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The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas Hardcover – November 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 297 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688091288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688091286
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book received very timely and was better than expected.
R. Rogers
I start reading this book in September--as soon as the nights start getting crisp--and read it right through until Christmas every year.
Michael A. Steen
It was nice to be able to get this book so that I could pass this collection down to my children.
Anna Maria Alberghini

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Steen on June 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
With warmth, wit, wonderment, and joy, Jeff Smith gives as a wise and loving book of recipes for his favorite season of all. Part history, part spirituality, part religion, and part autobiography, this cookbook gives us warm and comforting recipes to bring light to the darkest nights of the year.
There are quotes from the Bible, a wonderful poem by T.S. Eliot, photos throughout of Jeff's handcarved Italian creche--and the recipes. He offers up recipes specifically for the Wise Men, the camel, the Roman soldiers, the donkey, and even the tax collector. From the simple sop (bread and gravy) to the crown roast of pork and the Dickensian puddings, Smith's recipes comfort us and put us in the holiday season even if we don't cook them. (But we should!!)
I start reading this book in September--as soon as the nights start getting crisp--and read it right through until Christmas every year. And THIS year I'm going to make the fruitcake!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book takes you through the history and traditions of Christmas, with full meals illustrated. My favorites - The crown roast of pork, with sausage stuffing. Favorite side dishes include brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar and baked onions. A great read, and a must-have for the holidays.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the first recipe book I ever sat down and read from cover to cover. It has become one of my Christmas traditions, and one I share with friends and family by giving it as a gift.
Jeff Smith shares a lot of his personal feelings about the significance of Christmas, and his writing is obviously based on historical research. In a charming progression, he takes us through the events of the first Christmas and designates a feast including a special dish for each of the characters involved, from the Christ child Himself, to the angels, to even the beasts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on June 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I know...I know, thinking of Christmas!??? at this time of year! well, maybe Christmas in July! lol! This book is filled with great recipes, history and tradition for any holiday! Jeff Smith spoke about interesting traditions and origins on his entertaining PBS show. Before 'The Food Network' we had the witty and talented 'Frugal Gourmet'. This book deals with some grand feasts and some very good classic family dishes. From fancy to "just great traditional family food"! This book has a lot to offer. This one has lots of illustrations and family stories. Something the world seems to be missing these days is time spent in the kitchen with the family preparing meals for "get together". Make time for this book, your family and friends! Even if your not a "religious" person these are words to live by.

This is yet another excellent cook book by Jeff Smith! It's full of great recipes and stories by a very talented cook and writer. This one focuses on old world cooking. I have used many of these recipes and found them to be very good. Being a home grown cook myself and having had many of my grandmother's classic recipes handed down to me, I found this book to be very helpful in expanding my culinary taste buds.

Jeff Smith entertained us for years on his PBS program 'The Frugal Gourmet'. Not only did he teach us many savory dishes, he also educated us. Not satisfied with just cooking delicious meals for his viewers, he would give detailed history lessons about the origins of the dish and made it all a lot of fun!

This may be Mr. Smiths best cook book and it is a worthy edition to everyone's cook book library. I own and have read many, if not all of his cook books, not only for the man's knowledge of cooking, but his incredible wit!
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The Latkes and Tzimmes has been a tradition for our (non-Jewish!) family for over two decades. The pages have been worn and much-loved. Great back stories about other cultures' traditions in this book. Passing this down to my own children.
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By B Wood on February 23, 2014
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The first half of the book tells a lot about common foods in the Holy Land around the time Jesus was born and gives recipes that people might have eaten back then, and has a section about where the Christmas traditions we celebrate came from. The second half of the book is current traditional recipes that are really good and tells how the recipes came about.
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By S. Fran Kelly on January 10, 2014
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This book is so much more than a compilation of Christmas recipes, frugal or otherwise. It is a fascinating history of Christmas food traditions, and an examination of the meaning of memory as it applies to family and tradition. "A true feast has nothing to do with what you eat…but with what you remember," Jeff Smith writes. The book does indeed stir up memories of Christmases past -- but it also made me want to focus on creating memorable experiences for my family to take into the future. The book makes good reading as well as good eating: my husband devoured the book, even reading sections aloud, while I prepared celebratory roast goose and figgy pudding. I look forward to trying more of Smith's recipes and have no intention of waiting until next Christmas to do so.
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The book includes dishes inspired by the characters in the Christmas story as well as many traditional Christmas dishes, figgy pudding, roast goose and hot buttered rum are all on my to do list now. There is a bit of Christmas story telling throughout the book but there are also dozens of recipes in there too. It has 3stars for content right now and I'll come back and give it more once I have tried the recipes.
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