Christmas Cookbooks

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Food is an integral part of Christmas – from Christmas cake and puddings, Christmas lunch and snacks for parties. These cookbooks offer ideas from many different cultures, and different styles. Some are very practical, some are more conversational and make great gifts (including gifts for yourself!)

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The Christmas BookThe Christmas Book (ISBN:9781445123714) from Booktopia
Make Christmas extra special with this bumper book, filled with crafts, activities and all you need to know about Christmas.
The Christmas Book is packed with information on where Christmas came from, Father Christmas, mince pies and more! You’ll be able to impress everyone with your Christmas knowledge.
It is also filled with lots of festive craft activities and recipes. Follow the simple step-by-step guides and you’ll be able to make gifts for all your friends and family. Get ready for a big Christmas experience!
Why not look out for ‘The Easter Book’ as well.
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Nigella ChristmasNigella Christmas (ISBN:9780701183226) from Booktopia
By popular demand – Nigella’s book of Christmas. For years her fans have been asking when she would write a Christmas book… and here it is, a glorious, glittering festive treat.
Nigella Christmas comprises reliable, practical, easy-to-follow recipes and reassuring advice about planning and cooking ahead, presented in a gorgeous glittering package which will make this the ultimate gift to yourself and for family and friends.
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Best Ever Christmas Recipe CollectionBest Ever Christmas Recipe Collection (ISBN:9781846818868) from Booktopia
Features over 200 rich and lavish recipes for festive eating, including the traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, moist Christmas cake and mouth-watering mince pies.
Light modern alternatives are also provided, plus a wide range of vegetarian dishes.
Ideas for edible gifts to make at home, party nibbles and snacks, plus cocktails and warming winter drinks.
Special menus to suit all occasions from the traditional Christmas Dinner to an informal hot buffet or a New Year’s Eve Party.
Provides professional cook’s tips for freezing and storing foods and for the essential basic techniques such as a carving the turkey.
Each recipe is clearly presented with step by step instructions to detail each stage of the preparation, and the book is illustrated with over 800 photographs.[ssba_hide]

Women's Institute Complete ChristmasWomen’s Institute Complete Christmas (ISBN:9780857200280) from Booktopia
This new accessible revised and updated paperback version of The Women’s Institute Complete Christmas is packed with over 130 fail-safe recipes and ideas for Christmas from traditional favorites such as Buttered Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing, Gran’s Christmas Pudding, Star Mince Pies, and Jeweled Christmas Cake, to modern variations, including a Rosti Topped Halibut with Smoked Salmon and Avocado, Quail’s Eggs with Sea Salt and Chili Dip, Italian Plait, and Banoffee Tarts.
Chapters include a Cheat’s Christmas to help the truly time-starved cook create the best Christmas ever, an invaluable section on using up your leftovers and a guide to Parties and Celebrations that will enable even a first-time cook to provide for large gatherings. This book takes the stress out of having to organize everything an is the definitive guide to cooking for Christmas. It contains detailed advice on cooking ahead, planning for the big day, and useful menus to cover the whole festive season. Newly photographed chapter openers, an updated design, and a new cover photograph bring this invaluable book right up to date. Women’s Institute Complete Christmas is the ultimate festive survival guide.
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Do-Ahead ChristmasDo-Ahead Christmas (ISBN:9781909815421) from Booktopia
100 creative recipes that can all be made ahead at a leisurely, stress-free pace, so that the cook is free to enjoy the festivities

The festive season is when most of us need a bit of help in the kitchen, with parties to prepare for and the big day itself, when family and friends converge for a Christmas feast. This is where the “do-ahead” approach to cooking advocated here comes into its own, allowing the cook to enjoy being with their guests instead of stuck in the kitchen. Cooks can do all the work ahead of time with this a range of fresh, modern recipes, from amuse-bouches to little sweet things. With practical advice for making delicious and creative festive food well in advance, from party canapes, to Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, even drinks and edible gifts, ideas for scaling up, menu planning, and storage, this is the book that no foodie can do without. Includes dual measurements.[ssba_hide]

