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The Christmas Book Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008

4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Re-issue edition (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405332239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405332231
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 2.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If ever there was a book that could evoke the true spirit of Christmas, it's this one. (Country Living )

About the Author

Sheherazade Goldsmith led the life of a typical London girl until she had children. Concerned by the poor quality of food, she started up an organic delicatessen that soon specialized in wholesome home-cooked food for babies and young children. She also wrote a column for the Sunday Times Style magazine focusing on the importance of local and organic food.


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Format: Hardcover
To begin with - this book does get a 5 star review. It contains lots of lovely ideas and gorgeous pictures to inspire you. Each project contains step by step guidance and pictures. The idea behind the book is a good one; we can all strive to be that bit more ecologically friendly. It's probably a little on the simple side - but then I guess you could do some of the projects with children? There are chapters on 'Welcome', 'Christmas Tree', 'Giving', 'Table' and 'Food'.

I do have some quibbles..... Some of the projects are - lets be very honest here - basic. This does make you think that maybe they are fillers? An example of what I see as a filler is: Christmas tree in a pot (yep - putting a christmas tree in a pot.....).

Projects contained include:

Plant a winter garden
Fabric Garland
Cinnamon spice bundles
Advent calendar sacks
Seaside foot scrub
Evergreen centrepiece
Vanilla cookies
Chocolate brittle
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Format: Hardcover
This book follows on from "A Slice of Organic Life" which was a very sweet book with lots of proper advice about beginning to keep chickens, make your own compost, etc.

However this book is a lot weaker than the previous title. The pictures aren't tempting, especially of the dried orange tree decorations - they look (to me) disgusting, old and dried up! It also has some factual errors such as claiming that if your Christmas tree goes to landfill it will take "hundreds of years" to rot down. Hmmmm.... And many of the craft projects are the kind of thing where it looks like a good idea at the time (making felt birds for the Christmas tree); but where eventually you realise it's going to take about 3 days of solid work and a lot of shopping and money to make these so-called "simple and homely" decorations...

If you are a real fan of Sheherezade you might enjoy the book but NB that she was the editor, rather than the writer, and the only bit copyrighted by her is the introduction - she is clearly credited on the cover as "editor in chief", not the author.

I totally agree with what Village Preservation Society says in her review - it's sweet, and it's a goal we all want to aim for. But honestly, lots of the stuff (like sticking dried seed heads to a photo album cover) look as if they will fall apart instantly, which nobody wants! Sorry to be so down on the book, because it's a nice idea, but it's just NOT done nicely enough for me to give it more of a recommendation.
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Format: Hardcover
What a lovely book. If you want something to really get you into the mood for christmas, this will do it. It presents christmas craft ideas in a simple and inspiring way, and really gives a lovely homely, simple christmas feel.
The crafts are simple yet inspiringly easy, and it encouraged me to dust off the sewing machine and give it a go. So far I've made the fireplace garland, walnut bread and leaf wreath - all of which were simple and stress free. The items I made actually looked like the pictures too. Other items I intend to make are the gooey brownies, raspberry gin, stockings and stocking garland and home made christmas cards and wrapping paper.
True there are some duff ideas, such as potting a christmas tree, but this book is so big it's not really a problem as there are plenty of other decent ideas to make up for it. And yes, some of the ideas are pretty simple, but I hadn't thought of them before and they only added to my enthusiasm for the simplicity.
Beautiful, I can see I will be referring to this book many times over the next few years.
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Format: Hardcover
This is worth buying for the gingerbread recipe alone! It's quite heavy on the treacle and it was a complete hit with everyone that tasted it. The gingerbread biscuits are also delicious - really crisp. The homemade presents, though, did not really appeal - the sewing struck me as fiddly and unimaginative - and the patterns were pretty standard, and the notion of sticking a plant in a pot was SO basic that I'm not sure it was worth including in the book.
However, I am constantly on the look out for good gingerbread and christmassy ginger biscuit recipes, and so I felt that this was still money well spent. What I think I'm trying to say is: there may be things in here that are just what you're looking for, but don't expect it to revolutionise your Christmas preparations.
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Format: Hardcover
The Christmas Book
This book gives good ideas for a real Christmas which is not pandering to the commercialism of modern times. It is aiming for a more relaxed Christmas with loads of ideas for homemade decorations and gifts which will not stretch the budget. It gives ideas which can be acted on throughout the year to provide you with things you might use from the garden or your store cupboard to minimise the stress of Christmas preparations.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved the look of the book on first opening. It has some fabulous ideas and have made quite a few, including the fab Christmas Bunting. But it isn't always possable to find and felt you own blankets, so I cheated and used felt, the mini panettone recipe looks great and am planning to make them this Christmas.
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By Eleni TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful festive book that celebrates a more environment friendly and traditional approach to Christmas.

The first chapter "Welcome" includes inspiring ideas on how to create a warm and festive atmosphere indoors and outdoors. It provides useful information on how to grow a winter garden, tips on how to make a wood fire and scent a room in a natural way, as well as detailed instructions to create dried leaf wreaths, festive fabric garlands and even edible bird decorations for the garden.

The second chapter "Christmas Tree" has everything we need to know about the Christmas tree. It provides information about choosing, caring and recycling real cut or potted trees to decorate for the holidays, and it gives information on energy-efficient lighting for our Tree. In addition this chapter has detailed instructions for many great decorations for the tree, like recycled paper and fabric ornaments and natural and edible decorations.

The third chapter "Giving" has fantastic ideas for home made gifts. Great ideas any crafter will enjoy making like "Natural Christmas Cards", "Hot-water Bottle Cover", and "Fabric Notebook". There are also beautiful and practical home made gifts for the bathroom like "Seaside Foot Scrub" and "Glossy Lip Balm". And last but not least home cooked gifts like "Pear Chutney", "Fruit Jam", and "Flavored Oils"

The fourth chapter "Table" has detailed instructions to make fantastic festive candleholders and centerpieces for the Christmas table.

The fifth chapter "Food" has recipes for delicious and traditional festive foods like "Mince Pies", "Christmas Cake", "Honey Roast Ham", "Spiced Nuts", "Preserved Lemons" and "Cranberry Jelly", to mention just a few.
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