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on November 4, 2016
Another wonderful book from Rick Rodgers! Full of precise directions, great stories, easy-to-showstopping recipes to delight every skill level - this is my favorite kind of cookbook. I use this all year, as well as his terrific "Thanksgiving 101".
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on October 26, 1999
CHRISTMAS 101, a parallel volume to last year's THANSKGIVING 101, covers all aspects of the holidays, in addition to actual food preparation. There are many tips on how to get all of it--cleaning, decorating, card-writing, grocery shopping, cookie baking, pre-holiday entertaining, the Big Days themselves--all done, while remaining a sane inhabitant of this planet.
This is a book dedicated to good food and good times. Rogers recalls many nostalgic moments from his own lifetime of holidays which will likely evoke the same feelings in most readers. He provides authentic recipes from the past, and also addresses present-day concerns. Offerings include: classic egg nog, as well as a no-raw-egg version; traditional Jell-O salad, plus a more contemporary Roasted Beet & Apple Salad; some popular turkey and ham entrees, plus a fantastic tri-color lasagna. The baking recipes--particularly those involving cookies--are thorough, detailed, and guaranteed to produce spectacular results (and "Cinnamon Stars" is one of the very best I have come across in a long time). Above all, the recipes emphasize do-ahead steps, and rely on readily available ingredients, so that you won't find yourself in the grocery store at 11:30 p.m. on the biggest New Year's Eve of our lifetimes, in search of some exotic item for an hors d'oeuvre recipe.
Rogers is no Martha Stewart, with hot glue gun in hand. Although he provides many successful strategies for decorating, they are straight-forward and easily accomplished. Just as in his last book, he examines the history of certain customs (Christmas punch, holiday cookies, champagne & caviar), and gives some insight into some of today's most popular traditions. His recommendations for Christmas CDs and classic must-see holiday videos are right on target.
It's only October, so take a deep breath, do some reading now, and then sit back to thoroughly enjoy the final holiday season of the 1900s!
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on January 15, 2017
Helps take the fear out of entertaining. And a lot of good ideas for the more experienced. Easy to follow, with some practicality.
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on January 3, 2017
A nice addition to my cookbook library.
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on March 2, 2016
very nice book
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on March 8, 2015
OK. Nothing really new but if you liked the old trusties, you can do a lot worse.
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on February 6, 2011
I host Christmas at my home every year for my extended family and I think this book is terrific. It helps with the planning and suggests time-tables. The recipes are wonderful!
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on December 12, 2008
This book has the best cookie recipes! I get rave reviews on the cookies, and the fruitcake is out of this world. people (well, those who like fruitcake) literally beg for the recipe. I have not tried many of the entrees or sides, but they look good. The best things about this book are the great instructions, the timetables, and tips. You know all you need to know about a recipe before you try it. highly recommended!
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on September 27, 2014
Only OK.
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on December 8, 2016
Buy this book if for no other reason, the Fudge recipe is perfection - turns out everytime, does not crystallize and doesn't need to be refrigerated. To make it even easier, I use my Kitchenaid to mix it! I have made it into rocky road fudge by adding marshmallows and chocolate chips after it has cooled. The Sugar Cookies are also great. I love this book so much, I just ordered extra copies to give as gifts and to replace my falling apart from too much use, copy. Thank you.
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