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Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook Hardcover – 2006
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With the Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook, bringing the holiday spirit into your home has never been easier. From tasty recipes and entertaining essentials tocreative gift-giving and decorating ideas, this complete resource shows you howto add sparkle to the season (not stress!) and how to entertain with little fuss and lots of flair.
Plan wonderful menus with 250 tantalizing recipes, including classics suchas Roast Turkey and Do-Ahead Ravioli-Sausage Lasagna and variations. Make the holiday shine with Christmas Breakfast Cr?pes, Holiday Salad with Parmesan Fans, Merry Cherry Fudgies and more. Use the cocktail primer to make serving holiday beverages a snap, and surprise your guests with festive drinks like Merry Mimosas or nonalcoholic choices likeCinnamon Cider and Quick Cranberry Punch. Discover clever suggestions and how-tos in "Make-Ahead Magic,""Holiday Inspiration" and "New Twist" tips sprinkled throughout. They include special touches, time-savers and fun, creative serving ideas you can use all year long.
You'll also find two chapters packed with gifts you can makefor eating or for decoration. Turn your kitchen into Santa's Workshop and let the kids pitch in making cookies, candies and other goodies. Or choose from twenty-three fun craft projects and find unique packaging ideas to add extra pizzazz.
A Holiday Survival Guide and a Holiday Countdown Calendar help you with planning, organization and preparation so you can pull everything together smoothly and have time to relax and bask in the holiday glow with friends and family.
With a fresh, appealing design, beautifulcolor photos and illustrations and a comfortable, friendly style, this book will make you want to take your time and savor every page. So enjoy the Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbookand have a wonderful holiday season!
From the Back Cover
Betty Crocker's spectacular all-in-one Christmas cooking, decorating and entertaining book helps youGet in the spirit
Get everything doneInvolve the kids
Have a little fun
Do things ahead
Bake special treats
Host the partyPrepare the feast
Give gifts from your kitchenEnjoy old and new traditions
Deck the hallsEnjoy it all!
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As an object of nostalgia, I would rate it 5 stars. It looks exactly like the original, and has the same durable and convenient hardcover spiral binding that I remember. Although if you look carefully, you can tell that the cover is from a "photo of a photo," as the image isn't quite as crisp as an original would be. Also, the green glossy material used on the inside of the front & back covers was not in the original. However, everything else about the book is a perfect reproduction.
As a 21st-century cookbook for children to use, I'd probably give it only 3 stars. There is a lot about cooking that has changed in the 60 years since this book was first published:
* Our understanding of nutrition has improved significantly
* We encounter a greater variety of ingredients, especially fresh produce, in our stores
* Our food landscape has been enriched by many contributions from nearly every continent and every corner of the earth (I had definitely never heard of hummus or chiles rellenos when I used to read this book on lazy summer afternoons), and
* Rather than seeing canned/highly processed foods as exciting miracles of modern culinary technology, we now see them as the less healthy and less tasty versions of food.
This cookbook is definitely rooted in the food styles, tastes and knowledge of its mid-20th-century era.
That being said, this was a very, VERY good children's cookbook for its era. The recipes are creative, attractive, and often whimsical. There is a LOT of information for a budding cook who doesn't want to just learn a particular recipe, but actually wants to learn how to cook - such as cooking methods and terminology, types of utensils, safety guidelines. It piques the interest through extras like the illustrations (including many gorgeous full-page color glossy photos of finished recipes) and the sidebar tips from the 12 kids who were the "Junior Testers" of all the recipes in the book.
So, bottom line:
1. If you are an adult who was in love with this book as a kid, buy it.
2. If you are thinking of buying it for a child in your life today, I would say go ahead and buy it for its instructional value in the basics of cooking, but give the child a more contemporary children's cookbook at the same time.
How much to love! The recipes are cute and imaginative, fairly simple but delicious. The kitchen tips and advice are stellar for any age. How to set the table? It’s here. How to scramble eggs? Also here. Measuring, stirring, meal prep are all described and illustrated in a most kid friendly format.
It’s safe; parental permission and supervision is invoked whenever heat or knives are involved.
May I recommend the chocolate pudding? It’s the most stained page in my copy...
I just purchased the newest edition for my seven year old grandson. I was thrilled that the cover is exactly the same as mine (though cleaner), and I hope it gives him the beginning of the same lifelong enjoyment of cooking as it gave me.