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Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas [Hardcover]

Sarah Raven , Jonathan Buckley
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Book Description

20 Oct 2008
The only book this year that provides every recipe and idea that you will need to plan and enjoy the months ahead of Christmas to New Year's Eve. Sarah Raven, author of 2007's stunning Garden Cookbook (voted cookbook of the year by the Guild of Food Writers' and the Independent), presents the last word on food, flowers and decorations for the Christmas season. First, Sarah guides us through the Christmas build-up, suggesting puddings, sauces and edible presents to prepare before everything becomes too hectic. She then offers maximum-impact, minimum-fuss flowers and decorations, stylish party nibbles and a host of Yuletide meals for every palate, including a last-minute recipe for the all-important Christmas pudding. Finally, she sees us safely through Christmas Day, Boxing Day and beyond, with fantastic ideas for the inevitable mountain of leftovers. Sarah Raven is the perfect companion for Christmas, with her unrivalled expertise both indoors and in the garden and her emphasis on traditional methods with a fresh, modern aesthetic. With 175 food recipes and 40 recipes for flowers, and complemented as always by Jonathan Buckley's sumptuous photographs, Sarah Raven's Christmas Book will be a must-have manual for every home next Christmas and for many years to come.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (20 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747595100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747595106
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mouth-watering pictures and prose -- The Times

Raven¹s recipes are simple, practical and enticing -- Spectator

There is no more functional or inspirational kitchen bible -- Daily Telegraph

A book that will certainly become a much-loved friend -- Country Life

A strong contender for food book of the year
-- Independent

`...a fantastic book that lives up to its title from start to finish.'
-- Crafts beautiful


A book that will certainly become a much-loved friend

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gorgeous Sarah Raven Christmas 8 Oct 2008
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A shiny silver and pink cover, with amazing photography of frosted seedheads: this is a gorgeous Christmas book with the unusual feature of always having one eye on the garden. Raven's timetable for Christmas means she tells us how to force hyacinths as well as make sloe gin, whilst thinking ahead to the Christmas cake and narcissi Paperwhite.

Beginning with the cake and the pudding (Constance Spry's recipe), mincemeat and fruit chutneys, the book takes an old-fashioned, very English approach to the Christmas mainstays. Making your own turkish delight, florentines and gingerbread house, seems so tempting. There's loads of advice about table bulbs including vital suggestions as to varieties; and brilliant ideas for front door wreaths including one laden with chillis and limes.

There are timetables for parties of fewer than, and more than 30 people, and amazing flower arrangements to do for those parties too (including an over-the-top hanging globe with eucalyptus, hdrangea, silver birch and huge bright chrysanthemums. This sounds weird, but it looks great.)

Pages of tasty canapes and unusual cocktails follow, and then finally the big event itself. A great sounding kedgeree recipe for Christmas Eve; or cook cheese fondue, beef carpaccio, or risotto.

And on Christmas Day? Raven is an evangelist for goose, offering a choice of five stuffings, plus a couple of deliciously healthy winter salads that will be making their way onto my table on the 25th. The big veggie option is Fennel and Gorgonzola soufflé tart... it looks as good as it sounds.

Her leftovers dishes have an oriental flavour - Nasi Goreng from Thailand and noodle soup. For Boxing day, terrines, an old-fashioned baked ham, a classic Cumberland sauce, a Mary Berry fish pie,...
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah does Christmas! 15 Oct 2008
Despite my 5 star rating I have to say that I was looking forward to a fatter book - more the size of Sarah's Garden coobook! I guess I was over hopeful; notwithstanding my greed, this is a gorgeous book. In common with the Garden cookbook it is crammed with beautiful photos - all part of the experience of a stunning cookbook for me.

The book is broken into the following chapters:

The Christmas Larder: Puddings and cakes/Fruit chutneys, compotes and cheeses/Homemade sweets/Homemade biscuits/Drinks for the larder.
Forced bulbs for Christmas: Bulbs to flower at Christmas/Bulbs to give as presents.

