This book is best described as a warm embrace in written form. It is pure escapism and comfort, nestled deep amongst hearty suppers and beautiful festive bakes. Given the chaos and challenges our world is facing, opening the pages of this book each evening felt like a blessed pause on real life.
I have always loved Nigel Slater’s evocative and meandering food writing, but The Christmas Chronicles is now a firm favourite. Half-diary, half-recipe book, he potters domestically through November and December in preparation for the festive season. Throughout, he gently but continually reminds us of the enormous emotional and social value of food; its ability to nourish, spread joy and create connection.
This book would be the perfect gift for foodies and avid readers alike, but my recommendation would also be to buy it as an early Christmas gift for yourself. Written in short chapters (ideal for busy/tired mamas!), dotted with useful festive tips and delicious recipes (perhaps even more useful before Christmas arrives), and a thing of beauty in itself, this may just be the perfect pick-me-up you need during the long wintery evenings that lie ahead.