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Christmas Cooks! ~ Christmas Day and Boxing Day + recipe handbooks

Christmas Cooks! ~ Christmas Day and Boxing Day + recipe handbook

Tracking Christmas cookbook best sellers: The centre image shows the current best selling cook book – scroll using the right hand button for the top ten in sequence.

Very popular – Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 100 recipes to stake your life on by Gordon Ramsay, see TV show links to Gordon’s cooking course recipes.

Christmas Day

Recipes for Christmas Day

The Christmas Cooks! team today: Antony Worrall Thompson, Mary Berry, Brian Turner, Gino D’Acampo, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Oz Clarke.

Turkey and Gravy ~ Antony Worrall Thompson

Bacon Sarnies and Bucks Fizz ~ Brian Turner and Oz Clarke

Two Ways with Bacon Rolls ~ Antony Worral Thompson and Gino D’Acampo

Salmon and Cucumber Terrine ~ Mary Berry

Two ways to jazz up Cranberry Sauce ~ Antony Worrall Thompson and Jean-Christophe Novelli

Wine tips ~ Oz Clarke

Flambéed Christmas Pud ~ Antony Worrall Thompson


Hope you had a great Christmas Day!

Happy Christmas!



Boxing Day

Recipes for Boxing Day

The Christmas Cooks! team today: Antony Worrall Thompson, Atul Kochhar, Merrilees Parker, Oz Clarke.

Pancakes with Maple Bacon and Cranberry Sauce ~ Antony Worrall Thompson

Turkey Biryani ~ Atul Kochhar

Shallot Tarte Tartin ~ Antony Worrall Thompson

Turkey Ceasar Salad and Cauliflower Cheese on toast ~ Merrilees Parker

Antony Worrall Thompson Cook Books

Nigella Lawson – Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen (3 of 3 inc recipes) – Wed 20th BBC2

Nigella Lawson – Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen (3 of 3 inc recipes) – Wed 20th BBC2

Life in the Old Bird Yet? Yes it is the turn of the Christmas Turkey to receive Nigella’s loving attention.

Pancetta and chestnut sprouts? and gingerbread stuffing.


Nigella cruises through Christmas preparation with no panic. She enthuses about the plan of action that ensures Christmas goes without a hitch.

Her countdown starts on Christmas eve, no dry turkey here. Water in a bucket, clove, carroway and mustard seeds, all spice berries, cinnamon. Add salt and sugar, maple syrup, onions – weird huh? Ginger and oranges? Parsley? Has Nigella lost the plot -fragrant bath water? In goes the turkey!

Christmas Day prepare the all spiced gravy. Also the perfect roast potatoes, roast parsnips and brussell sprouts.

Breadsauce to complete the picture. Rum butter, red cranberry sauce?

Gingerbread Stuffing: (recipe)

Redder than Red Cranberry Sauce (recipe)

Rum Butter (recipe)

Release the turkey from its bath and leave to return to room temperature.

All Spice Gravy (recipe)

Maple Roast Parsnips (recipe)

Brussels sprouts with chestnuts, pancetta and parsley (recipe)

Turkey into the oven!

Perfect Roast Potatoes (recipe)

Buy a Christmas pudding and prepare your own Rum Butter. Use Vodka to flambé the pud.

Nigella keeps it simple, stress free and enjoyable? Remember to sit and relax – take it all in, enjoy.

The question is – can we do the same? Merry Christmas Baby!!

Have a great Christmas!

Program Three Nigella’s Christmas Kichen Blog

Program Two Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen Blog

Program One Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen Blog

Nigella on TV in the US

We have some good prices on books by Nigella and reviews or reviews of How to be a Domestic Goddess and have you seen her Living Kitchen Range?


Nigella Lawson – Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen (1 of 3) + Recipe Links

Nigella Lawson – Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen (1 of 3) + Recipe Links

Well Nigella is always fun to watch and this year she has a new series on BBC2 (UK) at 8.00 pm, just before Oz and James’s big wine adventure. Surprisingly no new book yet – you can find some of the recipes in the book: Feast – Food that Celebrates Life, UK (£10.79) in the Nigella Book Store and in the USA ($23.10) for Nigella’s Feast.

Nigella’s program Wednesday 6th December:- Spicey!!

Starting the program off in a Christmas market in Salzburg, with a glass of mulled wine/cider sets the theme for the program – the aroma, the spices. Nigella’s unabashed love of Christmas comes shining through. Festive aromas – indeed – sounds so sexy! Woops! Sultry is her middle name.

A great way of cooking spiced glazed ham (recipe) and how the smell of mulled wine evokes Christmas warmth – how to enjoy cooking at home for Christmas. The idea of using spices to permeate  the home and create the atmosphere, literally.

