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Nigella Christmas: Food Family Friends Festivities Hardcover – November 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323363
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

U.K. celebrity chef Lawson (How to Eat, Nigella Bites, etc.) tackles Christmas in this warm, welcoming collection. Lawson's roundup of updated classics should provide a solid foundation for constructing an elaborate dinner menu or a simple cocktail party; alternately, readers can use one of Nigella's menus, centered around roast turkey, goose, pork or beef-as well as a vegetarian lineup featuring roasted pumpkin stuffed with a ginger and tomato sauce-that come complete with a Martha Stewart-worthy timeline and tips for handling leftovers. Daytime entertainers will appreciate Lawson's ideas for brunch, including an Espresso Martini and Pumpkin Pancakes with Sticky Maple Pecans, as well as recommendations for mulled wine, hot chocolate spiked with peppermint schnapps, and her Poinsettia cocktail, a combination of sparkling wine, Cointreau and cranberry juice. Though bakers may be weary of committing to a fruitcake or the intimidating Buche De Noel cake, Sticky Gingerbread and Lawson's chocolate cake-laced with cinnamon, cloves, and a Cointreau cream frosting-offer toothsome, worry-free alternatives. Gifts are also covered, including Vanilla Sugar, Dried Cherries in Cherry Brandy, infused vodkas and peanut brittle. Lawson's fans and those who've been looking for a solid Christmas cookbook will find this a valuable addition to the bookshelf, but anyone with a reliable Christmastime canon may find it redundant.
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"Nigella covers just about all the quick bases in Express . . . this is a recipe collection that could get you through the holidays."—The Washington Post

"The recipes are a mix of dishes that are quick to prepare and cook--so you can have your dinner out of the grocery bag and on to the table in half an hour or so--and dishes that are easy to prepare early in the day and then are simply left to simmer slowly."—Good Housekeeping

"Nigella Lawson has conjured up a voluptuous volume of what she called 'fast food for those who love eating.' . . . it's a Nigella-style feast . . . A perfect choice for cooks who would rather sip wine than labor over a hot stove, Nigella Express is, as the British say, brilliant."—People

"A fast feast may seem like a concept at odds with itself, but the goddess of easy extravagance, Nigella Lawson, has figured out how to put together a lavish party menu in ultrashort order . . . That's what her latest cookbook, Nigella Express, is all about--time savers that don't compromise on flavor but are so effective you'll feel you got away with something."—O at Home

Customer Reviews

This book has several recipes which I can't wait to try.
Danielle Burchman
I cooked a "Nigella Christmas" for the extended family and we all loved it.
Greg M
I love easy recipes like this, and I'm sure you do, too.
Esther Schindler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2009
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I should start out by saying that I don't cook Christmas dinner. That holiday is the province of my best girlfriend, though we are invited (ha! required!) to contribute to the meal. (If we didn't show up with appetizers and dessert there would be a lot of grumbling. Perhaps banishment.) However, we do plenty of cooking around the holidays (New Year's eve is _our_ turn) -- and oh boy oh boy am I glad I have this new cookbook to inspire me. Because despite the title, Nigella could easily have called this book "Entertaining Without Losing Your Mind."

Yes, a large part of the book is given over to recipes for "the main event," i.e. Christmas dinner. You'll find all the usual suspects (at least British style, such as a trifle rather than an apple pie). Certainly, if you're looking for a holiday cookbook, you will have reason to shout with joy.

But unlike Thanksgiving, which means turkey to most people, Christmas has a lot more leeway in regard to what you serve. Ham, turkey, goose, whatever. As a result, plenty of these recipes are suitable for ANYtime you want to entertain a crowd (depending on what "crowd" means to you and the size of your dining table, that could mean as few as 6 and as many as 20). There are several all-inclusive menus, any of which I'd be pleased to put before my guests and which, given Nigella's sensible attitudes about cooking ahead and taking life easy, I might get to enjoy as the cook, too. For example, one of her Christmas dinners is rolled stuffed loin with rubied gravy (ruby being port in this case), Italian roast potatoes with garlic and thyme, Christmas sprouts, red beet orzotto, and panettone pudding. That's a great Christmas meal, sure, but it'd work equally well for Easter. Or for a birthday dinner.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MeginPhilly on November 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a devotee of all things Nigella, I'm ashamed to say it; but I nearly missed out on this wonderful book. I read an early review that said it was a rehash of all things Feast, and I took the reviewers "word" for it.

