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Throughout her distinguished career, Elizabeth David wrote and collected many articles about Christmas food. She put together a file of these articles, recipes, and notes, and even wrote an introduction, intending to publish them as a book. It never appeared, and after her death in 1992, her literary executor Jill Norman found the box with all this material. She put them t ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published November 25th 2015 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published January 1st 2003)
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Terri
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
This book comes into my life (out from the library looking for Christmas ideas) at the exact same time as, after a hot week of over 40 degree days, a rotten egg in the basket on my kitchen cookbook shelf exploded all over my treasured Elizabeth David book, English Bread and Yeast Cookery.
Not sure if I can save it. Smells so bad...

Keeping that in mind, please be aware that there may be more emotion in my five star rating due to the fact that I am currently in mourning. Possible the book is only f
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False
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-drink
You don't necessarily read David's books for the recipes, but rather her glorious writing about food, and her own memories tied to food; in this case the holiday of Christmas. I copied a few of the recipes with sauces, and the chapter on "frumety," (a grained gruel,) but for the most part I wouldn't be preparing jellied ox tongue or game birds or spiced quince, bread sauce (even she hates this one,) lengthy descriptions on how to make plum pudding (which she also doesn't like,) and many things y ...more
Cindy
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's always a pleasure to read Elizabeth David, although reading this book while dining alone at a Cracker Barrel was a sad moment. I've dogeared many a recipe and hope to remember her wonderful approach to a quiet Christmas: champagne, good bread, and smoked salmon.
Tim
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The description says it all really.
It's not written in the same way as her earlier books as it was compiled after her death.
It's a lovely read, and as always, highly usable.
I can't say I've ever seen this in a bookshop. My copy is a large print edition withdrawn from my library.
If there is a problem with it is that it was compiled from a collection gathered over perhaps two decades. That and the fact she came from a fairly well off background. The combination means that some of what she writes
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David R. Godine
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
"If we were to bushwack our way back to the true source of modern American food culture, we would find that it is not Julia Child, but Elizabeth David. (Her) recipes are all charm. . . ."
The New Yorker

"Elizabeth David's Christmas is based on a box of essays, recipes, and writings David collected over the years for a Christmas book she never found time to compile. In 2003, her editor and literary executor, Jill Norman, first published this project in Great Britain to wide acclaim. David was a c
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John
May 05, 2013 added it
"Para Navidad", the final brief piece, a gentle, unhurried description of an October moment in the south-eastern corner of Spain is more than enough to make a book of classic short stories worthwhile. That "Para Navidad" comes at the close of a Christmas cookery book cobbled together posthumously is a testament to the power and artistry of Elizabeth David's writing. All of her books contain these gems of pure, human, simple joy at being alive, in the sun, with good friends and simple food - and, ...more
Laura
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
If you ever wanted to know where your Christmas traditions come from (and you're English), this is a great book. It includes lots of classic holiday traditions and recipes, along with the recipes and people they came from - often going back to the 1700s and sometimes farther. Most of these recipes are pretty time-consuming to make, but some of the drinks and deserts and starters would fit more modern tables (and timetables). An interesting read, if you like culinary history. If not, don't bother ...more
Ann
Dec 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Eliz David, very charming and well written.
Sarah
Aug 15, 2011 added it
Recommended by Mom. Food book.
Not bad, but not of the food sounded good at all.
Kate Schaefer
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this for myself for Christmas. It is fascinating, I will probably read it every Christmas.
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Jill created the Penguin Cookery Library in the 1960s and 1970s, bringing many first-class authors to the list. She has since become a Glenfiddich trophy winner in her own right, and is a leading authority on the use of herbs and spices. She is the literary trustee of the Elizabeth David estate, and worked with Mrs David for many years.
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