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'Old' book in a new dust jacket for illustrative purposes only as the recipe for the pictured iced cupcakes is not in the book!
on 27 September 2006
Worth checking that this doesn't already appear on your bookshelf, as this is an old book with a nice new dust-jacket - underneath is the somewhat dated looking original gold cover.
Having said that it is a useful compilation of 80+ festive, tried and tested recipes from celebrity chefs, food writers, and the team at BBC 'Good Food' Magazine, (recipes previously published in the Magazine) - 'every Christmas recipe you'll need from canapés to Christmas Cake.'
144 high quality, shiny pages split over main chapters:
1. Get a Head Start for Christmas
2. Easy Entertaining
3. Christmas Day Lunch
4. Not the Christmas Turkey
5. Vegetarian Christmas Crackers
6. Other Fabulous Desserts
7. Decorating the Cake
Along with an introduction, a 'Christmas Made Easy' planner, an index and a 'Christmas by Mail Order section', (the book is now over two years old, so this information may have changed) and a 2-page time-plan.
Each recipe has a timing and an ingredients list with a clear step-by-step method, interspersed with 'alternatives' and useful tips, along with 'chefs' serving suggestions'.
Festive photography throughout, although the 'step-by-step photographs, to help you get the best results', are fewer that this text implies.
The rear cover has an alphabetical list of all the contributors, including Darina Allen, Raymond Blanc, Antonio Carluccio, Ainsley Harriott, James Martin, Nick Nairn, Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein and Gregg Wallace.
Mary Cadogan, the editor, 'is a food writer with a wealth of experience in many areas of the food world.'
A small taste of the recipes included:
* Mary Berry's Christmas Chutney
* James Martin's Bean & Ham Hock Soup
* Ross Burden's Bourbon & Maple-Glazed Ham
* Tony Tobin's Pork & Parsnip Cobbler
* Moyra Fraser's Venison in Beer with Drunken Prunes
* Phil Vickery's Chocolate Torte
* Jeni Wright's Satay Shots
* Gordon Ramsay's Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms
* Raymond Blanc's Chestnut Stuffing
* Ainsley Harriott's Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash
and Mary Cadogan's Prepare-Ahead Supper:
'An excellent Boxing Day buffet when everyone is turkeyed out. It's full of lively & exotic flavours you can prepare ahead of time and chill, or even freeze, the lamb and dessert.
All that's required on the night is a little light garnishing.'