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A thank you for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a good idea, even under the heavy burden of commercialisation it has to bear. I think of it as a harvest festival, adapted for our times, when few people do any harvesting. With that in mind, I want to thank you and Calvin Trillin.

Trillin, for those of you who do not know him, is one of the funniest, most perceptive writers about food around. He's the reason I once deliberately planned a four-hour layover in Kansas City on the way from San Francisco to Washington DC in early 1982, but that's another story.

In 1981, Trillin famously launched a campaign to replace turkey with spaghetti carbonara. (He later conceded that he had "developed an interest in fried turkey," but to me that's equally unacceptable.) Anyway, that piece has passed into lore, although it is hard to find a complete version online.

So here's something even better. Trillin himself, reading the piece. You can argue with his choice of ingredients for spaghetti carbonara, but not with the story itself.

p.s. There are two turkey episodes from 2014 that you might have missed.

Talking turkey about how they came by that name, and A partial history of the turkey which asks when and where were they domesticated. 

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