Cooking Up A Christmas Cracker

You might not be in charge of cooking the Christmas dinner this year (which you might consider to be a particularly good thing considering the pressure to get it right), but there could come a time when the roasting tins and carving knives are passed on to you for you to work your magic in the kitchen… which is flawed if you have no idea on how to cook! Worse still, you might be relying on someone else to cook for you in future, in return for you making them Turkey with all of the trimmings, and the most they’ve ever made in the past is a few sandwiches or a pasta bake – nervy times indeed for people who wait all year for this one meal!

To try and get over those fears, or to encourage your friends or loved ones to take on the challenge of the Christmas dinner next year, it could be worth considering buying them one of the many cookery books on the market as their Christmas gift this year. This can be a particularly good idea if you’ve bought for them in the past and run out of ideas, or it could give them the encouragement they need to develop their cookery skills and making you the lucky beneficiary who gets to sample the results!

Heston Blumenthal has become one of the most popular chefs in recent years, with his somewhat extravagant dishes encouraging thousands to try foods they might never have even dreamed possible to put together. One to step away from traditional recipes and ingredients, Blumenthal has inspired a whole new form of gourmet cooking and his new book ‘Historic Heston’ features recipes that have been reincarnated with a new twist for 2013 and beyond.

Nigel Slater is a chef who has been around for many years now, without reaching the heights in terms of popularity as the likes of Jamie Oliver, Delia Smith and co. Yet 21 years after releasing his first cookery book, he’s back with ‘Eat, the Little Book of Fast Food’, which is small in terms of physical size but jam-packed with recipes, with more than 600 for you to browse through and try for yourselves.

For Vegetarians, fear not for you are well catered for. Normally cookery books touch upon meals for Vegetarians but never really focus on them in as much detail as the more mainstream publications. However, Todd Porter and Diane Cu have put together a book that features more than 100 recipes specifically for the Vegetarian audience in their collection entitled ‘Bountiful’, that comes with a wide range of suggestions for “Veggies” cooking for themselves, or meat-eaters cooking for Vegetarian guests.

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