Best Christmas cookbooks

Best Christmas cookbooks

Which is the best Christmas cookbook of them all? Here's our mouthwatering round-up of the books Mumsnetters rely on for their festive feasts

Delia's Happy Christmas

£17.92, Amazon

Delia's Happy Christmas

“The mini puff pastry tarts with different toppings – tomato, mustard and thyme, goats cheese, olive and thyme, and pancetta, parmesan and sage. These were great as I made ahead of time and reheated in the oven. They also looked very impressive compared to how easy they were to make.”

“Delia's book is beautiful. There are some very traditional recipes so it's more suited to adults, but it's got stunning pictures and it makes me feel all cosy and festive reading it.”

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Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities

From £12.99, Amazon

Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities

“Nigella's star topped mince pies and ham in cherry coca cola are 2 of my must-have recipes, I think there would be a mutiny here if they were not constantly available in December!”

“I made Nigella's Christmas morning muffins yesterday. They're always lovely and ridiculously easy – but the real reason for making them is the smell: pure Christmas.”

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Feast - Nigella

From £1.34, Amazon

Feast - Nigella

“Made the brined turkey from Nigella and it was fantastic! Got lots of compliments on it, although the skin went more of a dark brown than a golden colour. I just wish my husband liked turkey so I could make it again soon…”

“One of my most used books as it caters for when you've got big numbers to feed. Brilliant when you casually invite 20 friends over and they all accept… gulp!”

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Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook

From £8.99, Amazon

Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook

“Jamie Oliver's get-ahead turkey gravy is fantastic and so easy and I'm rubbish at gravy-making. I shove it in the freezer and bring out on Xmas morning.”

“My best tip is to DO THE GRAVY IN ADVANCE: this is one tip I'm forever grateful for. So a week or two in advance you roast up a tray of chicken legs, root veg, garlic and onion . After a couple of hours you mush everything up and strain all the liquid and goodness back into the roasting pan, scrape off the crusty bits with some stock and wine, then thicken. You have the time to get it as smooth as you like and you can make plenty.”

“Another vote for Jamie's gravy – I've used it the last 3 years or so and it's lovely. Drinkable, even.”

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Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas

£20.29, Amazon

Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas

“The Sarah Raven Christmas Pudding is my foolproof, tried and tested one. The only booze in it is some brown ale, but you can substitute this with milk. I am no cook, but it turns out really well. I simmer them for about 5 hours, and then put them away. A medium one then takes about 10 minutes in the microwave on Christmas Day.”

“Her book just arrived and is brilliant! Lovely poncey recipes and unrealistic flower arranging ideas. Great.”

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The Hairy Bikers' 12 Days of Christmas

From £9.99, Amazon

The Hairy Bikers' 12 Days of Christmas

“The Hairy Bikers' mulled wine really is best ever IMO – the house smells like a German Christmas market.”

“I made mincemeat from the Hairy Bikers' cookbook once, that was amazing! So boozy, though. Not one for the kids.”

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The Kitchen Diaries II - Nigel Slater

From £15.24, Amazon

The Kitchen Diaries II - Nigel Slater

“I dream of the Nigel Slater ham in the lead up to Christmas. It is currently on the hob!”

“Nigel Slater's mincemeat cheesecake – no one likes Christmas pud and this is delicious!”

“Nigel is a GOD and his food philosophy is exactly the way I approach food… all his recipes work, they are tasty, photography is divine and I could read Kitchen Diaries all night…”

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All prices correct at time of publication