What does the woman who introduced America to French cuisine have to say about Thanksgiving?  Quite a bit, in fact. She called cooking Thanksgiving dinner “an honor,” and, for all those nervous cooks out there, suggested that “anyone can cook Thanksgiving dinner.” Click through for some of her famous recipes!

For Thanksgiving, follow her mashed potatoes recipe, or mix it up a bit and make zucchini au gratin instead. Complement a pumpkin pie with one of Julia’s famous chocolate Queen of Sheba cakes. All can be found in her book Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom ($16). Her cooking partner, Jacques Pepin, confirmed that one of Julia’s favorite tips for nervous cooks was “butter, butter, a little more butter.” That sounds easy enough.

P.S. Learn more recipes and tricks in Mastering the Art of French Cooking ($90) and learn about her fascinating life story in My Life In France ($16) or Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child ($30). Lastly, for all of you die hard fans, let the bidding war begin… Nick Harvill is selling a signed copy of her book The Way to Cook on Taigan.com.

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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