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Christmas Sweets: 65 Festive Recipes - Table Decorations - Sweet Gift Ideas Hardcover – September 20, 2007

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"If you would like to set about making your own (untroubled) Christmas memories, the eminently collectible Christmas Sweets is a good place to start. This delectable keepsake from Chronicle Books contains recipes, decorations, and gift ideas concocted by Georgeanne Brennan, photographed by Richard G. Jung, and artfully brought together by Jennifer Barry. Ms. Brennan's recipes inject reality into the fantasy of the season." The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2007

"Ms. Brennan's recipes inject reality into the fantasy of the season. 'Many people do not like the bright red, green and yellow candied or glaceed fruits found in fruitcake,' she wrote. Her updated recipe for Bite-Sized Dark Rum Fruitcakes replaces the citron with dried apricots, dates, currants and raisins: problem solved." &mdashThe New York Times, December 16, 2008

About the Author

Georgeanne Brennan has written more than a dozen books on cooking, including A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France. She writes regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle, Fine Cooking, Metropolitan Home, and the New York Times.

Richard G. Jung is a London-based food and travel photographer.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811859320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811859325
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,375,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. O. on December 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a cookbook addict. I bought this to give as a gift from another source. When I flipped through the book, I decided not to gift this, because I didn't even like several of the photos of Christmas cookies, etc. I just found the book to be uninspiring.

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I tried one recipe from this book, Turkish Delights that was a complete waste. It required liquid pectin which was difficult to find. I followed the directions exactly and was very disappointed when the mixture never set. It remained like liquid jello. Not good, I tossed it out.
Needless to say I will not be trying any other recipes from this book.
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This book is much smaller then I expected.But it has a few recipes I will use
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I tried two different recipes in this book and was very disappointed. I tried the Turkish Delight, using pectin. It set up nicely - but too nicely. It turned into this large mass of an unbreakable, uncuttable lollipop. I don't know how or where they got that photo in the book but it wasn't from this recipe. I also tried the candy cane cookies as featured on the front cover. The dough seemed wet and doughy so I stuck it in the fridge to harden it up. Didn't work. My first candy cane was a mess. Had to add more flour to it. On top of that, unless you are adding the entire bottle of red food coloring, your dough is going to turn out pink.
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