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Christmas With Southern Living: Savor * Entertain * Decorate * Share

Christmas With Southern Living: Savor * Entertain * Decorate * Share [Kindle Edition]

Editors of Southern Living Magazine

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Due to technical issues, Christmas with Southern Living 2012 should only be viewed on the Kindle Fire at this time.

Christmas with Southern Living 2012 continues its more than 30-year history as the largest, most up-to-date and most complete guide to the holidays available. With more than 100 all-new recipes and dozens of decorating and entertaining ideas, it's the one-stop, everything-you-need book for Christmas celebrations. Not only does this book offer reades a variety of recipe ideas to help celebrate the season, but it also offers dozens of decorating, entertaining, and gift ideas. Some of the exciting features of Christmas with Southern Living 2012 include: quick entertaining and cooking tips, and spaces to make holiday card and gift lists, organize menu plans, and note decorating ideas and upcoming holiday events; photos of idea-pack holiday homes for creative, but not costly, decorating ideas; holiday table settings, centerpieces and mantel wreaths, and natural decorations; an extensive source list of where to find props and accessories pictured throughout the book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 46244 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (4 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00919E81I
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #971,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened? 8 Nov 2012
By J & R Howard - Published on
I've collected Christmas With Southern Living books since the mid-90's. They've been visually appealing; filled with great decorating ideas, yummy recipes and fresh, DIY gift ideas. But as I looked through the 2012 book, I found myself wondering over and over, what happened? My second thought was that I was glad I only paid ten dollars for it through bomc2.

To be more specific, the book just seemed to be way, way, WAY too fussy this year. The first part of the book was pretty, but filled with recipes that were very...gourmet, I guess. I'm an experienced cook and it still came across that way to me.

The middle of the book was not visually appealing to me at all. I usually enjoy the decor portion of the book, but this book looks like a Christmas bomb went off in it. It was so visually cluttered! I like elegant and romantic, but this was just too, too much, and not at all realistic for the average person. And a lot of it looked....old and oddly tinted, like viewing things through an instagram filter. I'm still confused.

The rest of the book *looked* much better, but didn't have much that was very appealing to me. I miss the more practical ideas that SL has provided in their Christmas books in past years. I missed the gift ideas and project ideas that have been shown before. I missed the instructions that have been present in the books from prior years. I also missed seeing the real (and realistic) homes that have been shown before. This book was filled with beautiful and luxurious homes, but they were mansions, for crying out loud. In the end, it was just something that I couldn't relate to for the *most* part, and despite being a serious crafter, not the kinds of things that I could or would do for my own home.

Anyway, I hate to give a negative review, but it's all honest and things I would have liked to know before buying the book.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `Tis the season 18 Oct 2012
By wogan - Published on
This book has the usual lovely Southern Living pictures that make everything look so appealing and so much in here is alluring to both eat and decorate. There is a section on meals for entertaining, decorating and then a section that has breakfast, appetizer and sides menus, another has projects to make for gifts.
The menu section has 5 meals with beautiful pictures and a game plan - a timetable of when to do things. We have already made and really enjoyed the Old Bay Bloody Mary, the cold roasted tenderloin of beef with creamy horseradish and the shrimp pilau. Most of the dishes are not very hard to make, especially if you are an experienced cook.

The decorating section shows some wonderful ideas, but there are no directions on how to do these projects. One thing really bothers me... they show with most of their garlands that drape over fireplaces - them hanging low, sometimes a foot below the firebox. Even with glass doors, heat will dry out these decorations and make them very flammable.
The next recipe section has some very good ideas for, especially breakfast dishes. We have made and enjoyed the bacon-caramelized onion-spinach bake. Dishes are labeled make ahead or easy.
The section with gifts to make does have directions and there are some nice ideas. There are instructions for canning 101, several holiday planners, including a pantry check off list and ideas for holiday gifts and holiday hot line numbers. There is a general index and a recipe index.

