Festive feasts – New Cooking books in December

Preparing for the festive season? This selection of recent cookbooks should help.

Syndetics book coverCelebrating Christmas / editorial and food director, Pamela Clark.
Festive food & menu for a stress-free Christmas.

Syndetics book coverA Banquet on a Budget / Judy Ridgway.
“In A Banquet on a Budget Author Judy Ridgway draws on her professional and personal experience to show you how to cater for a wedding, or any big party with confidence and style.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverForest Feast : simple vegetarian recipes from my cabin in the woods / Erin Gleeson.
“Offering detailed guidance on hosting casual yet thoughtful get-togethers from start to finish, this book includes 100 brand new innovative recipes…This lavishly illustrated reference is for anyone who enjoys sharing good food with good friends simply and beautifully.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverElbows off the Table, Please : recipes to make any occasion special / Jo Seagar ; photography by Jae Frew.
“Delicious, effortless recipes, along with wise advice on how to be a generous host and gracious guest no matter what the occasion. In this must-have collection of recipes, Jo Seager shares her favourite dishes for simple gatherings, special celebrations and those times when a home-made offering saves the day.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverJamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook.
Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook is packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food and new ways to love those leftovers. It’s everything you need for the best Christmas ever. “This book is the greatest hits, all wrapped up in one Christmas parcel, and I hope you have fun looking through, picking your recipes, and building your own plan.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverHow to Celebrate Everything : recipes and rituals for birthdays, holidays, family dinners, and every day in between / Jenny Rosenstrach ; photography by Chelsea Cavanaugh ; food styling by Victoria Granof.
“Author and blogger Rosenstrach focuses her latest effort on what to eat during the celebrations and everyday routines that become treasured family memories…For the most part, the recipes are updates of home cooking classics, streamlined and easy to prepare for both small and large gatherings.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverKathryn at Home : a guide to simple entertaining / Kathryn M. Ireland with Ithaka Roddam.
“This book celebrates good friends and great food in the French countryside and southern California. In an elegant scrapbook style, she shares her advice on entertaining particularly outdoors.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverModern Potluck : beautiful food to share / Kristin Donnelly.
Modern Potluck has 100 photo-worthy make-ahead recipes that are perfect for a crowd. Tailored to today’s tastes, they navigate carnivore, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan preferences deliciously, while packing in exciting, bold flavors. Look no further for dishes that will be the talk of your next gathering.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe Great British Bake Off : children’s party cakes & bakes : 70 recipes for a perfect children’s party / Annie Rigg.
“Bake the cake of your child’s dreams with the help of The Great British Bake Off team! This guide to creating a showstopper birthday cake will make the annual birthday party stress-free, with plenty of ideas for creative and achievable small bakes too. Whether you are a novice cook or a skilled baker, take your pick from recipes for lions, castles, snow queens, rockets, and crowns.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOutdoors : simple delicious food for barbecues, spits, and open fires / Jeremy Schmid ; photography by Devin Hart.
“Everything tastes better when it is cooked outdoors. The enticing aroma of a cooking fire wafting flavours through fresh air is irresistible – it’s an ideal invitation to relax and unwind with friends or family and enjoy delicious food in attractive natural surroundings…. Full of deliciously mouth-watering recipes, without doubt, you’ll soon find Outdoors will become your favourite go-to cookbook. (Book Jacket)

The Dinner LadiesThe Dinner Ladies / Sophie Gilliatt, Katherine Westwood.
“The evening, when time and patience are at their shortest, can be the worst part of the day to throw a meal together. And then there are the unexpected mouths to feed: a friend with a new baby, an elderly family member, a couple of uninvited ravenous teenagers…Enter the Dinner Ladies, the fearsomely organised duo bringing delicious peace to busy households. They are the mistresses of stocked-up fridges and freezers thanks to a wide-ranging repertoire of nourishing, reliable make-ahead meals….Welcome the Dinner Ladies to your kitchen and reclaim your evenings.” (Book Jacket)