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Christmas Cookbook

Christmas Cookbook

Read reviews of Christmas cookbooks and recipe books to help you decide which to buy along with discounts for each one:

Christmas Cook

A Christmas cookbook is the perfect gift for those who love food and cooking. Below are reviews of those enjoyed by us.

The Drummer Boy

The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.

Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.

Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.

Hairy Bikers 12 Days of Christmas

The Hairy Bikers' 12 Days of Christmas: Fabulous Festive Recipes to Feed Your Family and Friends is a fun book filled with over 120 Christmas food recipes combined with superb photos of them in the kitchen and past family photos.

We love the informal chatty way that The Hairy Bikers present their television programmes and this continues. As with their TV programmes they are ever so easy to follow and cook.

It is perfectly laid out with sections such as pickles, traditional Christmas recipes like pudding and cake, sorbets, chutneys, main meals like turkey with two stuffings
or roast goose with ginger and orange stuffing, desserts such as cranberry, date and macadam pudding and vegetarian Christmas dinner recipes like vegetable nut and spinach roast with wild mushroom gravy. The international section includes foods such as Transylvanian Terrine from Lili, Dave's wife, which is made from pig's trotters.

Drinks include mulled wine, sloe gin and egg nog as well as more unusual ones such as royal gin fizz.

For those with a sweet tooth, much like The Hairy Bikers, do look out for the creamy fudge, orange truffles, candied peel, panettone, stollen, chocolate Yule log and panforte.

Si King and Dave Myers (the real names of The Hairy Bikers) go a stage further than most by adding sections which include edible gifts such as pickled pears in a jar, Boxing Day breakfast meals such as cinnamon swirls or gypsy toast and even a nibbles section which has tasty homemade parsnip crisps. They continue this good value by including some New Year's Day meals such as salmon pastillas with salad and salmon roe and for dessert a luscious chestnut and chocolate roulade.

This volume provides hearty food that is needed for the winter months. They are easy to follow with ingredients that are commonly found in supermarkets throughout the UK. Each of the recipes has stunning photographs by photographer Cristian Barnett. The Hairy Bikers recognise that this is a special time to spend with families and encourage you to make preparations before the day as simple as possible to help reduce the time you spend in the kitchen. They also include a countdown section which is broken down by times so that you know when to make the brandy sauce, steam the pudding or give attention to the roast potatoes.

Boxing Day is a traditional day of leftovers and there are handy ideas to help bring out the flavours of the leftover turkey. These include cold turkey and ham pie with cranberry topping, a chunky curry, a filling turkey and vegetable soup and goose risotto.

It would be easy to judge this as being a bloke's book, especially after reading the pages about the advantages of drinking beer to cleanse the palate or the section about how to serve cheese to bring out flavours and how to create the perfect cheeseboard. However it has universal appeal offering something for everyone such as humour in the kitchen, quick dishes, fun photos and a simple guide to a Christmas menu. A particularly useful section depicts and describes all the parts of the turkey and how to get the best out of each part of this seasonal bird.

It was first published in hardback in 2010 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. It is worth buying just to see the last photograph of Si King and Dave Myers which sums up the time after Xmas dinner!

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Little Old Lady Recipes

Little Old Lady Recipes is pocket sized and would make a wonderful stocking present for those who love cooking.

Read our review of this on the family cookbook page.

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