Inspirational Festive Cookbooks

The festive meal comes but once a year and the weeks before the big day are the time for planning, preparation – and a little bit of dreaming. The books in this collection will provide several meals' worth of inspiration, whether you're after historic Victorian roasts à la Downton or sweet treats worthy of a top Viennese café.

New York Christmas

New York Christmas

By Lisa Nieschlag and Lars Wentrup

During the festive season, New York City pulls out all the stops, puts on its lights and gets ready to feast. German-born authors Lisa Nieschlag and Lars Wentrup brilliantly capture that sense of anticipation, and the photographs show off the city at its snowy, wintry best. Recipes cover the whole festive period, from Christmas baking to Christmas dinner and New Year’s Eve drinks. Slickly packaged and beautifully shot, it’s a book that’s bound to rouse the festive spirit.

The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

By Regula Ysewijn

Christmas played an important role in ‘Downton,’ and this book is a sumptuous showcase for festive food and trimmings. Meticulously researched, it traces the holiday’s roots far back, beyond English Victorian traditions. Alongside ‘traditional’ roast turkey and gingerbread are long-forgotten dishes such as Whitby Cake and Hackin Pudding. Thoroughly delicious edible history.

Kaffeehaus

Kaffeehaus

By Rick Rodgers

Seasoned cookbook author and cooking teacher Rick Rodgers turns his attention to the indulgent desserts of the coffee houses of central European capitals, where comfort can be sought, and always found, in a good strudel or a well-made torte. The recipes are well explained (no surprise given the author's teaching credentials), making impressive cakes and pastries within easy reach of the home cook.

The Italian Regional Cookbook

The Italian Regional Cookbook

By Valentina Harris

Tuscan-born Valentina Harris, who describes herself as “an ambassador for Italy’s culinary riches” has spent her professional lifetime travelling to every nook and cranny of Italy, studying the country’s deeply ingrained food history, and meeting the home cooks and chefs at the heart of Italian cuisine. All that food wisdom is distilled into this, her magnum opus.

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Recipe of the Day

Recipe of the Day

Devilish Eggs

Back in the Day Bakery Made With Love

Cheryl Day and Griffith Day

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"I always know it’s going to be a great party if I see a plate of deviled eggs on the buffet. They are a staple at parties here in the South. At our house, you’ll find them sitting pretty, right next to the Pimento Cheese Crackers. I like my deviled eggs made with plenty of sweet pickle relish, topped with a garnish of tomato and onion and just a sprinkle of paprika." Cheryl Day and Griffith Day

Author spotlight

Jasmine Hemsley

Jasmine Hemsley

Jasmine and her sister Melissa (aka Hemsley + Hemsley) are known in the UK for combining wellbeing and mindfulness strategies with nutritious eating. Jasmine has written three cookbooks, two with her sister. The recipes in her solo 2017 book, East by West, are based on Ayurvedic principles.

Asa Simonsson

Asa Simonsson

Simonsson was born in Sweden, where she grew up making traditional fermented food and drink. A qualified nurse, she now lives in the UK, where she has a nutrition practice and runs frequent workshops on fermentation and healthy eating. Her debut book, ‘Fermentation,’ was published in 2019.

James Mackenzie

James Mackenzie

James is head chef and co-owner, with wife Kate, of Michelin-starred The Pipe & Glass in Yorkshire, which combines top-notch cooking with the atmosphere of a relaxed country pub. James is dedicated to British ingredients and recipes. His book ‘On the Menu’ was published in 2011.

Features & Stories

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Behind the Cookbook: The Sainsbury’s cookbook series

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Digging up the history of hot chocolate

Digging up the history of hot chocolate

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