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Martha Stewart's Christmas Hardcover – October 7, 1989


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Martha Stewart's Christmas remains a classic cooking and decorating guide for the Christmas season. The book can be viewed as an elaborate timeline for preparing for December 25--indeed, Martha claims the book was written and photographed in "real time" from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Along the way, Martha teaches you how to make plum pudding, 24 different types of cookies, and a holiday party menu featuring cassoulet for 100. For Christmas Day dinner, a towering croquembouche is perhaps the finest culinary feature of the menu, which features roast ducklings with wild rice, chestnut, and cranberry dressing. Martha also provides tips on decorating trees, making ornaments, gift-wrapping papers, and making beautiful wreaths and topiaries. There's even advice on making up gift baskets of the cookies, conserves, and puddings that you've created yourself. Martha herself admits that "it's true, we did get carried away"--she creates an elaborate gingerbread mansion--but most of the recipes and crafts are easy to follow and produce great results. Martha Stewart's Christmas is a real gift. C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Here Martha Stewart shows how she decorates her house, creates and wraps a variety of gifts, and entertains her family and friends throughout the holidays. 250 full-color photographs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (October 7, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517574160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517574164
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on December 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
Yesterday I made Noel Nut Balls and the chocolate-dipped almond cookies for the fifth or sixth Christmas in a row, and chances are I'll make several of the other recipes before the end of the holidays. The cookie recipes are easy to follow, guaranteed to please and the cookies themselves can be frozen for weeks without any change in texture, appearance or flavor. However, I can't imagine many busy people whipping up the cassoulet or even the fruitcake unless they are experienced cooks who can confidently evaluate and execute rather expensive (in terms of ingredients) recipes.
The craft and gift ideas run the range from easy and very rewarding (such as making your own wrapping paper, which turns out to be a great activity to do with children-- and those gold and coppery designs look sensational under the tree) to the fantastical...like using a jeweller's drill to make holes in nuts for decorative purposes. Still, this is a book full of ideas for holiday activities and creations for people with the full range of abilities and available time and it really is enjoyable to read and to look through.
I am buying a second copy because the first has literally fallen apart. This is the second Martha Stewart book to have broken into pieces (Entertaining did, as well) and I do question the quality of binding.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I adore Martha Stewart. She's a terrific teacher and this is absolutely the best Christmas "idea" book I've ever read. I love the recipes and photos. It's a book I will treasure and one I will use over and over again. Thank you, Martha!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2002
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I loved the 'feel' of this book, very festive. The presentation is beautiful.
What disappointed me a little was that there was no pattern for the gingerbread mansion that was featured in the book, which was the main reason I bought it. It's a little too easy for me to just be told to 'use your imagination' and 'the possibilities are endless'. I expected more!
Other than that, it is a very nice addition to my book collection with timeless ideas and inspirations, or just to browse through when christmas season comes around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ladybug on October 27, 2013
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This book arrived quickly and is in perfect condition . Although it is a bit out dated it's worth having for the crafts and recipes
and the Christmas feeling that Martha incorporated . Christmas decorations may change , but Christmas and the food and
traditions that come with it never go out of style . I think it is the Polish back ground that Martha absorbed from her dear
mother that comes through . "Big Martha " , who was little , was a joy to watch , when she helped Martha teach Polish
recipes . She packet a lot of strength into everything she did and I was hoping she would write a cookbook someday .
That never came true , maybe Martha can do it , when she has nothing else to do . lol
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1997
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I was very impressed with this book. Have spent hours reviewing it and pondering ideas. Just great!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Malm on February 12, 2013
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Lost my old one and wanted some of the Christmas recipes. Martha Stewart always has good books for the Christmas Holiday.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2002
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I can see this book is not new. It is to me, and I find is very inpirational! I use it every year for Christmas, for getting the house ready, for baking, for decorating and setting the tables, for ideas on how to use my plates, bowls and dishes in different ways, for altering things I already own into new settings -
I do own a few of her C-mas books, this is by far the best one. If you celebrate this holiday - or just want to arrange a beautiful winter feast, you will not be sorry to own this book!(I use it as gifts for friends, and have already bought three..)
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A must for diehard Martha fans, shows her beginnings and how far she has come. Lost my original copy, this it the replacement copy for me. Try the gingerbread!
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