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Nigella Christmas: Food Family Friends Festivities Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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!!!
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.Read more ›
What we found disappointing was the lack of her usual depth and precision in description of preparation methods for those recipes which were new.
My wife is a hobbyist gourmet cook and so really knows her way around a recipe and preparation methods. She reads cookbooks for entertainment and has several shelves full of books. But by following recipes in this book, we had three major (and VERY expensive) failures.
We should have known something was wrong. At several points, my wife said, "This just doesn't make sense." Later we saw her prepare one of these recipes (at which we had failed grandly) on TV and realized that what was written was sadly incomplete.
Her other books are very good, we just can't recommend this one as our failures cost us multiples of the cover price.
Wait for the next edition, perhaps some of these shortcomings will be fixed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best Christmas book ever for the kitchen. Have made many of the recipes. All very tasty.Published 25 days ago by Diana Williams
Awesome, easy to follow directions. Beautiful photos. And some things I wouldn't tackle, but a super handy reference I turn to year after year (and not just at Christmas!).Published 2 months ago by Truly Impressed
Had it delivered way earlier than the given date. Very fast delivery and it's a thick book. Great gift for ChristmasPublished 2 months ago by kimberly deeb