable, and affordable — perfect for a cold-weather meal in limited space.

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