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So the go-to Christmas book in our house has for years been Nigella’s Christmas; but this book from Jamie is a festive treat for the eyes (yes photos on every recipe again – thank you Jamie!), as well as for the mouth (the recipes we have tried so far have been spot on).
The variety of recipes in the book is excellent, with many that are not just for the festive season (unlike Nigella’s Christmas book).
So to begin with a summary, if you like the sound of the recipes (I have posted a FULL RECIPE LIST at the end of my review), you will LOVE this book. And if still unsure there are some of the recipes available on Jamie’s website to try before you buy, with images too.
And now for those that want it… here’s a bit more detail…
As stated first impression of the book were great, with every recipe having the following info:
Photo (very nice festive photos too) Intro Serving size Timing (v important for me when browsing) Nutritional information per serving: calories, fat, sat fat, protein, carbs, sugars, salt and fibre Ingredients list (listed in metric) Detailed method – leaving nothing to doubt
I have uploaded a couple of images so you can get an idea of some typical pages.
The book is split into the following sections:
Smart Starters The Main Event Veggie and Vegan Plates The Wonderful World of Potatoes Scrumptious Vegetables Gravy, Sauces and all the trimmings Incredible Leftovers Spectacular Festive Puddings Afternoon Tea and Sweet Treats Cute Edible Gifts Super Fantastic Salads Dips, Bits and Handheld Nibbles Perfect Drinks Guide to Roasting Meat
As stated before, there is a huge variety of recipes so I am sure I will be cooking from this book throughout the year or dipping into it for inspiration even in the summer months as some of the salads look very tasty indeed.
My only minor criticism is that I have noticed a couple of duplicated recipes (such as the Christmas Bomb), but to be honest there are so many other recipes in the book that I still feel very glad to have this book as an addition to my rapidly growing recipe book collection.
So all in all Jamie has done it again for me, a high quality book with a fantastic range of recipes that are accessible. Would make for an excellent Christmas gift for any JO fan. Fantastic.
******************* FULL RECIPE LIST *******************
THE MAIN EVENT ******************* ROAST GOOSE ROAST BEEF JERK HAM PORCHETTA PREPPING THE TURKEY COOKING THE TURKEY TURKEY WELLINGTON ROAST CHICKEN FLAVOURED BUTTERS ROAST DUCK ROAST VENISON MEATLOAF RACK OF LAMB SALMON EN CROÜTE FISH PIE FISH CURRY SALT CRUST SALMON
VEGGIE & VEGAN PLATES ******************* NUT ROAST CHEESE PIE BAKED SQUASH VEGAN M'HAVNCHA CRACKER RAVIOLI ROASTED CELERIAC PARTY SQUASH SOUP VOL AU VENT AUBERGINE CURRY
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF POTATOES ******************* BEST ROAST POTATOES HASSELBACKS POTATO AL FORNO CHAMP PIE TUSCAN POTATOES BAKED MASH BALSAMIC POTATOES MY POMMES ANNA
SCRUMPTIOUS VEGETABLES ******************* CREAMED SPINACH ROASTED PARSNIPS RED ONION GRATIN GLAZED CARROTS BRUSSELS SPROUTS SQUASHED BRUSSELS MUSTARD BRUSSELS TOPS BRUSSELS IN A HUSTLE BRAISED BRUSSELS CLAPSHOT ROASTED BEETS CAULIFLOWER CHEESE RED CABBAGE PUMPKIN PURÉE GRAVY, SAUCES & ALL THE TRIMMINGS DARK BONE GRAVY GET-AHEAD GRAVY VEGAN GRAVY BAKED BREAD SAUCE CRANBERRY SAUCE HORSERADISH SAUCE MINT SAUCE PIGS IN BLANKETS MEAT STUFFING VEGGIE STUFFING YORKSHIRE PUDS
INCREDIBLE LEFTOVERS ******************* TURKEY RISOTTO TOAD IN THE HOLE CARBONARA CAKE THAI GREEN CURRY TURKEY PIE TURKEY FALAFEL KEDGEREE ROYAL PASTA DOUGH WINTER RAGÜ CANNELLONI LASAGNE BUBBLE & SQUEAK CHILLI CON CARNE TURKEY SLOPPY JOES PEA SOUP TURKEY STEW TURKEY CHOWDER BAHN MI
SPECTACULAR FESTIVE PUDDINGS ******************* CHRISTMAS PUDDING RETRO TRIFLE CHOCOLATE POTS PAVLOVA APPLE PIE TIRAMISÜ WINTER BOMBE BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING ICELANDIC RICE PUDDING PANNACOTTA BANOFFEE ARCTIC ROLL FRANGIPANE TART MONTE BIANCO GRANITA APPLE CARPACCIO CHRISTMAS SUNDAES
