Delia has long been the person we turn to for stress-free Christmas celebrations. This year, she celebrates 40 years of writing recipes and brings you Delia’s Happy Christmas—the definitive guide to all aspects of cooking for Christmas. This cookbook will help you to plan your Christmas festivities to the very last culinary detail, acting as an invaluable Christmas organizer from reminding you to make your Christmas pudding and chutneys in November to giving you a crucial countdown for the last 36 hours. Delia’s Happy Christmas will give you 150 recipes, including 100 new recipes and 50 much-loved classics, plus menu plans and shopping lists, illustrated with glorious full-color photography.
Delia’s Happy Christmas Review
A Positive Update on an Old Classic
Well, as some of you may have seen in our 7 Super Christmas Cookbooks article, this is not the first Christmas recipe book Delia has released. In fact, this is simply an updated version of the former classic, but it also has many new and innovative twists… taking us right up to Hogmanay.
I feel there is a place in the kitchen for both books. Delia’s first Christmas book is smaller and more suited to those who want to keep things fairly traditional. And this, her larger volume, takes things one step beyond for those who want to be a little more experimental.
So having both is a surefire way to ensure you have all Christmas culinary eventualities covered! Standout recipes include A Very Special Seafood Risotto, Chocolate and Sour Cherry Crumble (surely THE ultimate winter warmer of a pud and utterly delectable with a dollop of clotted cream), Scots Trifle with Drambuie, Eighteenth-Century Chestnut Stuffing (I am intrigued!), Mulled ‘Wine’ for Drivers (what a fab idea), Orecchiette with Walnut Sauce, Roast Loin of Pork with Crackling and a Confit of Spiced Prunes and Apricots… I could go on. And on. And on.
Basically, Delia succeeds once again by offering up a wide selection of recipes to suit all ages and taste buds. Just like the book that went before, vegetarians will not be disappointed. And those with a sweet tooth will be utterly spoiled for choice. There is even a really fab ‘Armchair Shopping’ page so readers can do nothing more laborious than switch on the laptop and order special ingredients required by some of the recipes direct from stockists.