Book Review ~ Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook 200 Christmas Recipes

~ Book Review ~

Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook 

200 Christmas Recipes



A Cute and Complete Collection of Culinary Christmas Ideas

This arrived too late for me post my review before Christmas, but I am still enjoying the book in the New Year. 

The book is only small in size, but don’t let that put you off, as there 200 festive, (and not so festive) recipes to choose from and some wonderfully original ideas for biscuits and cakes. The photos and layout of the book is appealing and very practical ~ the photos are especially helpful in giving ideas for serving suggestions. The introduction is a mini chapter in its own right with all sorts of practical ideas for festive ingredients, some basic cake and icing recipes and a turkey cooking guide.

 

In addition to the introduction, there are a further five chapters and an index.
The main chapters comprise:

 

Christmas Fare ~ which covers roast turkey, stuffing, sauces, beef, salmon, goose, lamb, ham, salads, pies, at least three imaginative vegetarian options, desserts, beverages, Christmas puddings as well as some wonderful vegetable accompaniment ideas.

 

Centrepiece Cakes ~ covers the basic Christmas fruit cake recipe with some amazing and creative icing/decorating ideas, as well as buche de Noel, gingerbread house, stollen, panforte and other European cake recipes.

 

Small Cakes and Cookies ~ this wonderful chapter covers all small bakes and cakes from mince pies to some adorable little mini Christmas cakes, along with biscuits, pies, tree decorations, fairy cakes and meringues. all with a festive feel and all quite charming.

 

Edible Gifts ~ this chapter has some imaginative and lovely ideas for edible gifts to include relish, chutney, liqueurs, sweets, chocolates, fudge, mincemeat and many other preserves such as fruit curd and marmalade.

 

Leftover Turkey Ideas ~ this chapter certainly goes beyond the “turkey curry” idea and suggests some original and tasty leftover ideas for your turkey such as soups, pasta dishes, gratins, salads, stir-fries, pies and sandwiches. I found some lovely ideas there for my post-turkey table.

 

The index is easy to follow and I found the highlighted words in bold for each letter of the alphabet useful for recipe searching.

 

This little book had some exciting recipe ideas in it and I used it several times throughout the festive period, mainly for the leftovers recipes and vegetable accompaniments as well as a cocktail or two! We particularly liked the roast vegetable and bread salad, Camembert leeks and the onions stuffed with apple and Stilton. On Christmas Eve we all enjoyed a Strawberry Champagne Cup, several times!

 

I have given this 5 stars based on the fact that we are not vegetarians; my parents and sister are vegetarians and they found the book a little limited, as many of the recipes are meat based with a complete chapter devoted to turkey leftovers. However, the book was sent to me to review and I was very pleased with the variety and contents. This book would make a lovely little stocking filler gift as it is competitively priced at £4.99 from Hamlyn and only £2.59 on Amazon, which makes it a bargain for such a comprehensive book.

 

Overall impressions are a cute and complete collection of Christmas recipes to include some amazing edible gift ideas and some stunning cakes; the vegetable accompaniments are also innovative and original, as well as easy to make. You would be hard pressed to buy a take away meal for £4.99 now, so this wee book is a bargain!
(The book was sent to me by the Octopus Publishing Group
as part of their book review scheme for bloggers.)

Comments

  1. Marie says

    Karen, I have a few of the small Hamlyn cookbooks and they are a wealth of tasty recipes. Well done on the Christmas one! Looks like one that I would enjoy! xxoo

  2. Fabulicious Food says

    Looks like a lovely book, I shall definitely investigate for next year. I absolutely love the crown cake, will have to make that one for sure!

  3. Neesie Natters says

    My first EVER cookery book was a Hamlyn's All-Colour Book of Quick Dishes. I purchased it the day after I got engaged, all those years ago.

    There's a few recipes that I still cook today, although they've evolved over the years.
    Have a great weekend ;D

  4. Neesie Natters says

    My first EVER cookery book was a Hamlyn's All-Colour Book of Quick Dishes. I purchased it the day after I got engaged, all those years ago.

    There's a few recipes that I still cook today, although they've evolved over the years.
    Have a great weekend ;D

  5. Kate@whatkatebaked says

    What a lovely book- and I really like the idea of the kids Crown Cake! I'll definitely keep an eye out for it for lots of baking inspiration next year!

    PS: Can't wait to see the new site!

  6. Janice says

    Looks good. I have to remember next Christmas not to make quite so much! I still have so much baking left to eat and really don't need the extra pounds!

  7. cakeboule says

    This book looks good after eading your review. We all buy so many cookbooks that it is important to get ones that are going to be used – so thank you Ilike this one.

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