Fast forward to this week, picked it up at the discount book store to peruse (and feel smugly superior) and was heartbroken to think of all of the treats I'd missed out on for the past year.

The majority of the recipes are new,and those that are revisits are offered with several new variations on a theme. Delightful and Deliciously seductive read, and one that carries through with her unique organizational chapture structure (I like the seasonally festive gift options) A welcome addition to my Nigella collection.

Can't wait to make everything!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By whoever on January 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My mother-in-law gave me this lovely book for Christmas and it's everything I had hoped it would be. I am a huge Nigella fan -- love her writing, love the recipes, love the gorgeous photographs. I am not the one in charge of my family's Christmas meals, but it appears that the recipes would also be suitable for other holidays, entertaining, or just because they are good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jviles on November 12, 2010
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Nigella Lawson is a superb author, no matter what subject she is writing about. All of her books are great! However, I have always felt that she is at her best when writing about Christmas, thus, I feel that this is her finest outing. The Christmas chapters in "How to Eat", "Feast", and "Express" were great...but this book is a homerun! The recipes are perfect for the season, and make you really wnat to get in the kitchen and invite freinds and family over to celebrate.

As always, the recipes are delicious, and they all work like a charm! They are all easy to prepare, but look and taste like something really special. The other great thing about this book (as many other reviewers have pointed out) is that these recipes and menus really work for any entertaining occasion in the fall and winter. I have happily used this book for Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year as well as Christmas! It makes entertaining for crowds a real and fun possibility, no matter what the occasion.

The recipes in here are absolutely some of my favorite. The Effortless Home Cured Pork (brined in apple juice, maple syrup and spices) is so easy, and yet the meat turns out oozing with flavor and is so tender (no small feat for grocery store pork!)The Lamb and Date Tagine is exotically spiced and the perfect thing to have when you have guests. The Bourbon glazed Ribs and Party Poussins are also completely wonderful and the perfect things for easy holiday entertaining. In fact, the whole festive supper chapter is worth the price alone. There are SO many things that have worked their way into my families traditions. We follow the Christmas day timeline for Thanksgiving and we have the Ginger Glazed Ham, Perfect Roast Potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage, and Spruced Up Vanilla Cake for Christmas night.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Raine on April 8, 2010
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Like all my Nigella books, I have read this word-for-word, cover-to-cover. (I find them so readable and enticing - rare among my cookery books. The only other cookery writer I've come across who inspires similar devouring is Nigel Slater).
There are some beautiful Christmas-centric pages but I find that much of this book is useful all year. I keep returning to certain favourites on a regular basis. Trouble is, the calorific options are excusable in the midst of festive excess but a recipe for unwanted curvature when eaten all year. My waistline rues the day I discovered the Girdlebuster Pie. (Unlike my family and friends, who love it!)
If you love food, Christmas and serving up sumptuous delights, I'd certainly recommend this book.
Another Nigella triumph.
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More About the Author

Nigella Lawson is the British bestselling author of Nigella Express: Good Food Fast, Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, Forever Summer, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, and How to Eat, which have sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide. Her 2005 book Feast: Food to Celebrate Life inspired 'Nigella Feasts,' which debuted on Food Network in fall 2006. The Domestic Goddess is back in her second Food Network series, 'Nigella Express,' launched in fall 2007 in conjunction with the release of Nigella Express. American audiences also know Nigella as host of 'Forever Summer with Nigella,' her popular cooking/lifestyle series that aired on style, and 'Nigella Bites,' which aired on E! Entertainment Television and style. In July 2003, Nigella launched Nigella Lawson's Living Kitchen, a range of kitchen items designed in collaboration with Sebastian Conran, to widespread acclaim in the U.S.

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