The Christmas Tree: Tree decorations.
Flowers and Foliage: Wreaths and swags/Table decorations/Houseplants for Christmas.

A Party timetable/Party planning
Christmas Party Floweres: Instant party flowers/Showy Party Flowers
Christmas Party Food: Small party food (less than 30)/Substantial party food (more than 30)/Drinks for a Christmas party.

A festive breakfast/A light lunch for Christmas Eve/First courses/Main courses/Festive puddings

The bird, stuffing and gravy/Alternatives for vegetarians/Christmas Day vegetables/Christmas Day Puddings

Soups, risottos and other easy lunches/Some hearty winter salads/Pates, terrines and other meat dishes/Pies and tarts/Post Christmas Puddings/Post Christmas drinks.

First courses/Main courses/Puddings for a New Year

Sarah provides a comprehensive Christmas Timetable at the front of the book. This is useful - it gets you thinking ahead about what you can do in the months leading up to Christmas.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Festive Treat! 9 Nov 2008
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I almost didn't bother writing this review, because the two already posted are so very thorough, but just a couple of my own observations, in case it helps anyone still teetering on the brink of a purchase:-

This book has a really great mixture of the traditional staples (roast turkey, mince pies) and some much more original, but nonetheless still very festive options (pork and chestnut terrine, blood orange granita). I nearly cried when I saw the recipe for 'Sussex Pond Pudding', one of my all time favourites, which hardly anyone knows about, much less publishes - and which my late mother used to cook as a special treat.

Aside from all the meal planning, there are suggestions for seasonal flower displays, table decorations and edible gifts.

Beautifully photographed and very well written, (as you'd expect from a broadsheet journalist). I don't think anybody would be disappointed with this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb! 30 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having been pointed in the direcion of this book after reading a review of Anthea Turners Christmas offering, I must say I am deeply indebtted to the person who suggested I spend my money on this. How right they were! A glorious silver and pink cover envelopes the most glorious photography and a wealth of ideas for food and decoration as I have ever seen. It is well written, the ideas and recipes look fabulous and I cant wait to get stuck in with a few trial runs from now to Christmas. Money being tight as it is at the moment I got this mint condition copy from an Amazon Marketplace seller for less than eight quid and I'm delighted. I'm hotly anticipating Delias new Christmas offering in October, however, this is now a firm favourite and I have no doubt I will refer to it again and again between now and December. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish, don't bother!
Nothing special and actually quite annoying as the recipes are not very appealing and the crafts are difficult or pointless! Don't waste your money. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peacock Shoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A great book for the build up to Christmas, prompt response and received in very good condition - looking forward to October when I can commence all the lovely things in this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars ooh ooh
My wife has long been a fan of Sarah Raven and to find this book at such an affordable price, it arrived on due time in great condition, will definitely use them again
Published 11 months ago by MR SIMON C AVERY
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting early
I bought this looking more for plant and flower ideas than recipes however I am delighted with the selection of both. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Craigmount
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
Some new recipes,but will have to wait till next Christmas to experiment with some ideas,and the floral arrangements look different.
Published 15 months ago by Olwen Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of book.
This is the sort of book I like it has so much of what you need to know and get that christmas look look in your home. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jayne TonnisonJayne Tonnison
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Christmas Inspiration
A really lovely book which I get out when I feel like immersing myself in Christmassy goodness. It has gorgeous photography and ideas for all sorts of ways to feed your loved ones... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ellynelly Griff
3.0 out of 5 stars a lovely book
A lovely book, possibly more for leafing through than for cooking from.
The recipes look great, and I will be trying some although, as is often the case with Sarah Raven, the... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Susalaya
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking for Christmas
Another nice book by sarah raven that looks good on the book shelf and is also practical.Lots of christmassy inspiring pictures that help set the mind towards a time of year one... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Arthur P
4.0 out of 5 stars Refound a long-lost Daily Telegraph article!
Very useful book to transform "I must do that sometime" mentality into "I'm doing it now!". It was excellent to find the section on making a hydrangea wreath which had appeared in... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Dinsdale
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