This is a nice book for Christmas ideas - the usual great Christmas inspirations and suggestions that Southern Living always has...just watch those garlands over the fireplaces.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Small Step Back in the Right Direction 15 Aug 2013
By Fisher Miles - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am relatively new to the CWSL series of books. My collection has quickly grown to include 17 books, including the special editions, "The Ultimate Southern Living Christmas Book" and "Southern Living Big Book of Christmas." (The special editions are actually unnecessary, as they contain much of the same material found in the regular annual books.) I am a HUGE fan of the books edited by Rebecca Brennan, which go up to the year 2010. They are FABULOUS, despite the fact that occasionally, some of the same ideas are featured in more than one book. But the love affair was tainted when the 2011 book came out, not edited by Brennan, but by Katherine Cobbs. The style was completely different and awful compared with the timeless elegance, delectable recipes, useful features and perfect layout of the offerings edited by Brennan. With that said, CWSL 2012 is a small step back in the right direction. Edited by Ashley T. Strickland, 2012 seems to want to recapture the style and elegance that was missing from 2011, but didn't quite get it done in my humble opinion.

Many (not all) of the recipes are a little too gourmet, and there aren't many that I desire to try. The decorations are a mixed bag; a few of them are beautiful, but many are over-the-top cluttered or downright uninspiring. Page 53 has the word "NOEL" spelled out with greenery and apples. I like the way it looks, but with no "how-to" instructions, it'll never be more than a photo. The "Merry Mantles," "Cheery Christmas Trees," and "Timeless Table Settings" Sections were all disappointing with nothing to write home about. The "Timeless Table Settings" section in particular, is nothing more than a huge missed opportunity. The ideas are very common ones that require little-to-no creativity, resourcefulness or even good taste: The same tired, gold-rimmed dishware with either a napkin or an ordinary place card holder, blah, blah, blah. And apparently, the more clutter, the better. The photo on page 81 contains so much clutter, I still have no idea what I'm looking at. The featured kitchen and decorative ideas in the "Old to New Again" section are hideous (fluffy marshmallow place settings? Seriously?).

I was delighted to see a section entitled "A Child's Christmas," and hope that CWSL continues this in future books. Unfortunately though, this section left a lot to be desired, and I hope it'll be improved upon in the future. Finally, I was a little disappointed that there was no section on gift wrapping this time.

There are a couple of reasons why, despite my criticism of this book, I gave it 3 stars. First of all, I already gave CWSL 1991 a 1-star rating; it was truly horrible, the worst of all. Compared to that, this one is definitely better. Also, there are a few recipes that look delicious, that I will probably try. Overall, the book is bright and cheerful with excellent quality photos, and I'm sure that it will appeal to others, especially those new to CWSL. However, sorry to say, it just doesn't come up to the level of excellence of the books edited by Rebecca Brennan.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!! 29 Sep 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have all the Christmas with Southern Living books for the last 15 years. Love them. Great recipes and wonderful decorating ideas
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to their usual quality.... 31 Dec 2012
By boxwood100 - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been buying these Southern Living Christmas books now for 11 years. During that time, there were a couple of flunkies but overall, 90% were well worth the money and more. However, this version, although gorgeous as usual, just didn't have the recipes that they normally do. The ham they had pictured for the main dish looked "homemade", nothing unusual about the sauce, and overall, just the same ho-hum recipes that we've all seen for the majority of our lives. I always buy the Southern Living Christmas books and the Gooseberry Patch Christmas books on an annual basis, and form my entire menu during the Christmas season from both of them (about a two-week time span so that's a bunch of new recipes!). However, this year, I only pulled two from this book since the majority of them were just either unappetizing or were nothing different than years past. The Coconut Rum pie was truly fantastic, moist, and just full of flavor (the rum cooks out and leaves no taste - not sure why it was used if only to add moisture. Could do that with a can of Coke and save the $10 rum cost.) The Gouda-Pancetta Grits Casserole was so tasty, that my children were finally able to stomach grits with fervor instead of the usual apprehension. I did, however, substitute regular bacon instead of pancetta since none of us particularly care for pancetta.

In addition, the decorating in this version was quite elegant and worth considering. And, believe it or not, truly attainable with only a slight bit of effort. Not everything suited my taste, but most were just fun to look at and replicate. But again, in years past, this was done a LOT better and my previous editions were used moreso than this version.

I sincerely hope Southern Living isn't "chintzing out" on their usual high standards - that would sicken me to no end. I've enjoyed their various books over the years, have WAY too many to count, and have looked forward to these books for 11 years. Hopefully, next year's edition with be lamblasted with succulent meats, tantalizing sides, and sumptuous desserts galore.

Recommend, but with the the above apprehensions.
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