No single food and holiday are as connected to each other as turkey and Thanksgiving. Turkey was the centerpiece of many Thanksgiving meals even before president Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863. Even though there isn't any definite evidence that turkeys were consumed at the first feast, they've become such a symbol of the holiday that it'd be hard to imagine a Thanksgiving without them.
As traditional as the dish is, an overwhelming number of people have been incorrectly carving their turkeys year after year. To ensure that your bird is expertly served this year, Chef Mark Dommen from Chow has released a useful guide to carving your turkey that'll impress your guests and their palates. Hopefully, the biggest turkey-related problem you face today is whether or not to get light or dark meat. (The answer is both.)