Peanuts Christmas Cookie SetPeanuts Christmas Cookie Set (ISBN:9781604334401) from Booktopia
A sweet treat for Peanuts fans and cookie lovers everywhere! This Peanuts Christmas Cookie Set includes a cookbook filled with over 50 recipes for delicious, easy-to-make Christmas cookies, accompanied by 3 Peanuts cookie cutters, beloved comics and baking wisdom from Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends. An exciting activity for families to engage in this holiday season.
Sweeten this holiday season by baking a fresh batch of delicious Christmas cookies with the help of the Peanuts gang! This Peanuts Christmas Cookie set includes a cookbook filled with over 50 recipes for yummy Christmas cookies, along with some baking wisdom and humor from Snoopy, Charlie Brown and friends. Also included are 3 cookie cutters in the shapes of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Snoopy’s doghouse to enhance these sweet treats with some Peanuts flair. Recipes are easy-to-make and encourage a fun holiday activity for families. The perfect gift for all Peanuts fans and cookie lovers, and an exciting addition to holiday baking traditions.[ssba_hide]

Maggie's ChristmasMaggie’s Christmas (ISBN:9781921383489) from Booktopia
Christmas is Maggie Beer’s favourite time of year, a time for everything she loves – for hugs from the grandchildren, for giving, and for creating special memories. But most of all, it is a time for family and friends to gather around a table groaning with delicious food.
With her hallmark generosity and warmth, Maggie invites you to join her Christmas celebrations in South Australia’s beautiful Barossa Valley. From roasting the perfect turkey and transforming leftovers into fabulous meals, to turning ripe summer fruits into luscious desserts and creating a glamorous formal dinner to welcome in the New Year in style, Maggie shares her most cherished recipes. With plenty of advice for stress-free entertaining, Maggie shows you how to celebrate this special time of year with panache and joy.
‘I have never lost the excitement of Christmas and all it entails. From by earliest memories, it’s always been about celebrating the season and the pleasures of a bountiful table with family and friends. In sharing the recipes and rituals that make this such a special time of year for me, I hope to inspire you to create your own traditions.’
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Primrose Bakery ChristmasPrimrose Bakery Christmas (ISBN:9780224098953) from Booktopia
Christmas time is all about tradition, from the songs we sing to the food we eat, but, from mince pies to Christmas pudding, the food of Christmas could always benefit from extra help to make it shine just a little bit brighter. The Primrose Bakery has been bringing an extra bit of twinkle to their Christmas baking for over a decade and in this book reveal their unique twists and exciting reinventions of traditional Christmas treats, as well as all-new recipes to breathe fresh life into your festive baking repertoire. The chapters feature over 100 delicious recipes for seasonal cupcakes, impressive wintry celebration cakes and stunning dessert centerpieces, as well as charming biscuits, cinnamon-scented loaves, indulgent bars and brownies and wonderfully personal edible gifts. Step-by-step sequences reveal the secrets behind assembling a perfect layer cake, building a magnificent gingerbread house from scratch and rolling a perfect festive Yule log, and, in true Primrose Bakery-style, the recipes are all easy to follow for wonderful results at home. From warming Eggnog Cupcakes and decorative and delicious Popcorn Baubles to a lavish Christmas Pavlova Wreath or decadent Christmas Pudding Cake with Mulled Wine Icing, this book offers wonderfully festive recipes to make your Christmas baking a triumph.[ssba_hide]

