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Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,165 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Nigella Christmas comprises reliable, practical, easy-to-follow recipes and inspiring and reassuring advice, presented in a gorgeous package that will make this the ultimate gift to yourself, your family and friends.
Nigella Christmas will surely become an all-time perennial favourite, the book we will all reach for – for minimum stress and maximum enjoyment – at holiday s
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Knopf Canada (first published October 2nd 2008)
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Dec 20, 2008 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Just in time for Christmas, Nigella Lawson has brought us a wonderful Christmas gift in her new cookbook Nigella Christmas. First I have to say this is a beautiful book. The photography is absolutely amazing. To tell you the truth I could just look at the pictures over and over again and be happy. They are bright and vibrant and there are so many of them and of all kinds of things, not only food. She has pictures of her table, of gifts, of herself and her kids and a lot of other little things. T ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cooking
A perfect addition to my book shelf, some truly indulgent and easy recipes to help make Christmas that tad bit more exciting. the pictures are stunning and add a dimensions to this book lacking in here first few.
i loved her writing about the real pagan traditions that have been over looked at Christmas , the way its been turned into a holiday of ridiculous glittering lights and spending far to much on useless presents.
Her writing in whimsical but so very true, the traditions are inspirational so
Lisa Janda
May 22, 2009 Lisa Janda rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I'm a whore for Nigella and own all her books; this one, however, was a bit of a disappointment in that I already own all her books. This is a collection of previously published recipes, which, on its own, makes a very worthwhile addition to a collection that is Nigella-less. Or for someone like me who just wanted it for the collection. It's a very pretty book, with lush photos throughout but I wouldn't run over a basket of kittens for it.
Linda Hartlaub
Dec 19, 2014 Linda Hartlaub rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Ah, Nigella, you vixen. What is not to love about her cookbooks?

Nigella Lawson brings glamour along with a dry wit to her recipes. Sound instructions and mouth-watering photos make you want to eat the pages. She doesn't have patience for frilly, fussy recipes, but finds the quickest way to obtain fabulous results. Her writing style evokes her television personality from her cooking shows (and also makes you laugh if you've seen Modern Family). A sophisticated, yet down-to-earth cookbook from an
Virginia Campbell
Dec 23, 2011 Virginia Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks, holiday
"Nigella Christmas" is such a gorgeous book. It truly is one of those cookbooks that looks good enough to eat! The introduction is interesting, informative, and unexpected--combining ancient holiday customs with modern awareness and sensibility. Being a watcher of TV's "Nigella Feasts", I am familiar with the author's speaking voice and persona. I could distinctly "hear" her speaking the introduction while I read it, and that made the words even more enjoyable. Nigella Lawson's food is sumptuous ...more
Iowa City Public Library
I love listening to Nigella Lawson when she is an occasional guest on NPR; I imagine many tv-watching cooks enjoy her program on the Food Network as well. Her down-to-earth approach to cooking and entertaining, and her self-admitted indulgent love of eating are as apparent in her cookbooks as they are in her media appearances. Nigella Christmas, published late last year, is a prime example.

Lawson’s approach to Christmas is a secular one that revels in hospitality, gift-giving, celebration, and s
Jun 15, 2012 Saskia rated it it was amazing
Ik denk dat dit mijn absoluut favoriete kookboek is (alhoewel, dat natuurlijk kan variëren ;-)). Sinds ik het heb gekocht, kook ik eigenlijk elk jaar uit dit geweldige boek. Maar waarom kocht ik het eigenlijk? Nou... Er was eens een extreem drukke decembermaand waarin het keihard werken was op kantoor. Maar dankzij vriendin Marleen keek ik elke avond in de week voor kerst naar het geweldige kerst-kookprogramma van Nigella waarin de recepten uit dit boek aan de orde kwamen. Wat een rustpunt in al ...more
Catherine Woodman
I really do not like the selling of Nigella. But her recipes and ideas about how to do holidays are really quite nice. What other cookbook has 25 shots of the author? Which outpaces the photos of food (which are quite good)? Silly really. But it is part of her packaged persona, and I can't get past it, even though I have made many a wonderful thing that she has proposed creating. This one has a fruit cake that has no flour, that I think (paradoxically) could be great for Passover. Additionally t ...more
Dec 21, 2011 PoligirlReads rated it it was ok
I love Nigella Lawson and all things Nigella-related. I mean *love*. I mean love in a way that's probably not quite healthy and that might just warrant professional help. This is why it pains me to give Nigella Christmas just two stars. And really, the two stars are for the as-always beautiful writing. I started this book dreaming about how I would make a holiday feast based on her recipes, and maybe even adopt an accent in proper homage while I labored over a hot stove in full makeup and hair. ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cuisine
Another great book by Nigella. Heartwarming, setting christmas warm mood and as usual- not too complicated, delicious and relaxed approach. I enjoy Nigella's writing, full of adjectives and descriptions, anecdotes... I liked a lot the Christmas pud history and all of her advices how to organise and not lose the pleasure in all the hurry.

