- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (8 Sept. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784722154
- ISBN-13: 978-1784722159
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19.7 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gizzi's Season's Eatings: Feasts & Celebrations from Halloween to Happy New Year Hardcover – 8 Sep 2016
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The book opens with a short intro, then is spilt into nine sections, covering Halloween, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving [no idea why - Gizzi hails from Cardiff], Christmas and it's lead up, and New Years. You get recipes for every part of a sitdown dinner - starters, main meal, desserts, and drinks. Of course you can use the recipes whenever you want, but it's nice to know that you're covered if you plan on inviting family and friends over for dinner over the next few months.
The how-to steps for the recipes are easy to follow, most of the ingredients are a lot easier and cheaper to find then they were in some of Gizzi's other works, and there are plenty of full-colour photographs providing illustration. Also the general layout is eye catching, so this is an attractive book, and would be something that would make a pretty and useful gift for someone, as well as a gift for yourself.
This cookbook is from TV cook (eg 'Cook Yourself Thin'), trained chef and prolific food writer Gizzi Erskine, and she is in her retro cool element with this charming book of food and tips providing a complete guide for the festivals celebrated throughout winter. From hallow'een to bonfire night, from Christmas Eve to New Year's eve, Ersksine provides a package of recipes and guidance for each celebration to take you through hosting enjoyable events at home. As she says in the introduction: "I want to take the stress out of any gathering you will be hosting, while focusing on seasonal ingredients. This is not a book about healthy eating, this is a book about indulgence and bringing people together." She achieves her aim with both substance and style, with the book including guidance including a Christmas countdown, how to lay the table, stuff a bird, handle firewords and play charades.
Each chapter begins with a page on the history and background on the festival covered, and contains up to 10 (or, in the case of Christmas, double that) recipes including hearty main dishes, desserts, seasonal food novelties and snacks. Each recipe follows the same format, starting with a little paragraph of introductory text followed by number served, prep time and cooking time, ingredients then method. Many recipes also have a good quality photograph to illustrate the end result you're aiming for. Overall, the format is clear and informative and entices you to want to throw a big party just to have an excuse to cook them all! The contents is listed in more detail below.Read more ›
Christmas and New Year is something of an exception. There's a bit more time to create something special, and more of an inclination to do, so I thought I'd take a look at this book. Like all modern cookbooks, it's very well put together, lots of swish photos to entice you to eat, and a few art projects to help complement your festive morsels - glitter pumpkins for Halloween anybody?
As for the recipes, some of them look lovely, a few of them look incredible. A large percentage of them have something in them that one or more of my brood won't eat. Ok - this can be worked around, but a great deal of the recipes appear to have been created for the village of Stepford. Maybe if I lived in a idealistic version of the fifties, I'd have the time and inclination to cook these, but I'm not sure they're going to fit into our chaotic Christmas. (I should point out the recipes themselves are very contemporary and not at all from yesteryear.)
This book probably isn't aimed at me. If you're a modern, middle class, chef, with a decent kitchen, and a well stocked larder, you'll love this book. If it was just myself, my wife and some other adults for Christmas, the range of the book would be hugely expanded. For us, it's probably Aunt Bessie's, in between being whacked with a newly arrived lightsaber.
So a star rating? I've given it four, because I can see its appeal to the right person. Like all of these things, go to a bookstore and flick through the pages before deciding if this book is for you.
There is a great selection of recognisable dishes, each with a Gizzi twist. So, if you are bored of plain mince pies, then try orange Earl Grey mince pies; if you want to make a different take on a pavlova, then try the grapefruit pavlova. In her other recipe books, some of her recipes are difficult to make because the ingredients are too obscure/difficult to source. In this book, she has taken this on board, for example, she says that the West Indian Curry Lamb Shanks should be made, where possible with goat shanks, but she is trying to make things more accessible for the average cook!
This is a celebration of not only festive food, but also the days of celebration themselves so that alongside the recipes there are other suggestions like some different ideas of halloween pumpkin ideas; how to make a herb wreath, cranberry wreath or a pompom wreath; a selection of charades suggestions or "who am I?" as well a planner for preparing for your Christmas Day meal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book had some recipes but a lot of ingredients required that aren't in a standard pantry. I think it's more suited to experienced home cooksPublished 13 days ago by kirstin sutherland
beautiful looking book with some nice recipes but is anyone really making marie rose sauce by making a prawn oil from crushing the shells of prawns? Really Gizzi? Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lovely recipes and I'm going to give loads of them ago, especially over Christmas. I was lacking inspiration but it's made me want to roll my sleeves up and get cooking!Published 1 month ago by lhardwick
LOVE this book - i am gutted i only purchased the kindle version. Great recipes and i love the chatty style it is written in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ReviewLove
Done only what I class as I skim read and wanting to go back and make a list of things to make. Test of a good book for me. Fantastic.Published 2 months ago by MISS ADELE JEPSON
I have a weakness for cookbooks, especially if 1) they contain seasonal celebration recipes, and 2)they have pretty covers, and Gizzi's Seasonal Eatings ticked all of my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vivid
With "Season's Eatings", Gizzi Erskine offers her take on festive feasting, with a wide range of recipes designed to cater for all the main events this time of year... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Moorby