Book of the Week: The Christmas Chronicles
Nigel Slater is one of the UK's greatest cookery writers, and with The Christmas Chronicles he has truly outdone himself. Filled with recipes, stories, and essays this is less a cookbook and more an homage to the beauty of winter.
Taking you from 1 November all the way to the end of January, The Christmas Chronicles covers everything from Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year to Epiphany. Throughout the season, Nigel offers over 100 recipes to see you through the build-up, the celebrations and the aftermath. Here are much-loved classics such as goose and turkey (and making the most of the leftovers), mincemeat and the cake; recipes to make the cold months bearable, like ribsticker bread pudding with Comte and Taleggio, salt crust potatoes with blue cheese and goat's curd, and hot-smoked salmon, potatoes and dill; as well as bright flavours to welcome the new year, including pink grapefruit marmalade, pear and pickled radish salad and rye, linseed and treacle bread.
Packed with feasts, folktales, myths and memoir and all told in Nigel's warm and intimate signature style, The Christmas Chronicles is the ultimate celebration of winter.
"A dream of a book. Slater … has produced such a hymn to winter that we’ll all be able to cope with it this year" - Diana Henry, Telegraph
"Slater remains the reigning champion, a writer incapable of uninspiring sentences" - Daily Express
"Congratulations Nigel! The Christmas Chronicles is a magical, cosy hug of a book" - Nigella Lawson