Having looked at other Christmas recipe books in store I chose this book because of it's beautiful presention - padded hardback with a real gold ribbon, traditional images, photos and gold and red ribbon bookmarks - as well as importantly, mouth watering recipes that I actually want to cook without fussy ingredients and excessive preparation.
Margaret Fulton is the Australian equivalent (though originally of Scottish origin) of Delia Smith and her recipes are straightforward, simple and packed with flavour and pairing recommendations. I believe she is a journalist and cook rather than a celebrity chef so she sticks to the topic of Christmas without reminiscing about personal history which is perfect for me. Despite being based in Australia her book is traditional with lighter summery, exotic and international recipes there to balance out the heaviness of rich, roasted and spiced food.
The book is presented in sections: * Introduction (a brief history of Christmas in different countries) * Starters and Appetisers (would have liked to see more canape recipes) * Mains (sorted by Turkey, Duck, Chicken, Goose & Quail, Ham & Pork, Beef, Fish & Seafood) * Vegetables * Salads * Puddings & other Desserts * Christmas Treats * Sauces, Dressings & Accompaniments * Drinks * Leftovers (would have liked to see more recipes for this as Delia has a very good section on this) * Menu Ideas (very useful section with titles such as: A Cold Do-Ahead Lunch, Christmas Buffet, Christmas Picnic, Cold Seafood Christmas Lunch, Duckling Dinner, European Goose Christmas Dinner, Garden BBQ at Home, Roast Pork Christmas Dinner, Grand Traditional Christmas Dinner, Turkey Breat Dinner)
If I could, I would combine Delia's Happy Christmas just for it's section on menu planning up to New Years day, leftovers and preserves recipes but apart from that I would still choose this book which is a gem. The presentation alone makes it a perfect Christmas present.