The Cookbook and Cooking Lit book group is led by Diana, VB employee, former Consumer and Family Science teacher, and avid home cook.
Join Diana from 4-5 pm the first Wednesday of most months, on Zoom to discuss a featured cookbook or cooking literature selection. Most months we focus on a particular cookbook, discussing the techniques or recipes that we have tried or would like to try. The majority of the cookbooks that we discuss are newer ones that have gotten a lot of buzz, and have been published in the past two years. Occasionally we throw in a classic cookbook, or a book of food-related fiction to mix things up. Register here to access the meeting!
Please remember that if you purchase a copy of our monthly book group selection from Village Books, you'll get our book group discount of 15%, so order your copy by following the link below and mention in the comments field that it's for book group!
Wednesday, December 2, 4:00pm
The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater
The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel Slater's love for winter, the scent of fir and spruce, ghost stories read with a glass of sloe gin, and beeswax candles with shadows dancing on the ceiling. With recipes, decorations, fables and quick fireside suppers, Nigel guides you through the essential preparations for Christmas and the New Year, with everything you need to enjoy the winter months.
Taking you from 1 November all the way to the end of January, The Christmas Chronicles covers everything from Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year to Epiphany. Throughout the season, Nigel offers over 100 recipes to see you through the build-up, the celebrations and the aftermath. Here are much-loved classics such as goose and turkey (and making the most of the leftovers), mincemeat and the cake; recipes to make the cold months bearable, like ribsticker bread pudding with Comt and Taleggio, salt crust potatoes with blue cheese and goat's curd, and hot-smoked salmon, potatoes and dill; as well as bright flavours to welcome the new year, including pink grapefruit marmalade, pear and pickled radish salad and rye, linseed and treacle bread.
Packed with feasts, folktales, myths and memoir and all told in Nigel's warm and intimate signature style, The Christmas Chronicles is the only book you'll ever need for winter.