Gorgeous ChristmasGorgeous Christmas (ISBN:9781856268462) from Booktopia
Most of us start planning what we will do for Christmas months in advance of the event. In fact, nothing short of gorgeous will do. And here are over a hundred recipes to ensure that it is just that.
In keeping with the other titles in the series, they are simple and pared down, cookable and they work, because the last thing we need is to feel flustered or let down. The book spans the days in the run up, the magic of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
There is a chapter on things to make and give, easy hand-me-rounds to have with drinks, recipes for big warming pies, luxurious treats and after dinner choices, as well as lots of ideas for Christmas dinner itself.
With chapters on Christmas puddings and baking, trifles and jellies, and with plenty of White Christmas magic thrown in, Annie Bell’s fail-safe recipes ensure your Christmas is as gorgeous as anticipated.
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Handcrafted ChristmasHandcrafted Christmas (ISBN:9781617690563) from Booktopia
Susan Waggoner is back with another installment of nostalgic art and engaging text about the wonders of the holiday season from years gone by. Focusing on several winter holidays, Handmade for the Holidays sets itself apart from Waggoner’s previous books because for the first time she goes beyond displaying the vintage art and actually teaches the reader how to recreate the holidays in their own home. The 30 projects have been re-created by Waggoner and photographed in a holiday setting so the reader can see how the projects would appear in a modern-day home. There is a wide variety of crafts for the holiday-hungry reader, such as punched tin votive holders to decorate the home, needle felted snowmen to stand in snow scenes at the window and holiday charm bracelets to wear to New Year’s parties. Seasonal recipes such as Russian tea cakes, pecan tassies and chocolate sour cream drops allow readers to celebrate the twenties, thirties and forties in their kitchens.[ssba_hide]

Southern Living Christmas All Through the SouthSouthern Living Christmas All Through the South (ISBN:9780848742560) from Booktopia

Christmas All Through the South captures and celebrates the quintessential experience of Christmas in the South. Presented as a timeline of the Christmas season, each event depicted tells a highly visual story of local Southern traditions and classic holiday parties. Each event will captivate readers with an expansive collection of vibrant, full-page images, and festive, complimentary menus accompany many of the events.
Combining all the elements for which Southern Living is known and revered – food, travel, and homes, this book is a journey of celebrations through the South, from the low country and the pan-handle to the Texas ranch and Williamsburg farmhouse. Kicking off the season is a reason to get outdoors with “A Tree-Cutting Outing” and “Mistletoe Hunt.” “Open House” celebrations in stunningly decorated homes, a “Midnight Mass” in a charming Southern town, and a jubilant Christmas morning spread add to the bliss of the holiday euphoria. An “Oyster Roast” in a sleepy coastal town brings luck to the coming months, as it ties up the complete Christmas season with a ruby red bow.
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AWW Christmas with the WeeklyAWW Christmas with the Weekly (ISBN:9781742453576) from Booktopia
This bestselling cookbook is now in paperback for the first time. At the Weekly we love Christmas. It is an occasion to indulge in good food as we celebrate with family and friends. But Christmas entertaining isn’t all bubbles and giggles; it can be a daunting experience. To help, we have created nine delicious menus with easy-to-follow recipes that will ensure the Christmas feast is as enjoyable for the cook as it is for everyone else. There are also tips and do-ahead advice as well as simple and effective ideas to make the Christmas table look spectacular.
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The AWW Christmas CollectionThe AWW Christmas Collection (ISBN:9781742451053) from Booktopia
The ultimate collection for all of your favourite Christmas recipes and craft ideas.
This is a comprehensive collection of Christmas recipes, both traditional and modern. It contains recipes for everything you’re likely to want to eat on Christmas Day: breakfasts, drinks, finger food, starters, the big Christmas main course, vegetables and salads, Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes, mince pies, chocolates. But there is more to this book than that. There are edible gifts – cookies, jars of fruit mince,individual puddings and cakes. As well, there are ideas for Christmas wrappings, decorations and table settings. And to top it all off, there are innovative recipes for those inevitable Christmasleftovers, so Boxing Day will be a feast too.
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Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 16Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 16 (ISBN:9780848704414) from Booktopia

Your favorite series of holiday hardcover books is back with its 16th volume! Bursting with inspiring ideas and delicious recipes for festive gatherings, Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 16 is the top pick for all who celebrate the holidays. Readers, including holiday enthusiasts, home decorators, crafters, cooks and scrapbookers alike, will be delighted by the 160 pages filled with simple decorating solutions, scrumptious holiday recipes, easy Christmas crafts, and ideas for gifts from the kitchen.
Over 70 recipes accompanied by 200 all-new photos which showcase feel-good, homestyle food are must-haves for every cook’s bookshelf. This latest volume will help you with every step of getting into the holiday spirit, allowing you to create new heartwarming memories. One thing’s for sure: with Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 16, readers can share warmth, cheer, and holiday magic with friends and family.
160 pages include:
? A brand new collection of holiday recipes, gifts, and crafts
? Highly visual: Over 200 photos to satisfy the reader’s curiosity of finished dishes and craft projects
? Warm and cozy: Memories from contributors are sprinkled throughout the book.[ssba_hide]

