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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718159306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718159306
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The celebrated food writer, who died in 1991, apparently always meant to write a book called Food for Christmas and had not only collected recipes and useful quotes but written the introduction, which makes clear her preference for smoked salmon and a glass of champagne without all the commercial fuss. She even regretted the failure of Cromwell's regime to suppress the whole thing, as clandestine festivities would have been much more fun than enforced jollifications. Her recipes vary between the deliberately old-fashioned, like spiced beef or suckling pig, and those intended to be innovative, such as the family recipe for chocolate ice cream instead of Christmas pud. A welcome revival that fills a gap for those who have thumbed too many times through Delia Smith's Christmas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elizabeth David is the woman who changed the face of British cooking. She introduced post-war Britain to the sun-drenched delights of the Mediterranean and her recipes brought new flavours and aromas into the kitchens across Britain.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2003
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I cannot praise this lovely book too highly. It has all the David magic - exquisite prose, trenchant opinions and luscious recipes: some are of academic interest but nonetheless fascinating; most are dishes of simplicity but also subtlety and finesse. The closing essay 'Para Navidad' is perhaps one of the most perfect writings about food I have ever read. Congratulations too, to the book designer and the photographer. The beautiful cover is a true indicator of the delights within and Elizabeth David, who had a keen visual sense, would have loved the photographs which are not so much of cooked dishes but of simple, pure, beautiful ingredients that make you want to dash off to the kitchen and set to. This is the second book that the editor, Jill Norman, has compiled since ED's death, using the author's notes and files, and a worthy successor to "Is there a nutmeg in the house?" Both show great skill and a light hand - ED's unique voice rings clear and true from every page. Brilliant!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 23 Jun. 2013
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...the typical Elizabeth David way.

'The celebrated food writer, who died in 1992, apparently always meant to write a book called 'Food for Christmas' and had not only collected recipes and useful quotes but written the introduction, which makes clear her preference for smoked salmon and a glass of champagne without all the commercial fuss.......'

Edited by Jill Norman, the preface goes on to explain that the idea of the book was first hatched way back in the seventies...not just a book of recipes, but one which gathered all ED's Christmas material in one neat little volume.

Elizabeth David's Christmas has dark red board covers with gold lettering to the spine.
It measures in at 22 cm x 15.5 cm x 1.75 cm and is dressed in a simple dust-jacket.
Inside are 214 matt pages, split over chapters:

♦ Celebrating Christmas
~ Christmas is a family occasion
~ Untraditional Christmas food
~ Cooking for a family
~ Christmas preparations
~ Life after Christmas
~ A country Christmas (George Eliot)

♦ First courses and cold meats

♦ Soups

♦ Poultry and Game
~ What to do with the bird

♦ Meat
~ Traditional Christmas dishes
~ Christmas in France

♦ Vegetables and Salads
~ The magpie system

♦ Sauces, Pickles and Chutneys

♦ Desserts, Cakes and Drinks
~ Plum pottage, porridge, broth and pudding
~ The pudding
~ Frumenty or fermity
~ Christmas drinks
~ Para Navidad

sandwiched between an introduction and a list of other books by Elizabeth David.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Dec. 2010
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This book was put together after Elizabeth David's death by her long-time editor, Jill Norman, although they had first discussed the project back in the 1970's. The book collects together recipes drawn from Elizabeth David's books, themselves drawing on earlier books, & notes and her many years of journalism.

It is perhaps somewhat surprising to learn that Elizabeth would have preferred an omelette and cold ham with a glass of Alsace for lunch on Christmas Day and a smoked salmon sandwich with champagne for supper. I think she speaks for many of us when she writes: "The grisly orgy of spending and cooking and anxiety has to be faced."

This collection is presented in the usual Elizabeth David style so don't expect a list of ingredients followed by the method/recipe. Hers is a more narrative style, often with historical information about where the recipe derived from, remembrances of earlier Christmases (an amusing story of Christmas lunch in war-time Egypt). It is interesting too that in some recipes (for example for a white chicken cream, a kind of mousseline), the advent of modern kitchen equipment makes what were once very time consuming recipes much quicker and easier to prepare. As she says: "Pounding and sieving the chicken meat took so long that I made the dish only for very special occasions. Food choppers and processors have now changed all that, making it feasible to experiment often and with any amount of variations."

There are lots of traditional recipes not often seen these days, and ideas for using leftovers. For example, there is potted spiced beef, lots of pates & terrines, a small number of soups including potato, tomato & celery; mushroom cream; pumpkin & celery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mary Fisher on 25 May 2013
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Although the book was compiled posthumously by Jill Norman David shines through, her enthusiasm for food and history can't be quenched by the grave.

I gained many ideas and was very surprised by some of the information, it seems that our beliefs about the past aren't always right, dishes were far more diverse than they are today.

Recommended for people who want to know more about our past, Christmas dishes, those who want to try to recreate them (not always possible because of the difficulty of obtaining some ingredients, those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen or even those who like to sit and read good words.
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