"Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday." This is the first thing Joe Yonan, the food and dining editor of the Washington Post, tells me when I asked him about feeding vegetarians at Thanksgiving. Joe, a vegetarian himself, is in good company. For any of us who live a food-focused life, Thanksgiving — the most food-centric of the holidays — is the one we spend all year waiting for. It's the one time of the year you know with near certainty what will be on every table across the nation. There's a script at play and the opening scene begins with turkey and the final credits end with pumpkin pie.
But how does that traditional menu centered around turkey shift when your table includes vegetarians? For Joe, managing that shift is simple when you consider Thanksgiving a celebration of the season's harvest as well.