The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook

Eds. Hearst: Sterling. Oct. 2013. 400p. illus. index. ISBN 9781588169747. $30. COOKING
No detail is overlooked in Good Housekeeping's newest Christmas cookbook, which includes planning guides; decorating, entertaining, and cleaning tips; celebrity-contributed quotes and subsections (e.g., Paula Deen's "Irresistible Holiday Appetizers"); and more than 300 recipes for cocktails, mains, sides, and desserts. Though impressive in scope, this title delivers a mixed message, promising to "chase away stress" while also urging readers to test new recipes in advance, sleep in the guest room to ensure its comfort, hand polish the silver, and lay a festive tablescape. Recipes—mostly American, with some healthy options—include nutrition facts.
VERDICT Recommended for serious hosts organizing large, traditional gatherings and for readers in search of creative Christmas ideas.
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