Synopses & Reviews
The Williams-Sonoma series has revolutionized kitchens and cookbooks with its delectable recipes and sumptuous photography. From culinary classics to concoctions sure to impress any dinner guest, these volumes provide everything home cooks need--including basic techniques, a glossary, an extensive index, and illustrated sidebars. With its fresh editorial concept, thorough research, award-winning contributors, and superior photographic standards, the Williams-Sonoma Collection is a kitchen library favorite. Joining the Williams-Sonoma series is "Cake, with recipes for Birthday Cake and Devil's Food Cake, Espresso Pound Cake with Lemon Zest and Almost Flourless Chocolate Torte, cakes for each season, as well as a chapter devoted to decoration. "Cookies brings Chocolate Chip Cookies and Lemon Bars, Brownies and Nutty Butter Balls, Ruby Jewels and Cigarette Russes, as well as tips on decorating with any type of confection. "Christmas offers treats for everything from soups to nuts, including Crab Bisque and Red Oakleaf Frisee Salad, Standing Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding, Gratineed Leeks and Greamed Spinach, English Trifle, and special holiday breakfasts and drinks. Finally, "Muffins serves up classics like Blueberry and Bana-walnut Muffins alongside such innovations as Jalapeno-Cornmeal Muffins and Muffins Florentine, as well as delicious recipes for muffin-like coffee cakes and quick loaf breads.
A roast goose with chestnut stuffing embodies the winter holidays as much as snow-dusted fir trees and brightly wrapped packages. Whether your tradition includes Yorkshire pudding or potatoe latkes, elegant poached pears or frosted holiday cookies, a festive meal is an essential part of celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year's Eve with friends and family.
Williams-Sonoma Collection Christmas offers an array of more than 40 time-honored favorites and tempting new ideas. An impressive roast beef or savory rack of lamb will satisfy every appetitie, while a colorful wild rice pilaf or crisp salad with persimmons adds freshness and color to any table. Start your holiday morning with panettone French toast, or for an open house, tempt guests with mulled wine and chocolate truffles. No matter what the event, the recipes in these pages will make your holiday menu a success.
Full-color photographs of each dish help you decide which one to prepare, and each recipe is accompanied by a photographic side note that highlights an essential ingredient or technique. In addition, a comprehensive basics section offers valuable tips on baking, roasting, and planning ahead, so you can more easily share joyful holiday meals with your loved ones.
About the Author
Carolyn Miller is a writier and book editor based in San Francisco. She is the author of The Christmas Table: A Holiday Menu Cookbook and coauthor of Savoring San Francisco: Recipes from the City's Neighborhood Restaurants. Her writing has also been featured in many cookbooks, including Salt and Pepper, Chocolate: A Sweet Indulgence, and Espresso: Culture and Cuisine. In addition, she has edited many cookbooks for publishers nationwide.