As for what I've made so far: chestnut soup (delicious) and pumpkin&goat's cheese lasagne (made with butternut, delicious too), amazing vanilla bundt cake fo
Dec 10, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Great food pictures and excellent instructions. I am going to try the roasted potatoes, and the stuffed pork loin for Christmas (except I am substituting turkey breast for the pork). Fingers crossed!
Dec 06, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it
This is a very nice cookbook for recipes to make for the holidays. They are very good recipes and the pictures of her table and food are great.
Julie H.
I count 13 dishes I'd like to make from Nigella Lawson's Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities. I was surprised--or perhaps disappointed is the word--by how many of the recipes involve use of store-bought items such as repurposing store-bought chocolate muffins for the Tiramasu Layer Cake. If I'm going to make the item, I'd just as soon make the whole thing and not construct it of foods I have no knowledge of what has gone into. A bit disappointing in that regard, but the fact th ...more
Angela Burkholder
Jan 08, 2016 Angela Burkholder rated it it was amazing
I pull this out every Christmas. Reading it really gets me in the holiday spirit. I love the chocolate shortbread cookies!!
Oct 13, 2008 Renee rated it it was amazing
Reading through this book, I'm even more excited about Christmas. She tells it all charmingly and realistically as ever. I'm particularly enticed by a couple of unexpected things - butternut orzotto, a range of cocktails with impressive sounding non-alcoholic additions (I'm only interested because I'm pregnant, believe me!), and some wonderfully easy-looking (once I find the ingredients) home-made preserves to make as gifts. Or, presumably, to enjoy oneself. This is a fabulous pre-Christmas gift ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: perfect, books-i-own
Nigella and Christmas seem to just belong to together. I have never gone to any other book for guidance at Christmas time, only Nigellas' will do. I worship the Girdle-buster and fantasize all-too-often about her spruced up vanilla cake - which I happen to make all-year round. Her perfect roast potatoes make my mouth salivate and my heart sing and her gold dust stars can lift anyone's spirits. It is not just the recipes in this book that make it so good. Is is her descriptions, her imagery that ...more
Emily Von pfahl
I'm not sure how many recipes I will make out of this book, but it is a delightful read.
Nov 27, 2014 Monique rated it liked it
What can one say about Nigella? Christmas food full of fat, sugar and goodies. Total digestive overload! I love it.
Sep 01, 2010 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-cookbooks
the first Nigella Lawson cookbook I purchased, Nigella Christmas is the reason why I bought all of Nigella's cookbooks! I loved everything about it, the photography, the layout, the little stories behind the recipes, the tips to make things in advance, and, obviously, the recipes! I loved all the recipes for the holiday season, I made a lot of the food to give to family and friends (chutneys, sweets, you name it!) and everyone loved it! The Christmas dinner was a real success, my non-British rel ...more
Sara Westhead
Jan 02, 2015 Sara Westhead rated it it was ok
Not too impressed - nothing really attractive or enticing...
Oct 26, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
Had to have, but haven't indulged too much, maybe because I have a lot of traditional favorites that I make every year
Niels Martens
Aug 12, 2015 Niels Martens rated it it was amazing
Nice to have with great recipes for christmas.
Jan 09, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
pretty book, but I didn't make a thing!
great christmas book
Alice R.
Mar 02, 2016 Alice R. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This is truly a wonderful collection of easy but luxurious recipes for Christmas.
They include all-time favorites such as roasts and potatoes, as well as traditional dishes from other traditions.
All recipes are very easy to follow, with step-by-step instructions. there is also a detailed guide to help you organize a Christmas feast in a timely manner.
A very nice section includes ideas and recipes for home-made food gifts.
I would definitely recommend this book to all Christmas enthusiasts!
Mar 17, 2016 Mary rated it it was ok
I'm generally a fan of Nigella but this was not one of my favorites. If you celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, Nigella's writings about this holiday may leave you disappointed. If Christmas is a secular holiday for you, then you will enjoy Nigella's perspective in this book. But as for the recipes, some are lovely while others are recycled from her previous cookbooks with a slight twist here and there. But as with all her cookbooks, the photos are always a treat.
Jan 09, 2015 Tracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Love the chipolatas wrapped in bacon & chilli jam.
Dec 04, 2009 Sherrie rated it liked it
I like to watch Nigella, but I'm not sure she's my favorite cookbook writer, odd hmm? Her main courses in this book are fairly labor intensive, requiring that you actually sit down and plan out your timing of how you throw together these holiday menus. I think she should have taken her approach from her last book, Nigella Express, and tried that out in a holiday book. Also, damnit: I don't own a tagine.
Caroline Magill
Aug 28, 2013 Caroline Magill rated it it was amazing
I wheel this out every year around October time to start my Christmas chutneys, then I move on to the Christmas cake in November. The gingerbread recipe is a tried and tested Christmas Eve favourite to make with the kids and my Christmas dinner veggies come from here. The piece de resistance is the Cranberry sauce that I make copious quantities of to give to loved ones each year. Perfection.
Petra Sýkorová
Mar 18, 2013 Petra Sýkorová rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
Dobře, nikdy jsem si do to-read nedala cookbook, ale když jsem si ji nedávno koupila a celou pročetla, říkám si, proč ne? :D Mám Nigellu jako kuchařku moc ráda, jednu hvězdičku dávám dolů jen za to, že jsou to typické anglické recepty - což je samozřejmě pochopitelné, vzhledem k autorce - a mě štve, že si některé nejspíš s našimi českými ingrediencemi nebudu moci udělat...!
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Nigella Lawson is the daughter of former Conservative cabinet minister Nigel Lawson (now Lord Lawson) and the late Vanessa Salmon, socialite and heir to the Lyons Corner House empire, who died of liver cancer in 1985. Lawson attended Godolphin and Latymer School and Westminster School before graduating from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, with a degree in Medieval and Modern Languages.
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