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Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook: Favorite Recipes and Holiday Traditions from My Home to Yours Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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About the Author
Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at www.DebbieMacomber.com.
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Oh, how I love Christmas. Give me an excuse to prepare a spread for my family or invite friends to the house, and I immediately head for the kitchen and reach for my cookbooks. (I've lost count of the number I've collected through the years. Cookbooks dating back to my years as a young wife and mother, even a recipe file from my teen years. I have notes from my grandmother, as well as my mother's recipes.)
What the holidays are really about is being with others. They're about celebrating and sustaining our personal community of family and friends, giving and receiving affection, reciprocating good timesand that so often takes the form of a shared meal.
Every year, for almost as long as I've been published, I've written a book that features some aspect of Christmas. It was my love of Christmas that brought those wacky and irrepressible angels, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, to life. That goes for Mrs. Miracle, too, along with dozens of holiday-themed stories. My goal wasand isto give you, my readers, something to take you away from the frantic activity of the Christmas season and yet ultimately reflect what it really means. To give you the gift of laughter and a few moments of respite and relaxation.
What I love most about the Christmas holidays is the traditions with family and friends. When Wayne and I were first married, we lived in western Washington State and our families lived on the other side of the Cascade Mountains. Traversing the mountain passes in the dead of winter wasn't always possible, so we had to start our own traditions.
I'll be passing on several of those Macomber family traditions in this cookbook. Take what you like and add your own unique twist. I offer them to you with a grateful heart for all you've done to support me through my publishing career.
I can say without hesitation that you're going to enjoy this cookbook. The recipes will leave you eager to get into the kitchen; the pictures are a feast for the eyes and will inspire you.
Please join me now and flip through the pages. As you read these recipes and Christmas craft suggestions, remember you'll be creating memories in your own kitchen, sharing a heritage of good eating with your family and friends.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
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Top Customer Reviews
However, I made the 3 cheese scalloped potatoes and will admit to being pretty disappointed. It seemed short on cheese and flavor and heavy on whole milk. The recipe was very time consuming as well. All of the recipes in this book call for unsalted butter. But then you add salt in the recipe. Seems silly to buy unsalted butter and then add salt in the recipe. In the case of the potatoes, the amount of salt and pepper added is not specified either. If you are watching your sodium, I imagine unsalted butter would be a plus, but otherwise I'm not sure I understand the rationale for this.
I get most of my recipes online these days, since I can almost always count on the ratings and reviews to tell me if it's going to turn out well and be worth my time. This book convinced me that I need to go back to online recipes and enjoy Debbie Macomber's fiction all by itself.
I am a vegetarian, and while I expected a Christmas Cookbook to be kind of meat-heavy, I was pleasantly surprised that it is really not! There are lots of recipes for sides and vegetarian dishes, or ones that are easily modified, as well as desserts, cookies and cakes. Overall it is just very well balanced and this has quickly become one of my favorite cookbooks/baking books.
I had never read any of Debbie Macomber's novels before; I bought her cookbook because it came up when doing a search for "Christmas Cookbooks" on Amazon, and the preview that's available on Amazon really appealed to me. I have since ordered and started reading her novel "Trading Christmas" because I liked the cookbook so much :-).
Update 12/27/11: I have now also made the apple cheddar scones, the cranberry bars with cream cheese frosting and white chocolate, as well as the chocolate hazelnut cheesecake. All three turned out absolutely amazing!!! I had never made a cheesecake before in my life, and was kind of scared of the outcome, but it was delicious (tasted like it was from the Cheesecake Factory), looked beautiful and had no cracks at all, thanks to Debbie's clear instructions. The cake got great reviews when I served it to my in-laws on Christmas Day.
I love this cookbook even more now.
On the other hand, recipes are quite ok.
Debbie Macomber's friendliness and warmth still are apparent as she shares her holiday best recipes
The recipes are good and easy to follow. I have made a few so far.
My family enjoyed them. I haven't had this cookbook for long so I am looking forward to making more of the recipes.
The stories that are woven within the pages of this cookbook are heartwarming and will bring a smile to you face.
It's like getting 2 books all within 1!
I highly recommend buying this book! You will enjoy it!