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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First Edition edition (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701183225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701183226
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigella Lawson has written nine bestselling cookery books, including the the classics How To Eat and How to Be a Domestic Goddess -- the book that launched a thousand cupcakes. These books, her TV series and her Quick Collection app, have made her a household name around the world. In 2014 she was voted Best Food Personality in a readers' vote at the Observer Food Monthly Awards.

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"The queen of feasts" (Heat)

"I’d happily go to Nigella Christmas for all my festive recipes. They’re reliable, sensible and delectable" (Tom Parker Bowles Mail on Sunday)

"Perfect for all celebrations to come" (Love Food)

"Once again, Nigella really makes you believe that you too could become a Domestic Goddess!" (Good Book Guide)

"When it comes to tasty, indulgent treats, there’s no better master than Nigella" (5 stars Heat)

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'Nigella Christmas...is Christmas. It's warm, funny, luxurious and just a little bit make-believe'

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185 of 195 people found the following review helpful By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I can't help really, really liking Nigella Lawson; she forces me, in spite of myself. I try to remember she's married to a millionaire and that she's probably written this whole Christmassy book in the middle of August but ... there's something genuine about her passion for parties, drinks, canapes, turkey... that by the end, is making me wish I was her. Or at least her friend.

This is a great christmas book, (although I am NOT going to agree with the person who says it's loads better than Delia! Don't be stupid! You cannot swap this book for Delia at christmas, not least for the simple practical reason that Nigella is WAY too big to go to Waitrose in the trolley. And I'm not putting chocolate in the Christmas cake, whatever NL says).

What is unique about Nigella's book? The little details you don't expect. Black bean soup hangover cures. Chicken soup flu remedies. A sharp fruit salad to wake you up on Christmas morning. Her naughty selection of Yuletide drinks (martinis made with earl grey tea, and um, honeyed vodka....).

There's a great selection of twists on the conventional Christmas book stuff: preserves to make as gifts include chilli jam, pomegranate vodka and gorgeous little sweets in the shape of xmas puddings.

Long-time Nigella users will not be surprised that cupcakes make it in there: Christmas fairy cakes have silver sprinkles on, apparently. And I will definitely concede that Nigella's yule log actually looks better than Delia's, though I haven't done a back-to-back taste test. And can't actually promise to.

For me one of the big tests of a Christmas cookbook is the vegetarian option, because it's SO HARD to find nice ones to make things as special for the non-meat eaters. Hers is a ginormous pumpkin stuffed with rice.
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149 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Pompom VINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Nigella Lawson writes a good recipe. And here she has also created a gorgeous christmas cookbook. The whole book is evocative of the season - I can almost smell the aromas..... Of course the book contains the basics - Christmas dinner, christmas cake and christmas puddding. But then Nigella plunges off in a number of different directions; chapters include: The More the Merrier (Cocktails, Canapes and Manageable Mass Catering), Seasonal Support (Soups, Salad, Sauces and Serve-later Sides), Come On Over.... (Stress-Free Suppers), The Main Event (this section is red edged so easy to find in the centre of the book), Joy to the World (Christmas Baking and Sweet Treats), All Wrapped Up (Edible Presents and Party Preserves), A Christmas Brunch for 6-8, A Bevy of Hot Drinks, Dr Lawson Prescribes (Let Food be your medicine....). Punctuated throughout with gorgeous photos - it's a delight just to flick through. I'm certainly thinking on moving away from traditional turkey for christmas dinner after reading the Main Event chapter! Basically Nigella has the whole Christmas covered - this will certainly be one of the front runners in my arsenal for dealing with the Christmas season. There is a comprehensive list of suppliers, and, as another reviewer stated, many of the recipes are applicable for other (mainly wintery!) times of the year.Read more ›
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jen13 on 22 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've got quite a few of the Nigella books and borrowed this book in the run up to Christmas to see if it's worth buying. For me, it's definitely not. Most of the recipes have appeared in earlier Nigella books, and it's not worth shelling out for something I've already got.

The book is beautifully presented and I'm sure it would be useful if you needed one cookbook for Christmas. However, I'd think twice about buying this and get a copy of Feast instead, as it's much better value. Most of the recipes here appear in Feast, and Feast also includes chapters on Easter, weddings and various other festive occasions. Feast is a lot more useful and costs about the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 25 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Presented in a sealed pack, this classy 2008 slip-cased version measures in around 24.5 cm x 28.5 cm x 3.25 cm.
Representing the festive colour scheme throughout the book, the slipcase is in dark green with the simple embellishment of some silvery snowflakes and rather than a cover picture of the Domestic Goddess, the book has a glossy red plain cover with the title in block silver lettering.

The signing is simply 'Nigella Lawson' and is in thick black pen, below the typing:

This edition of NIGELLA CHRISTMAS, signed by the author, is limited to 1000 copies and indicates on each

'..../1000' (with the relevant copy number shown on the dotted line)

Beyond the covers, the contents are the same as the regular title, Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities, which opens with an interesting statement:

'I'll be honest - I never thought I'd write a Christmas book......but then, not so long ago: I never actually thought I'd become a food editor. I hadn't rejected either idea, it just never occurred to me. That's how life works, and so much the better for it. I accept - with gratitude - that what makes one happiest cannot be planned. This is not to say that I have anything against Christmas. Far from it: almost every book I have written has a chapter on Christmas. I wallow in it.
I relish it......'

And this opening paragraph goes on to hint that there are a number of recipes that appear in other 'Nigella' publications, albeit with the occasional 'tweak', e.g.
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