The Christmas Quilt / The New Year's QuiltThe Christmas Quilt / The New Year’s Quilt (ISBN:9781439100257) from Booktopia
When Christmas Eve comes to Elm Creek Manor, the tenor of the holiday is far from certain. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, the Master Quilter, has her own reasons for preferring a quiet, even subdued, Christmas. Her young friend Sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. As she explores the trunks packed with Bergstrom family decorations that haven’t been touched in more than fifty years, Sarah discovers a curious Christmas quilt. Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished. Sylvia reveals that the handiwork spans several generations and a quartet of Bergstrom quilters – her great aunt, her mother, her sister, and herself. As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge.
Elm Creek Manor is full of secrets, from a Christmas tree with unusual properties to the sublime Bergstrom strudel recipe. Sylvia’s tales at first seem to inform her family legacy but ultimately illuminate far more, from the importance of women’s art to its place in commemorating our shared experience, at Christmastime and in every season.
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The Spirit of ChristmasThe Spirit of Christmas (ISBN:9781847734570) from Booktopia
Bring the spirit of Christmas to your home with this inspirational book of seasonal recipes, crafts and carols.
Christmas can be an expensive time of year, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to deck your family home with traditional festive decorations and delicious treats.
Packed with seasonal ideas, The Spirit of Christmas provides a miscellany of decorative and delightful projects to bring colour and comfort to your festive season.
This title helps to: learn how to perfect classic seasonal recipes, from fruity Christmas cake to creamy egg-nog; create unique and beautiful keepsakes – from home-made stockings and tree decorations to seasonal napkins and ornamental candle holders – to decorate your home, year after year; and, find great ways to personalise presents with elegant home-made wrapping paper and easy-to-make seasonal cards.
With classic Christmas carols and seasonal poems, here is everything you need to create treasured memories for all your Christmases to come.
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Christmas with Southern Living 2014Christmas with Southern Living 2014 (ISBN:9780848743352) from Booktopia

Christmas with Southern Living is ALL NEW for 2014. Included are special holiday menus and over 100 recipes especially designed for holiday cooking, baking, entertaining, and gift-giving. Dozens of photos, kitchen tips, and entertaining ideas add extra value to the recipe pages, which make up more than half of the book. The balance of the book shows big, beautiful, idea-packed photos of homes that are decorated for the season in styles that are creative, not costly; also included are lots of simple decorations and gifts to make. Holiday table setting and centerpiece ideas, mantels, wreaths, and natural decorations are prominently featured. Over 200 full-color photos delight and inspire.[ssba_hide]

Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 16Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 16 (ISBN:9780848704391) from Booktopia

Your favorite series of holiday hardcover books is back with its 16th volume! Bursting with inspiring ideas and delicious recipes for festive gatherings, Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 16 is the top pick for all who celebrate the holidays. Readers, including holiday enthusiasts, home decorators, crafters, cooks and scrapbookers alike, will be delighted by the 160 pages filled with simple decorating solutions, scrumptious holiday recipes, easy Christmas crafts, and ideas for gifts from the kitchen.
Over 70 recipes accompanied by 200 all-new photos which showcase feel-good, homestyle food are must-haves for every cook’s bookshelf. This latest volume will help you with every step of getting into the holiday spirit, allowing you to create new heartwarming memories. One thing’s for sure: with Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 16, readers can share warmth, cheer, and holiday magic with friends and family. 160 pages include: A brand new collection of holiday recipes, gifts, and crafts
? Highly visual: Over 200 photos to satisfy the reader’s curiosity of finished dishes and craft projects
? Warm and cozy: Memories from contributors are sprinkled throughout the book.[ssba_hide]

