Book Review: Southern Living Big Book of Christmas
Title: Southern Living Big Book of Christmas
Author: Editors of Southern Living Magazine
Genre: Crafts, Decorating
Amazon rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by: Nancy E. Miller
This complete guide for the biggest holiday of the year inspires and delights with fresh ideas for cooking, baking, entertaining, and decorating, including:
• More than 340 kitchen-tested recipes
• 18 complete menus, perfect for any time of the year
• Nearly 400 full-color photos
• Over 100 seasonal how-tos and decorating ideas
I’m a southern gal, born and bred. So when I found the Southern Living Big Book of Christmas, I grabbed it. Southern Living magazine is known for its dynamic photography, decorating help, and, oh yes, the recipes. This book delivers on all three aspects.
The first 84 pages are filled with visuals of Christmas entertaining. I would say ‘as only the South can’ but I’m sure every part of the country has wonderful decorating traditions. Even if you can’t afford a two hundred dollar floral display, you can take the idea, head to your nearest craft or thrift store and whip up your own version.
We went a little crazy with decorating this year. I guess I’ll need to buy more storage totes. Get on the mailing/email list for the craft stores and watch the sales. You can get great bargains right after Thanksgiving on home décor.
Oh my, the recipes. The largest part of this book is dealing with food. Sumptuous, delicious, I’ve already tried some and have so many more marked to fix next. Okay, so some of them are a bit on the naughty side. It’s Christmas. First of the year will bring out all the magazines to help you lose the few extra pounds.
I’m not saying you can’t find healthy dishes. There are so many to choose from like Warm Bean Salad with Olives or Fresh Pork Sausage Patties. The latter is delish by the way. Making your own means you know exactly what goes in it. Feel free to tweak it to your own tastes.
Then a section on Gifts from the Heart. I love to give food gifts. Yummy sweets, soup mixes, brittles, I’ve made them all and each year I look for the new and different. This book did not fail me.
Following up are recipes for after the great Christmas feast. You know, when the fridge is busting with leftovers and so are you.
I love this book and the kicker is that, since it was written in 2010, you can get new and used copies at a ridiculously low price on Amazon. You aren’t going to get it any better.[bctt tweet=”This book did not fail me. #bookreview #amreading” username=”OurWriteSide”]