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Christmas recipe book - Delia or Nigella?

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castlelough Mon 29-Oct-12 11:54:47

If I was to purchase one of the above books in preparation for Christmas (never having cooked Christmas dinner before...) which one should I go for?
I'm not looking to veer too much from the traditional fare (for the first attempt anyway!)...

Caerlaverock Mon 29-Oct-12 11:56:21

I love the nigella one, I cook from it all year round. Plus the pictures are lovely and get you in the mood.

NuzzleandScratch Mon 29-Oct-12 11:59:55

Personally I always find Delia very reliable, and I love her Christmas book (white cover with red on). I'm not familiar with Nigella's though. Delia's braised red cabbage is lovely and very easy to do.

Caerlaverock Mon 29-Oct-12 12:02:55

I see your braised cabbage and raise you a nigellas chestnut soup!

HazeltheMcWitch Mon 29-Oct-12 12:02:58

I have them, and love them both. If you want trad, go with Delia. It's exactly as you'd expect: very clear guidance to how to make 'typical' seasonal food.
Nigella's is a bit more 'fun', and the recipes are slightly less traditional.
2nd the Delia red cabbage. Now a must for Xmas dinner and it freezes really well so I am making mine this week!

NuzzleandScratch Mon 29-Oct-12 12:05:41

Ooo, caerlaverock, that sounds lovely! Although dh was telling me earlier that apparently they'll be less chestnuts this year, due to the wet summer.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 29-Oct-12 12:09:23

yes, i love them both too
delia's christmas cake recipe is brilliant (suits my oven in any case)
we cook nigella's cranberry cookies all year round.

Arisbottle Mon 29-Oct-12 12:10:24

I would combine the two

MamaMary Mon 29-Oct-12 12:17:45

I'd go for Mary Berry - she's uber-reliable and her recipes are far less faff than Delia's.

41notTrendy Mon 29-Oct-12 12:20:27

We have the old Delia Christmas book and the more recent one with the white and red cover. They both have lovely recipes and very reliable.

Poledra Mon 29-Oct-12 12:21:01

Neither - Hairy Bikers Christmas book is fab.

castlelough Mon 29-Oct-12 13:14:28

Hairy Bikers???

Caerlaverock Mon 29-Oct-12 14:58:48

I always imagine finding pubes in the hairy bikers food

pregnantpause Tue 30-Oct-12 09:17:13

Seriously- hairy bikers Christmas is brilliant, their countdown for the day is bang on and delicious, and their chrismas pudding is wonderfu . Great ideas for leftover turkey too.I havent got nigella or delias though, so can't compare.

castlelough Tue 30-Oct-12 10:11:25

I've never heard of the Hairy Bikers! Will have a google!

FireOverBabylon Tue 30-Oct-12 10:13:17

The white Delia one - her sausage roll recipe is fab

castlelough Thu 01-Nov-12 22:20:57

Found the Hairy Bikers Christmas at the library today! grin

HoratiaWinwood Thu 01-Nov-12 22:34:21

Delia is easy to follow, but most of her recipes are available on her website so I'm not sure I'd bother buying the book. That said, I own a big Delia bible so cooked Christmas dinner from that last year.

But Nigella Coke ham is a Winwood Christmas staple now (recipe also available online ) so I'd be tempted by her too.

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