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Holiday Cookies

It's National Cookie Day on December 4 in the US and the UK. Wherever you are you need no excuse to whip up a batch of cookies. A great activity with kids over the holidays, cookies make thoughtful, inexpensive seasonal gifts. These four books are brimming with recipes, techniques, and charm.

Best Holiday Cookies

Best Holiday Cookies

Marcy Goldman

Cookies for the holiday season are innately easy to love, and a collection of 13 (a ‘baker’s dozen’) of crowd-pleasers like these will never fail to hit the target. Marcy Goldman is a master baker, and following her tips–for baking with spices, making sure your cookies bake evenly without scorching, and stopping your brown sugar from going rock-hard, and more–are certain to up your baking ante.

The Art of the Cookie

The Art of the Cookie

Shelly Kaldunski

This book by chef, food stylist and culinary educator Shelly Kaldunski is about transforming a basic biscuit to an edible work of craft and artistry. The recipes give instructions on how to use a variety of cook’s equipment and tools – pastry bags, cutters, food coloring, brushes, and the like – to turn out beautiful cookies that really shine.

The Cookie Lover's Cookie Book

The Cookie Lover's Cookie Book

Richard Sax

Richard Sax’s adorably illustrated cookbook shares the secret techniques to baking the perfect cookies right in your home kitchen. Fill your cookie jar with more than 50 different kinds of tasty cookies, from Coconut-Chip Blondies to Swedish Dream Cookies.

Mrs. Witty's Monster Cookies

Mrs. Witty's Monster Cookies

Helen Witty

Mrs Witty’s adorable slim volume of cookie recipes divides her cookies by size, from bite-sized to 12-inch ultimate monsters, which include her classic Chocolate Chip Cookies. Tapping into what in 1983 she called “the cookie craze that more or less grips the nation today,” the book went on to win the prestigious R.T. French Tastemaker Cookbook Award (now the James Beard Award).

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Recipe of the Day

Recipe of the Day

Country-style terrine

Winter: Le Cordon Bleu Home Collection

Le Cordon Bleu

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"This coarsely-textured pâté derives its name from the deep rectangular dish in which it is cooked. Meat terrines often contain a high proportion of pork, and some pork fat, to prevent the meat from becoming dry." Le Cordon Bleu

Author spotlight

Reza Mahammad

Reza Mahammad

London-born Mahammad comes from a family of restaurateurs (many will know the Star of India, which was a 1990s celeb magnet). He is known for combining the tastes of India with European ingredients. The recipes in his book ‘Reza’s Indian Spice’ exemplify his cooking style.

Annie Gray

Annie Gray

Dr Annie Gray is a food historian, broadcaster, and consultant, as well as an honorary research associate at the University of York. She also has written several books on the theme of food in history, most recently 'At Christmas We Feast,' with more books in the pipeline. Annie firmly believes that, “the recipes and techniques of the past are as exciting and relevant now as they have ever been.”

Guy Watson

Guy Watson

Guy Watson began farming at Riverford, South Devon, in 1985. The team behind the pioneering veg box scheme are now one of the country's largest independent growers. Riverford books include Riverford Farm, Riverford Farm Cook Book, Autumn and Winter Cooking with a Veg Box, and Spring and Summer Cooking with a Veg Box.

Features & Stories

Consuming Passions: Stout

Consuming Passions: Stout

In the latest addition to our consuming passions series, Laura Hadland (drinks writer and author of 50 Years of CAMRA: Celebrating 50 years of the Campaign for Real Ale) celebrates the dark mysteries of stout, the style of beer made famous by Guinness, whose rich and smooth flavour makes it a beverage with a vast range of culinary possibilities. Laura also offer recommendations for some of her personal favorite craft stouts and suggestions for their use.

Newsletter: Get ready for Thanksgiving and Stir up Sunday

Newsletter: Get ready for Thanksgiving and Stir up Sunday

The American holiday of Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November – this year November 24. Its origins lie in various days for thanksgiving across US history, and since the 1800s has become established as a date that brings families across the US together. Cooking for a crowd brings its challenges, even before you factor in everyone’s expectation of the special meal. Fear not, we’ve got everything you need to keep everyone happy.

The Twelve Shoulds of Christmas

The Twelve Shoulds of Christmas

Food historian Annie Gray is a familiar to many through her regular appearances on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet. Annie has a passion for cookbooks, the older and more eclectic the better, and we are proud to have several of her own cookbooks on ckbk, including The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook and How to Cook the Victorian Way with Mrs Crocombe. Annie’s most recent cookbook, At Christmas We Feast which was added to ckbk this week, looks at the culinary traditions and mythologies which mark the festive season.

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