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Festive feasts: best Christmas cookbooks

Serve up some seasonal delights with these recipe collections

A Christmas cookbook is both a vital ingredient for preparing festive feasts and a perfect gift for foodies.

Delia Smith, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver are among the celebrated chefs who have penned collections of recipes for seasonal favourites, ranging from turkey and pigs in blankets to Christmas pudding and mince pies. Here, we pick out some of the best Christmas cookbooks on the market.

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1

Elizabeth David 

Elizabeth David’s Christmas

A timeless edition of the ultimate festive food book, from one of the most loved and respected British cookery writers of the 20th century. This celebration of traditional dishes and treats contains more than 150 classic Christmas recipes, together with a selection of articles, notes and observations from the Elizabeth David archive.

2

Good Housekeeping 

Christmas with Good Housekeeping

The ultimate Christmas cookery companion for every household. Christmas with Good Housekeeping provides 150 recipes, including canapés, starters, vegan and vegetarian options, baked goods, showstopper desserts, edible gifts, and not to forget Christmas lunch with all the trimmings.

3

Gaz Oakley

Vegan Christmas

Vegans and vegetarians everywhere can have the most indulgent festive season ever with Gaz Oakley’s fantastic alternatives to the trad turkey and trimmings. The “Avant-Garde Vegan” also shares his recipes for mince pies, Pavlova, the traditional Christmas pudding with custard, and even a “cheese” board for afters.

4

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Christmas

Nigella Lawson has everything you need to make your Christmas extra tasty, from scrumptious cakes and puddings to the main event itself – turkey with all the trimmings, or delicious variations including a vegetarian Christmas dinner.

5

Bronte Aurell 

ScandiKitchen Christmas

Bronte Aurell of The ScandiKitchen Cafe explains how to celebrate Christmas Scandi-style by sharing with her delicious recipes and fun family traditions.

6

Delia Smith

Delia’s Happy Christmas

Delia Smith has long been the go-to guide for a stress-free Christmas in the kitchen. In this collection, she shares 150 easy-to-follow recipes along with advice on how to prepare for the big day. 

7

Tom Parker Bowles 

Fortnum & Mason: Christmas & Other Winter Feasts

Capturing the magic and finest festive traditions of Fortnum & Mason, Christmas & Other Winter Feasts gathers together everything you need to enjoy a truly delicious winter.

8

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

Jamie Oliver has got you covered with his ultimate festive guide: from mouth-watering classics to tasty veggie alternatives, the chef shares recipes that you’ll want to enjoy year after year.

9

Pen Vogler 

Christmas with Dickens

No author is more closely associated with the food of Christmas than Charles Dickens, and with this collection you will be able to recreate classic Victorian dishes and drinks of the season.

10

Kim-Joy

Christmas with Kim-Joy: A festive collection of edible cuteness

Kim-Joy’s baked creations have charmed fans since she made it to the final of the Great British Bake Off in 2018. Following on from her bestselling debut book, Baking with Kim-Joy, she’s now helping fellow baking enthusiasts add quirky twists to their festive treats.

11

Si King and Dave Myers

The Hairy Bikers’ 12 Days of Christmas

The Hairy Bikers’ 12 Days of Christmas

Combining fool-proof versions of the nation’s favourite Christmas dishes with new and inventive festive recipes they love to cook for their friends and families, the Hairy Bikers will ensure you serve up cracking meals with ease throughout the holiday season. Classic recipes include the traditional Christmas pudding, which you can read here...

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