Nothing screams Christmas to me like cooking. Whether that’s baking sausage rolls (my mum makes the best ones and I’ll fight you if you disagree), icing some festive shaped biscuits or whipping up the roast dinner of dreams, that’s Christmas to me. You probably only need one Christmas cookbook in your collection to help you with the big day, but I have a number in my stash!
Jamie Oliver’s Christmas
Jamie Oliver is one of my favourite celebrity chefs. The food he makes is easily replicated at home, and I own a lot of his cookbooks. Probably more than half, and I have all that have been released since 2010. When he launched his Christmas cookbook last year I bought it in the first week. I couldn’t not!
Every recipe I’ve cooked from this book has been a success, and I almost exclusively used recipes from this book to cook Christmas lunch last year. I swear by the roast potato recipe, and I even made home made fudge for the first time last Christmas using the recipe in this book. This is a real winner of a recipe book and if you love whipping up a Sunday roast or cooking in order to entertain larger crowds then you need this cookbook!
I’ve got to admit that I don’t understand the fascination with Nigella Lawson but when I saw her Christmas book in Sainsbury’s for £10 at the start of November I had to treat myself. I haven’t cooked anything from it yet, but it’s a lovely coffee table book to have out around the Christmas period. I’m really enjoyed flicking through and I’m excited to give a few of the recipes a go.
Nigel Slater Christmas Chronicles
I’ve never owned a Nigel Slater cookbook, but his Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe is my go-to, so it seemed a shame to pass on his latest release. This isn’t just a recipe book, it’s a story. Much like his Kitchen Diaries (which I’m now dying to get my hands on), The Christmas Chronicles tells tales. I’ve loved reading about the history of the mince pie and Slater’s childhood memories on my bus journey to work.
I’ve only cooked one recipe out of this so far – the Leek & Cauliflower soup – and it was delicious. Nigel Slater’s cooking isn’t for the casual chefs. Quite a lot of ingredients are obscure ones you probably wouldn’t want to purchase unless you knew you’d use it again, but this is just a beautiful read for the festive period.
Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection
Another new Christmas cookbook in my stash this year is Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection. One of my favourite parts of this book is the Christmas Lunch shopping list at the front of the book – perfect for if you’re not sure where to begin with your food shop. That’s one less thing to stress about! I’m really excited to give the Leek & Stilton Soup and the White Chocolate Cheesecake a go. If you want tradition Christmas recipes then this is the book for you.
Gizzi’s Season’s Eatings
Gizzi Erskine is probably the least well-known chef out of all of the ones I’ve mentioned today, but it doesn’t make this recipe book any less brilliant for Christmas. Gizzi’s Season’s Eatings doesn’t just focus on Christmas, but introduces recipes to last you from Halloween right the way through to New Year. This is similar to the Nigel Slater Christmas cookbook in the fact it is a little more advanced, but it has some fab recipes nonetheless.
150 Christmas Recipes
This teeny tiny book I picked up in the sales last year is full of recipes for this time of year. 150 Christmas Recipes is an all-encompassing book with baking thrown in for good measure, it’s a decent all-rounder. However, it’s so small in size yet ridiculously that it’s pretty much impossible to keep the pages open. Not bad for £1.50 or whatever I paid for it, but it’s definitely not a must have (although it does have some great canapes in which I’m looking forward to cooking).
With only 2 weeks to go until Christmas I best get practicing some of these recipes! I have no idea what I want to cook on the big day so I’m definitely going to have to suss that out ASAP. What do you cook (or have cooked for you) on Christmas Day?