Nigella reviews some old cookery books, that relate to Christmas and have seemingly endless complicated recipes.

Back to the ham and an unusual addition of wine, fennel and onion, garlic and fennel seeds. Star anise completes the recipe. Another great idea is the apple and dry cranberry chutney! What a most amazing recipe – absolutely fabulous! To glaze the ham slash the fat and add cloves, the old fashioned way.

The program is beautifully presented, with alpine snow and diffused light scenes in the kitchen – totally dreamy!

Gingerbread decorations – I haven’t heard of those before. What about a fruitcake, I don’t mean to be rude! Prunes and all sort of fruit. The zest and juice of oranges. You won’t believe the chocolate in the fruitcake (recipe)!  

To end it all smoked salmon, how to cure your own salmon – better than smoked salmon? Two to three days in the fridge and all the flavours get absorbed. Gravlax recipe.

Very enjoyable, I am not sure about Christmas being so fabulous, but the recipes are amazing – you will drool at the sight of the food and you can almost smell the aromas. Well done Nigella!

An excellent hour of food and wine, Nigella then Oz and James – almost too much to bear.


Program Three Nigella’s Christmas Kichen Blog

Program Two Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen Blog

Program One Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen Blog

Nigella on TV in the US

We have some good prices on books by Nigella and reviews or reviews of How to be a Domestic Goddess and have you seen her Living Kitchen Range?


Best Selling Food, Wine and Cook Books

Ever wondered what food, wine and cook books are likely to be the most popular in the UK? It is always useful to have a list and you will find some suggestions in the section below.
All the favourites are there, starting with – Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana. We hope to provide comments on each book over the next few days. (See below for USA and Canadian options).

Our top three books (one is a biography) are:

 1. Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook by Jamie Oliver
 2. Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay
 3. Tana Ramsay’s Family Kitchen: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Every Family by Tana Ramsay
Also featuring highly not in any particular order, are: 4. Gordon Ramsay’s Sunday Lunch: And Other Recipes from the “F Word” by Gordon Ramsay
 5. Rachel’s Favourite Food at Home by Rachel Allen
 6. In Search of Perfection by Heston Blumenthal
 7. Made in Italy: Food and Stories by Giorgio Locatelli
 8.  The Silver Spoon by Various
 9. Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver
 10.  Jamie’s Dinners by Jamie Oliver
 11. Rick Stein’s French Odyssey by Rick Stein
 12. How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking by Nigella Lawson
 13. Feast: Food That Celebrates Life by Nigella Lawson
 14. Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson
 15. Complete Cookery Course: Vol 1-3 in 1v by Delia Smith
 16. Complete Illustrated Cookery Course by Delia Smith
 17. The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen by Nigel Slater
 18. The River Cottage Family Cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Fizz Carr
 19. The River Cottage Meat Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
 20. Hugh Fearlessly Eats It All: Dispatches from the Gastronomic Frontline by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
 21. James Martin’s Great British Winter by James Martin and Simon WheelerAnnabel Karmel’s Baby Foods and meals:
 22. Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel
 23. Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby by Annabel Karmel
Wagamamas: 24. Wagamama: Ways With Noodles by Hugo Arnold
 25. Wagamama Cookbook and DVD by Hugo ArnoldWine: 26. Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2007 by Hugh Johnson 
 27. The Juice 2007: 100 Wines You Should Be Drinking by Matt SkinnerCovent Garden:

 28. New Covent Garden Book of Soup for All Seasons
 29. New Covent Garden Book of Soups: New, Old and Odd Recipes by Fiona Geddes

Many others:

 30. Innocent Smoothie Recipe Book: 57 and a Half Great Smoothie Recipes from the Innocent Kitchen: Book 2. by Innocent
 31. Every Day by Bill Granger
 32. Tom Aikens Cooking by Tom Aikens 
 33. ”Ready Steady Cook”: The Ten-minute Cookbook – 175 Quick and Easy Recipes from Your Favourite TV Chefs by Ross Burden, Gino D’Acampo, James Martin, and Nick Nairn 
 34. The Diet Doctors Inside and Out: The Full Body Makeover That Gets Results by Wendy Denning and Vicki Edgson 
 35. The Duchy Originals Cookbook by Nick Sandler and Johnny Acton 
 36. You Are What You Eat Cookbook by Gillian McKeith

Well it is quite a list and very interesting to see food, wine, diets and baby foods along with well known food emporia, diets and of course Ready Steady Cook. Hope this is interesting and you can find more information, reviews and good prices on each book here.

For best selling USA Cook Books and for best selling best selling Canadian Cook Books.