A Proud Tradition of Being Plucked, Stuffed, and Eaten: Heritage Turkeys

How much do you want to bet his body is running around somewhere?Photo: iStock/Robin Arnold


We're fans of heritage breeds of turkey, those long-established birds that taste much like the ones our great-grandparents ate. Last year's comprehensive turkey guide handily sketches out the basics about these guys, but the more in-depth writing we've seen on them usually descends into slow-food sanctimony how evil factory farms are and the rest. That's where Regina Schrambling, of Gastropoda, comes in. The acerbic critic offers a relaxed but no-B.S. guide to heritage turkeys, which we recommend to anyone thinking he might dump the Butterball this year. "An American Bronze turkey," she tells us, "could not be more unlike the bloated birds hoisted out of so many ovens in November."

Meanwhile, for a takedown of the entire turkey tradition, read what this crank had to say in Slashfood.

Talkin' Turkey [Gastropoda]