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Thanksgiving: A User’s Manual

Today, the New York Times has introduced a beautiful and comprehensive feature (and a timely one!) with its Thanksgiving: A User’s Manual. Videos, slide shows and an interactive teach readers how to create pies, turkey and an entire vegan/vegetarian-friendly meal, respectively. The recipe interactive for the vegan/vegetarian meal is especially impressive, with 61 yummy sounding dishes that prove that diners who don’t eat animal products aren’t restricted to a boring salad.


I do wonder how effective this special online section was in drawing readers and clicks. While there is plenty of great content that is useful for anyone cooking a Thanksgiving meal (or, like me, just a foodie who loves watching delicious food cooking methods), many people already have their favorite go-to websites for recipes and cooking tips. My aunt loves to go to Food Network. I’m an AllRecipes.com kind of girl. Do readers need the newspaper for their dinner-table fare? Unless it’s hyperlocal food (or the recipes are created with local produce in mind), I think it’s probably a waste of effort. Not because the end product isn’t helpful, but because I think it’s difficult to carve out an audience with something like this.

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