Chefs host Christmas too A cook's guide to blitzing the holiday season

Darren Purchese

Book - 2018

With Chefs Host Christmas Too there's no need to be stressed about Christmas - at least not when it comes to hosting and feasting. It's time to play with Christmas - and we don't mean having a starring role in a pageant, but being the star of your own show. The approach here is fresh, fun, lighthearted and accessible, with an enticing and cleverly put-together line up of Christmas greats, and new twists on how to prepare them.--Provided by publisher.

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Richmond, Victoria : Hardie Grant Books 2018.
Main Author
Darren Purchese (author)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xiii, 177 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm
  • Introduction
  • Sample menus
  • Chef's little helpers
  • Drinks
  • Snack ± starters
  • Sides (± salads)
  • Showstoppers
  • Desserts ± cheese
  • Sweet treats ± gifts
  • Remains of the day.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Purchese (Chefs Eat Breakfast Too), a guest judge on MasterChef Australia, provides an enticing collection of recipes that will put even the most apprehensive Christmas hosts at ease. His vibrant personality adds humor and motivation: for example, he introduces his salad of cucumber, zucchini, fennel, and goat's curd as "something healthy and refreshing to help balance all that naughtiness." Purchese includes helpful tips in such recipes as mulled wine (he suggests swapping the wine for apple juice for a nonalcoholic version), Beef Wellington (which, he advises, can be prepped a day ahead), and Christmas trifle (he prefers cherries but encourages using whatever fruits readers prefer). Recipes for fun edible gifts include hedgehog, "a classic Aussie chocolate-based biscuit slice" with nuts and dried cranberries; strawberry and mint white chocolate rubble (a version of chocolate bark); and gingerbread cookies. Purchese concludes with creative ideas for Christmas leftovers, such as transforming slices of Christmas pudding into French toast and using leftover cheese to create a cheese board pasta bake. This is a great guide for anxious hosts looking for guidance and inspiration in making a memorable holiday feast. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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