Sam Sifton was, until last year, The New York Times's restaurant critic. He also manned the paper's Thanksgiving help line. Now he's written a delightful little volume of essentials, Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well. It's not too late to save your holiday! Sam can help, with sides, desserts, place settings, drinks, leftovers, and—oh, right—turkey. Fire away.

Update (3:10 p.m.): Sam's done. Thanks, readers, for all your questions, and thanks, Sam, for your responses. May all your Thanksgivings be pleasant ones, and, for Pete's sake, buy the man's book.