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Good Food: Christmas Made Easy (BBC Good Food) [Paperback]

Mary Cadogan
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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8 Sep 2005 BBC Good Food

The Good Food team and their favourite celebrity chefs have been planning and cooking Christmas for their readers for years. This Christmas cookbook, which represents amazingly good value at 7.99 for the paperback, is the culmination of all that experience and the definitive guide to seasonal cooking and entertaining over this most important time of the year.

Full of tips and secrets to ensure that every Christmas dish is a rip-roaring success, the cook will be relaxed in the knowledge that all the recipes are practical and easy to follow.

Time is in short supply during the festive season so the recipe book shows the reader which dishes can be made ahead, what can be frozen and how to cheat successfully when the chips are down.

Readers will find over 80 festive recipes, all photographed, and features also include the complete Christmas day feast - turkey with all the trimmings, and more - with an essential timeplan, and guest contributions from all the top chefs.

Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; New Ed edition (8 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563522860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563522867
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Worth checking that this doesn't already appear on your bookshelf, as this is an old book with a nice new dust-jacket - underneath is the somewhat dated looking original gold cover.

Having said that it is a useful compilation of 80+ festive, tried and tested recipes from celebrity chefs, food writers, and the team at BBC 'Good Food' Magazine, (recipes previously published in the Magazine) - 'every Christmas recipe you'll need from canapés to Christmas Cake.'

144 high quality, shiny pages split over main chapters:

1. Get a Head Start for Christmas
2. Easy Entertaining
3. Christmas Day Lunch
4. Not the Christmas Turkey
5. Vegetarian Christmas Crackers
6. Other Fabulous Desserts
7. Decorating the Cake

Along with an introduction, a 'Christmas Made Easy' planner, an index and a 'Christmas by Mail Order section', (the book is now over two years old, so this information may have changed) and a 2-page time-plan.

Each recipe has a timing and an ingredients list with a clear step-by-step method, interspersed with 'alternatives' and useful tips, along with 'chefs' serving suggestions'.

Festive photography throughout, although the 'step-by-step photographs, to help you get the best results', are fewer that this text implies.

The rear cover has an alphabetical list of all the contributors, including Darina Allen, Raymond Blanc, Antonio Carluccio, Ainsley Harriott, James Martin, Nick Nairn, Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein and Gregg Wallace.
Mary Cadogan, the editor, 'is a food writer with a wealth of experience in many areas of the food world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the mincemeat recipe alone 12 Jun 2012
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This was recommended to me by a friend and she did not let me down.

The recipes are clear, as easy as they suggest and with useful pictures. The book covers all tastes and the different Christmas events but without a doubt the star is the mincemeat recipe. It is easy, cheap and divine. I will never buy ready made stuff again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Food !!!! 21 Dec 2013
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Brilliant book with some really lovely recipes some of which I have already tried.
This is my second Good Food book and I wasn't disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fancy Christmas Bakes 21 Feb 2013
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Some very innovative ideas all of which were well received and looked very impressive on the table

Great ideas for festive gifts too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Christmas Entertaining 21 Jan 2013
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Has a good selection of recipes for the festive period. Not just turkey or canapés. A good additional to my Christmas collection at a good price.
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