AFTERNOON TEA & SWEET TREATS ******************* CHOCOLATE LOG MY VICTORIA SPONGE MY CHRISTMAS CAKE CLASSIC MINCE PIES FILO MINCE PIES MINCE PIE STRUDELS THE JAFFA CAKE CHURROS CANNOLI BRANDY SNAPS BILLIONAIRE'S SHORTBREAD BADASS BROWNIES CUPCAKES AMALFI CAKE GINGERBREAD
DIPS, BITES & HANDHELD NIBBLES ******************* BAKED CAMEMBERT TARAMASALATA SAUSAGE ROLL MANIA SMOKED SALMON BLINIS WELSH RAREBIT QUESADILLAS SAMOSA CIGARS BAKED BUNS FOUR PARTY DIPS PERFECT POPCORN
PERFECT DRINKS ******************* WHITE RUSSIAN HOT BUTTERED RUM FISH HOUSE PUNCH MANHATTAN PINK PEPPER NEGRONI WINTER OLD FASHIONED ROB ROY HOT TODDY FESTIVE BELLINI PARTY PROSECCO FROZEN GRAPES & GRAPPA
Oh my goodness, I’m probably about half way through this book and I thought I’ve just got to leave a review!
I have every one of Jamie Oliver’s books and the one I always go back to for simple, everyday ideas is ministry of food (the Yorkshire pudding recipe has never failed me yet!).
This book tops it by far! I literally want to make every recipe I’ve read so far and I will definitely use this book throughout the year, not just at Christmas. There are some great vegetable recipes to spruce up Sunday lunches and so many ideas for everyday meals and special occasions.
I nearly didn’t bother with this book because I’ve got a few Christmas cookbooks already and I thought I’d got a cooked dinner pretty much perfected but I cannot wait to up my game this year thanks to this book!
I am a massive Jaime Oliver fan!! I have watched his Christmas cooking shows every year and I was so happy to find out he was releasing this book, which meant I could throw away all my print outs of his Christmas recipes covered in sauce. My partner bought me this before Christmas and I could not have been happier. It has all his recipes in and more. It's detailed and easy to use with lovely pictures. Would recommend the hot chocolate that's one of our favourites for Christmas Eve. It's of good quality and even if your not familiar with Jamie's cooking it's a great Christmas cook book to help with the day and many surrounding it.
I bought this for my sister for Christmas but had to unwrap it a few days before to take photos of the Christmas dinner pages as it turns out I was cooking!! Everyone was stunned by the make ahead stuffing and gravy... I ended up having loads of time to spare.. there was no rush. Everything goes in the oven at the same temp... hallelujah!! It was a beautiful lunch, thanks to Jamie. Now hopefully my sister will make something from it for next Christmas...
Stunning book which I won't just be using at Christmas time! Great recipes and ideas, love the beautiful photos and can't wait to get cooking. I ordered four copies...early Christmas presents here we come.
I admit I have a few of Jamie's books but have never considered gifting one before. I was so impressed with this book I bought two more as gifts it's that good! It's very much like my Xmas go to book (Delia's) and just about covers everything you need and more for the Xmas festivities and beyond. I would consider this one of my heirloom books which hopefully my son who is a keen cook will be pulling out in years to come with his own family.
Love a good Jamie Oliver cookbook and have a few of his myself. There is someone who loves Jamie more than I do, my sister. Brought this as a gift for her and she loves cooking for Christmas - his recipes are easy to follow and ingredients are relatively easy to find. If you are looking for a new way to do the same old things for Christmas this book will provide inspiration and ease for a delicious menu.
Great book, lovely recipes which are not difficult to make. This is a book which not only looks at Christmas day recipes but recipes for the whole of December. My only negative suggestion about the book, I had hoped for a spectacular Christmas Cake recipe. As Jamie is not a fan of CC, his recipe in this book leaves a lot to be desired. Great ideas and very nicely presented. Recommended.