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Festive feasting

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the glazed hams, log cakes, mince pies, and gingerbread men. Fill your kitchen with the delicious smells of holiday home cooking, with some help from our selection of festive recipe guides.

1. Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities

By Nigella Lawson


Nigella’s recipe books are what many reach for during the holiday season, when they want maximum taste and minimum stress. 

Recipes here include Christmas cakes and puddings, food to cook and freeze ahead of time, traditional turkeys and festive ham, Swedish and Polish Christmas goodies à la Nigella, and vegetarian Christmas yummies. Ho ho ho!

2. Hummingbird Bakery Christmas Bakes

By Tarek Malouf


Fancy some deliciousness from the celebrated Hummingbird Bakery? 

From candy cane cupcakes to a luscious honey and pear layer cake, this book has everything you need to satisfy your festive sweet tooth.

3. Perfect Christmas Day: 15 Essential Recipes For The Perfect Christmas 

By Felicity Cloake


Felicity Cloake takes some of the stress out of Christmas preparations by putting together her version of the best bits of the top recipes by Britain’s expert chefs. 

The result: a comprehensive Christmas Day recipe collection that includes the perfect prawn cocktail, brandy butter and stilton soufflés. All you need for a frazzle-free Christmas!

4. Christmas Baking: Fun And Delicious Holiday Treats

By Mia Öhrn


Talented Swedish pastry chef Mia Öhrn offers 38 of her amazingly creative and colourful recipes for your Christmas celebrations in this beautifully presented book. 

Learn how to bake delicious saffron loaves and poppy crisp bread, build and decorate the perfect gingerbread house, create marzipan elves, make toffee sticks, ginger-flavoured chocolates, fig pie, and decadent chocolate cake with blood oranges, and properly preserve your finished creations.

5. Bake Me I’m Yours... Christmas: Over 20 Delicious Festive Treats

PHOTO: F + W MEDIA, 2012

Rich cupcakes, crunchy cookies, sweet truffles, spicy brownies and spicy gingerbread – need we say more? 
Tantalise friends and family with edible gifts and beautiful centrepieces for your table and tree!

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