Former New York Times restaurant critic Sam Sifton released an awesome Thanksgiving book full of classic, fool-proof recipes for the big day. Read our interview, Sam Sifton Wrote The Book On Thanksgiving, and try out a few of the dishes he was kind enough to loan us, like this cornbread dressing recipe. 

Here is a recipe I adapted from the cooking of Kurt Gardner, a New York theater man of great culinary passions who has been contributing the dish to our home for years, usually in proportions large enough to feed boroughs. Rare is the month where there is not a frozen bag of this stuff in our freezer, ready to be deployed.