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Delia's Happy Christmas [Hardcover]

Delia Smith
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Book Description

15 Oct 2009

Delia has long been the person we turn to for stress-free Christmas celebrations. This year, she celebrates 40 years of writing recipes and brings you Delia's Happy Christmas - the definitive guide to Christmas food.

This cookbook will help you to plan your Christmas festivities to the very last culinary detail, acting as an invaluable Christmas organiser from reminding you to make your Christmas pudding and chutneys in November to giving you a crucial countdown for the Last 36 Hours.

Delia's Happy Christmas will give you 150 recipes, including 100 new recipes and 50 much-loved classics, plus menu plans and shopping lists, illustrated with glorious full-colour photography. There are recipes for all your favourite traditional dishes - Delia's Classic Christmas Cake recipe has been in print for over 40 years and has never been bettered, but Delia has also created a Chestnut Cupcakes recipe to satisfy modern tastes. Of course there is Delia's foolproof recipe for a Traditional Roast Turkey and all the trimmings, and The Only Traditional Christmas Pudding as well as ideas for parties, boxing-day suppers, vegetarian feasts and what to do with leftovers.

Organisation is the key to success. If you follow Delia's Christmas calendar, you will be sure to create a very special Christmas. And even if you don't, there is always Delia's The Last-Minute Christmas - a chapter for those who leave things to the eleventh hour.

Everyone needs Delia at Christmas.

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Reprint edition (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091933064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091933067
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 22.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delia Smith is Britain's bestselling cookery writer, whose books have sold over 21 million to date. She began her writing career 40 years ago on the Daily Mirror and since then has presented very many cookery series on television and published numerous bestselling cookery books including Delia Smith's Cookery Course, Summer and Winter Collections, The Vegetarian Collection, Delia's How to Cook and Delia's Happy Christmas among others.

After a five-year break in 2003 to concentrate on Norwich City Football Club (where she is a director) and Canary Catering, Delia returned in 2008 with a new BBC TV series and the fastest-selling cookery book of all time, How to Cheat at Cooking. Her Complete How to Cook was released in 2009 to celebrate 40 years of writing recipes and was voted the Most Useful Cookery Book of All Time. She was also awarded a CBE for her services to the food industry. Delia is married to the writer and editor, Michael Wynn Jones. They live in Suffolk.

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"The year's hottest cookbook...the most brilliant Christmas book ever." (You Magazine, Mail on Sunday)

"Whether it's turkey roulade, roast stuffed goose, Christmas pud or chocolate truffle torte, Delia has the quick and easy know-how." (Heat)

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Happy Christmas, with love from Delia, xx.

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Delia book - Happy Christmas indeed! 27 Oct 2009
By Jan Mc
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Joy to the World. I was really looking forward to my new Delia Happy Christmas book and it doesnt disappoint. I have the original Christmas book too so was probably wondering at first, like others, would this be much different? Well Delia has really managed to ring the changes with this one, and it has brought us right up to date. It looks very elegant, very cool, calm and collected. This is one book to have with you before, during and probably after Christmas too, so many excellent entertaining recipes and ideas. New and old recipes, classic favourites and new twists all in one place. Lots of hints and preparation tips which will be particularly handy for the generation that Delia refers to, who havent cooked Christmas dinner before (and still a good reminder to those of us who have, many times!). I love the armchair shopping section too - if like me, you like to shop online, lots of great sites for your Christmas essentials.
Christmas just isnt Christmas without some of Delia's mums sausage rolls, hot from the oven, so do yourself a favour and make up a batch soon, grab a pad and pen and relax and plan your festivities. Cheers!
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206 of 211 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally lush! And NOT a rip-off 26 Oct 2009
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Delia Smith's first Christmas book (published 1990) is the King of Christmas Cookbooks. Now she has brought out a new cookbook, containing some recipes from the old, and a hundred new ones too. Does this short-change her readers?

I think this book is a great acquisition. Unlike some of the other humbug-ish reviewers here, I relish the chance to try some new Delia Christmas recipes, and I think they are totally characteristic of her excellent style. (One reviewer complains many of the recipes here appeared in a WHSmith Xmas special Delia did in 2003 and 2004 but for those of us who don't have copies handy, most of what's in this book will be new.)

