- Publisher: Irena Chalmers Cookbooks (Aug. 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0941034011
- ISBN-13: 978-0941034012
- Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 21 x 0.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,014,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Christmas Feasts Paperback – 1 Aug 1984
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I think, though, that one Christmas feast per year is about all I can manage (OK,in addition to the usually Christmas day stuff that's traditional in our family).
So! This year I am hoping to do "Saturnalia" between Christmas and New Year's, assuming people can come- it's a busy time of year, of course, but a belated Saturnalia would be better than none at all!
And in the next 4 years, the next 4 feasts.
The recipes all look do-able for a modern cook, though sometimes there are multiple things that need the oven at the same time but at different temps. Also, some new insight into cooking can help with that scheduling problem.
Please do note that if we had a Roman or a Victorian or whatever come- after cooking the whole feast- they'd probably wonder if we were poor! Standards have changed; we no longer have a kitchen staff, plus we tend to curate meals. I think this cookbook gives fascinating ways of providing a Christmas feast that is evocative of the period, but actually possible for us moderns.
I can hardly wait for Saturnalia!
While i think this would work best for a fairly experienced cook- especially if one is trying to do the whole feast- the individual recipes are very manageable and look enticing.