Top books to help you cook the perfect Christmas dinnerChristmas 2015
There is something so old-fashioned about cooking a Christmas dinner from a cookbook. Not only have these books stood the test of time and become memorable classics, they also provide renewed enthusiasm to tired menus. Use them to help you cook the perfect dinners, lunches or even breakfasts this Christmas. They even make wonderful stocking stuffers!
Nigella Lawson is the reigning queen of cooking, Christmas notwithstanding. Her book is filled to the brim with recipes that will be your happy helpers in the kitchen. There is an incredible section with cocktails that will certainly hit the spot and another that includes homemade gifts. The result, as always with Nigella Lawson, is effortlessly delicious.
Must-try recipe: Ham in Coca-Cola, Rocky Road
Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 1, 2 & 3
This collection is a classic and I cannot imagine my bookshelf without it! This sort of cooking may seem excessive, but if done right it is certainly rewarding. Impress your guests the Julia Child way, with classic French cooking that is deliciously gratifying. The latest versions have been updated to include the use of gadgets too.
Must-try recipe: Bûche de Noël for the perfect Christmas dessert, French Potato Salad as the perfect side dish.
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Izzy Hossack is a wonderful blogger. She’s young, knows food well and is not afraid to experiment. This book just exudes warmth! Hossack’s recipes are always a pleasant surprise and she includes vegan and gluten-free recipes, to make sure that she caters to everyone. This book is beautifully styled and photographed by her, and will definitely give you serious food envy.
Must-try recipe: Pretzel Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas morning breakfast
Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home To Yours
Like us, Dorie Greenspan is not immune to the power of a freshly baked cookie. She loves them so much that she now runs a store in New York, baking and selling only cookies. If you’re stuck in a biscuit rut, turn to this book, which contains so many more gems than cookies.
Must-make recipe: Vanilla Sables, Espresso Shortbread for a fun Christmas Cookie swap!
America’s Test Kitchen’s The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook
I completely trust the publishers of Cook’s Illustrated and am always sure that their recipes will turn out well, due to the meticulous testing they go through. Don’t forget to include your vegetarian friends this year, with a treasure trove of fun, converted recipes!
Must-make recipe: Sweet potato and Swiss Chard Gratin.