Plenty of things have changed in the two decades since the first book was published and the hundred new recipes in this book reflect that. For example, people eat a lot less meat. Out of eleven recipes in the vegetarian section, only three come from the 1990 book. A new watercress soup, a vegetable pie, a different cheese terrine, a macadamia and pistachio nutroast. These are just one example.

The sections with the most duplication are the classic sections like Christmas cakes and puddings and the preserves, which is sort of understandable as it is difficult to think up innovation there. But even in cakes modern life has arrived - the Dundee cake recipe has disappeared, and there are two delicious sounding recipes using Panettone, the Italian Christmas cake now widely available in supermarkets.

Lists of suppliers have been updated, as have menu suggestions now stretching to every meal from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delias Christmas Winner 27 Oct 2009
By Dee Bee
I, like another reviewer, was waiting for the release of this book with anticipation. Although it does have many recipes that are in the original book and some from the WH Smith specials, there are some new vegetarian recipes which are useful. ( I only wish she had included some vegan ones) New seafood and Hogmany dishes.

It is useful to have all of the recipes together in one book and for a generation new to Delia and perhaps cooking at Christmas for the first time it is an excellent book.

The book looks very appealling and although could have done with more photographs, it is still a good book for dipping into and reading in the run up and planning stages of Christmas.

I had perhaps expected more, but overall a nice and useful book to have at this time of year.
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151 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever!!! 17 Oct 2009
By J. Pell
Delia's original Christmas book is one of my most used cookery books. I use it every Christmas. Have made all the Christmas cake recipes and use the Christmas pudding recipe every year. Love the Parmesan-baked parsnips, traditional ham, ice-creams etc.Every recipe works well and deserves it's place in the book.This book is a worthy successor. It's full of exciting recipes which I can't wait to try. Have bought it in good time so I can plan ahead.
Delia's recipes WORK and are tasty and delicious.Just what we need as part of a busy life!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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I am really delighted with the new Delia Happy Christmas book. I love the fact that all the true, tried and trusted Delia ideas are still there e.g. the last 36 hours and how to get organised well ahead. But with lots of new ideas too. I Can't wait to try out the Chrismas crackers - yummy pastry too. I think its so good to have a new pudding ideas as well - looks quite easy to do.

I do think we all worry at Christmas and Delia is certainly our family's solution! Other people seem to have tried to do Christmas but this is up to date and easy to follow great advice.

I have 2 daughters and have bought the book for both of them so they can do it all for me soon! I think it is a lovely tradition that i have had my old book for 19 years and now we can still be using Delia in 2009.

Just loved the cover of the book - so striking. Really pretty and unusual,
but still festive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Delia was the first cookery book i bought so over the year's i have purchased every one cannot go wrong , fantastic .
Published 8 days ago by ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
couldn't have done without it great book, good price
Published 20 days ago by tamarind1972
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot comment.....
on the content as this was gift but the recipient was very happy. She said another great Delia cookery book.
Published 1 month ago by luv2shop
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Delia..
This is my Christmas bible and I love it.. I do her cake every year and everybody that has tried it loves it to so this year I've had loads of request to bake them a cake also had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon
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Another brilliant cook book added to my collection. It was a bargain. :-)
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Published 1 month ago by Irene L. Bezer
5.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL
I have the original version of this cookbook and it's all I ever use at Christmas time . I purchased this as a present and I was delighted to see all the updates , new recipes and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by s p lukaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is my first book for Delia Smith, its has great recipes, the count down timetable to Xmas - for People who panic like me - of what to do and bake is just brilliant and also... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mira
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really good book lots of good recipes and recommendations, also lots of good tips got one for my friend aswell
Published 4 months ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
As you would expect with Delia Smith another superb book, such a delight to with lovely pictures of the recipes too.

Highly recommended
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Susan M. Darby
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible!
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! What else can one say - Delia is just the Queen of cook books.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs P
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