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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We wish you a merry Christmas!
Part of the extensive 'Salmon Recipe Books series', this small volume focuses on traditional recipes for the festive season.

Thirty-six recipes are included: Apple and Prune Stuffing, Carol Singing Pepper Cake, Celery Sauce, Chestnut and Bacon Stuffing, Chocolate Log Cake, Chocolate Rum Truffles, Christmas Cake, Christmas Compote, Christmas Goose, Christmas...
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the book is a very good book by carol wilson. there are some lovely ideas for christmas. looking foward to try them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We wish you a merry Christmas!, 17 Feb 2013
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Nicola Hardy (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Favourite Christmas Recipes (Favourite Recipes) (Paperback)
Part of the extensive 'Salmon Recipe Books series', this small volume focuses on traditional recipes for the festive season.

Thirty-six recipes are included: Apple and Prune Stuffing, Carol Singing Pepper Cake, Celery Sauce, Chestnut and Bacon Stuffing, Chocolate Log Cake, Chocolate Rum Truffles, Christmas Cake, Christmas Compote, Christmas Goose, Christmas Syllabub, Christmas Trifle, Crystallised Chestnuts, Hard Sauce, Honey-roasted Turkey, Hot Spiced Cream, Iced Christmas Pudding, Jewelled Shortbread, Lambs Wool, Light Christmas Pudding, Marmalade Glazed Ham, Mushroom Sauce, Old English Egg Nog Tart, Plum Pudding, Pork and Chestnut Pie, Port Wine Jelly, Rum Butter Tarts, Sherry Cobbler, Sparkling Crystallised Fruit Cake, Spiced Beef, Spiced Prunes, Stained Glass Window Biscuits, The Bishop, Turkey Broth, Venison and Chestnut Casserole, Wassail Punch, and White Christmas Candy.

As with all books in the series, the recipes are presented without any preamble or general instructions, so they're not ideal for complete novices. Readers should also note that none of the finished products is illustrated; instead, various full-page black and white illustrations of wintry scenes from 'days of yore' are included. All weights and measures for ingredients listed are imperial and settings for electric ovens are given in Fahrenheit, but a conversion table for British metric equivalents is provided on the last page.

There's a good mix of sweet and savoury fare on offer, plus various spiced Christmas drinks, including Wassail Punch, Lambs Wool (a hot, spiced ale) and The Bishop (a variation of mulled wine). As most of the recipes included are somewhat old-fashioned, many are relatively plain by today's standards, and you won't find all the frostings and fussy ingredients associated with many modern baking books. The finished products are no less appealing for this, however.

This review refers to the paperback edition of 'Favourite Christmas Recipes' published by J Salmon Ltd.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great value range of recipe books, 29 Aug 2007
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This review is from: Favourite Christmas Recipes (Favourite Recipes) (Paperback)
I own the whole series of these books and every single one of them contains a great selection of recipes.

If you are a basic cook like me, then these recipes are ideal. However, if you like to cook complex fancy dishes then these may disappoint you.

The ingredients used are everyday items that most of us will have in our kitchens and the layout is very simple to use. The majority of the recipes I have tried have turned out extremely well and my friends have all commented on the books and borrow them!

Each book has a paperback wipe clean cover which is very practical. The majority have around 48 pages and the recipes are in alphebetical order with an index at the back. Obviously these are budget books and you will not find any fancy photographs, however, the food is simple and easy to make and is very tasty!

If like me you become addicted to these fab little books then be careful as a number of recipes are repeated throughout a number of books, but at this price who cares!

One helpful thing to know is, that as Amazon only stock a limited number of these books, there are contact details in the back of each book so you can order directly from Salmon books directly.

Well worth 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little book, 30 Nov 2012
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I'm quite a fan of this series of books. The instructions are easy to follow and you get a decent amount of recipes for the price.

This book contains a variety of traditional Christmas recipes, from goose, turkey and Christmas pudding recipes to drinks and snacks, including the Stained glass window biscuits which can be hung from the Christmas tree!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic English Fare for the holidays, 30 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Favourite Christmas Recipes (Favourite Recipes) (Paperback)
Part of the J Salmon booklets on British cooking this covers many traditional Christmas recipes that should have you thinking of a Dickensian holiday. With winter dishes that can be made all through the colder months

This book includes a mixture of sweet and savory dishes in no particular organization so you'll need to hunt around but they include
Apple and prune stuffing
Mushroom sauce
Honey roasted turkey
Roast Goose
Marmalade glazed ham
Venison and chestnut casserole
Spiced beef (what Americans would call corned beef.)
Plum pudding (the tradition Xmas pudding)
Egg nog
Butter rum tarts
Trifle
Port wine jelly (not for the kiddies)
Chocolate log cake
Short bread
Various spice cakes and others.
The pictures are all of 1840's revelers in carriages and snowy scenes and just waiting for Uncle Ebenezer to walk by.

I wouldn't suggest you go all out with this as you're holiday dinner but it certainly gives ideas for things to add to it, especially the baked good that can be done days in advance. And if you were curious about such classics as Trifle or exactly how to cook a goose if you spring for one of those instead of a turkey this year you are in good stead.

The recipes are easy to follow, each one being just a page and while there might be a slight problem in translation form the English (a dessert spoon of sugar comes to mind) this is easily sorted through and you find you have a lovely book to work with. At the low cost if you only like one or two of them it will be well worth the cost. The size and low cost of this also makes it a great stocking stuffer for the fan of Dickens or Austen cook you know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars christmas, 16 May 2013
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J gough "christmas love it" (england) - See all my reviews
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the book is a very good book by carol wilson. there are some lovely ideas for christmas. looking foward to try them.
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10 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series, 5 Feb 2009
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Mr. Alan Chivers "gyethhound" (Crawley, UK) - See all my reviews
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I love these little recipe books have have said so elsewhere but for personal reasons not this one. There are some good recipes in the book although if you are a keen cook you'll probably have most of them already. The pictures are mostly painting depicting scenes from the 18th Century when England suffered the 'little ice age' and the old and the poor died in their thousands. If that is the way you think of Christmas then fine but if not then give this one a miss.
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8 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Christmas cookery, 7 Jun 2009
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Mrs. Karen L. Davis (Suffolk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Favourite Christmas Recipes (Favourite Recipes) (Paperback)
Disapponted in this little book for the money, not that much in it i would cook.
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