Christmas Cooking For DummiesChristmas Cooking For Dummies (ISBN:9780764554070) from Booktopia
Look no further for tips and recipes for whipping up a dazzling array of delicious holiday meals – without stress!
Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year — and Americans traditionally love to celebrate the season with food, food, and more food. This easy guide shows cooks of every generation how to plan and prepare scrumptious seasonal treats. It includes:Look no further for tips and recipes for whipping up a dazzling array of delicious holiday meals – without stress!
– 100 delicious recipes for hassle-free holiday meals, including Warm White Bean Dip, Four-Cheese
– Spinach Lasagne, and Chocolate Truffle Tart.
– Tips, checklists, and charts, plus step-by-step guides and shopping lists for special holiday meals, including a Christmas Tree-Trimming Party
– A special section on Christmas decorating and food gifts from the kitchen
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The 12 Days of ChristmasThe 12 Days of Christmas (ISBN:9781742705323) from Booktopia
Christmas is a time of tradition, of sharing meals and memories with family and loved ones. The 12 Days of Christmas makes this time even more special, with its collection of 60 holiday recipes for the festive season from Australia’s favourite cookery author Margaret Fulton, showcasing indulgent seasonal favourites and fresh new flavours like Roasted Stuffed Turkey Breast, Baked Guinness Ham and a delicious traditional French Roast Chicken dinner. This is every cook’s essential guide for the holiday season.
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A Merry Christmas CookbookA Merry Christmas Cookbook (ISBN:9781423163220) from Booktopia
Treat your taste buds to a feast of traditional holiday delights! With simple step-by-step instructions, helpful cooking tips, color photographs, and charming character art, this book is the perfect way for parents and children to make holiday magic in the kitchen! A rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are, and cooking tips are sprinkled throughout. Kids will enjoy making Rolly’s Spotted Cranberry Pancakes, Sugar Rush Popcorn Gumdrop Garland and Anna’s Frozen Ice Candy![ssba_hide]

The Spirit of ChristmasThe Spirit of Christmas (ISBN:9781847736406) from Booktopia
Fill your home with the spirit of Christmas, with the help of this inspirational book of seasonal recipes and crafts.
It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to stock your home with festive Christmas decorations or cook up a holiday feast. The Spirit of Christmas shows how to create the essential Christmas classics, from mince pies and spicy mulled wine to traditional stockings and tree ornaments.
With simple step-by-step instructions and inspiring photographs, this celebratory guide is essential for any family’s Christmas shopping.
Includes:

  • 10 classic Christmas recipes
  • 21 craft projects
  • Festive carols, poems and facts
  • Creative ideas for tree decorations, cards and wrapping paper
  • Easy-to-follow instructions suitable for beginners and experienced crafters and cooks alike.

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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet ShopChristmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop (ISBN:9780751551808) from Booktopia
Standalone sequel to the much-loved and bestselling WELCOME TO ROSIE HOPKIN’S SWEETSHOP OF DREAMS, winner of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Curl up with Rosie and her family as they prepare for a very special Christmas. . .
Includes mouth-watering recipes!
Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She’s going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can’t wait.
But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie’s plans for the future seem to be blown apart…
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Christmas Cooking with KidsChristmas Cooking with Kids (ISBN:9781849750240) from Booktopia
Get children into the kitchen and whipping up gorgeous treats, cakes, party food and edible decorations for the Christmas season.
Annie Rigg brings festive cheer to the kitchen with more than 50 recipes from around the world – all simple enough for children under eleven to make with minimum help from Mum or Dad. Little Treats & Gifts are for giving to friends, teachers and family. Everyone loves a box of home-made fudge or chocolate truffles. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by getting the kids to make their own Edible Decorations? Snowflake cookies and popcorn garlands will look great on the Christmas tree.
Cakes & Desserts like marble cake and fruit jellies will impress everyone at the dinner table and when guests are coming round, let the children help with the Party Food, such as pumpkin soup and Christmas morning pancakes.
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