Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes for Midwinter by Nigel Slater

35396244The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes for Midwinter

From the BBC1 presenter and bestselling author of EatThe Kitchen Diaries and Toast comes a new book featuring everything you need for the winter solstice.

The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel Slater’s love for winter, the scent of fir and spruce, ghost stories read with a glass of sloe gin, and beeswax candles with shadows dancing on the ceiling. With recipes, decorations, fables and quick fireside suppers, Nigel guides you through the essential preparations for Christmas and the New Year, with everything you need to enjoy the winter months.

Taking you from 1 November all the way to the end of January, The Christmas Chronicles covers everything from Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year to Epiphany. Throughout the season, Nigel offers over 100 recipes to see you through the build-up, the celebrations and the aftermath. Here are much-loved classics such as goose and turkey (and making the most of the leftovers), mincemeat and the cake; recipes to make the cold months bearable, like ribsticker bread pudding with ComtĂ© and Taleggio, salt crust potatoes with blue cheese and goat’s curd, and hot-smoked salmon, potatoes and dill; as well as bright flavours to welcome the new year, including pink grapefruit marmalade, pear and pickled radish salad and rye, linseed and treacle bread.

Packed with feasts, folktales, myths and memoir and all told in Nigel’s warm and intimate signature style, The Christmas Chronicles is the only book you’ll ever need for winter.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved The Christmas Chronicles and it is the best book to savor through my favorite Holiday months. From Thanksgiving to Christmas and into the beginning of the New Year, this book will make you learn to love the littlest details and traditions in life. It will help you pause in your life and count the small things as huge blessings. His words are refreshing to your mind and soul! 
If you love good and delectable eating, his recipes are exquisite with a homey taste and feel. They are not hard to make at all and are perfect for people who consider themselves are everyday cooks, which is what I consider myself. I loved the pictures and the stories that encompassed the recipes. 
Overall, this book is great! Filled with stories, recipes, traditions, pictures and beautiful writing, this book will take you on a journey as you read through the captivating pages. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read it again as part of my holiday traditions.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy for review. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
Nigel SlaterNigel Slater is a British food writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has written a column for The Observer Magazine for seventeen years and is the principal writer for the Observer Food Monthly supplement. Prior to this, Slater was food writer for Marie Claire for five years. He also serves as art director for his books.

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