The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater

The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes for Winter by Nigel Slater tells the story of the author's love for winter. 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.

I live for winter, well actually fall and winter. Winter's gray skies, cool temperatures, falling leaves, flames dancing in the fireplace and blowing whirlpools of snowflakes filling the sky - winter rocks. Winter is cozy and that is what Nigel Slater's The Christmas Chronicles feels like. Nigel brilliantly comforts us with the warmth of food, stories and a sense of belonging to something much bigger than ourselves giving us hope that all will be right in the world. 

Taking you from the first of November all the way to the end of January, this book covers everything from Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year to Epiphany. Nigel offers over 100 recipes to see us through the build-up, the celebrations and the aftermath. Here are much-loved classics as well as new dishes that will become classics. Packed with feasts, folktales, myths and memoir, The Christmas Chronicles is a book you definitely need this season.

Our  takes you inside this book with the following 


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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • tennyogirl  on  10/31/2018 at 6:04 PM

    Pears, clove and orange granita

  • verorenee  on  10/31/2018 at 6:13 PM

    orange poppy seed cake

  • bopper  on  10/31/2018 at 6:54 PM

    I`d try the Gnudi first of all

  • DJM  on  10/31/2018 at 7:11 PM

    Toasted mincemeat sandwich.

  • jmay42066  on  10/31/2018 at 7:57 PM

    Seeded cheese biscuits

  • mpdeb98  on  10/31/2018 at 8:31 PM

    Wholemeal apple cake, spiced frosting

  • milgwimper  on  10/31/2018 at 8:33 PM

    Toasted mincemeat sandwiches, intrigues me so much!

  • ravensfan  on  10/31/2018 at 8:38 PM

    Leeks, beans and Italian sausage

  • Puguppy  on  10/31/2018 at 8:47 PM

    Christmas tarts

  • lpatterson412  on  10/31/2018 at 9:37 PM

    Orange poppy seed cake

  • rchesser  on  10/31/2018 at 9:46 PM

    The Christmas Tarts.

  • lapsapchung  on  11/1/2018 at 2:11 AM

    Pot roast partridge with parsnips and smoked garlic

  • steph_l1979  on  11/1/2018 at 3:01 AM

    I would like to try Hot-smoked salmon, potatoes and dill.

  • tomroper  on  11/1/2018 at 4:48 AM

    The Seville orange and pomegranate marmalade; the January 2018 marmalade has run out and I’m desperate!

  • vickster  on  11/1/2018 at 6:39 AM

    Dried fig and marsala tart

  • JRumi  on  11/1/2018 at 6:58 AM

    Braised brisket with porcini and onion gravy

  • kmn4  on  11/1/2018 at 10:10 AM

    Quince and cardamom mincemeat (without suet)

  • haxel  on  11/1/2018 at 10:22 AM

    I'd love to try the Pears, clove and orange granita.

  • ndyson  on  11/1/2018 at 11:47 AM

    The classic brandy mincemeat!

  • etcjm  on  11/1/2018 at 1:04 PM

    Roast duck pearl barley and red cabbage

  • Ledlund  on  11/1/2018 at 1:07 PM

    The gnudi for sure!

  • merkusje  on  11/1/2018 at 1:54 PM

    Roast lamb with coriander seeds and rosemary

  • Lindsey_M  on  11/1/2018 at 4:44 PM

    They all sound marvelous. I suppose that I will plump for the duck.

  • lgroom  on  11/1/2018 at 8:24 PM

    Orange poppyseed cake

  • cecrofts  on  11/1/2018 at 10:42 PM

    Cranberry butterscotch pudding! 😋

  • melmaren  on  11/2/2018 at 10:36 AM

    Hot-smoked salmon, potatoes and dill sounds like something I'd like to try.

  • jifar  on  11/2/2018 at 2:10 PM

    Olives, Lemons and Za'atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking; my quince tree produced several ripe quinces this year, yeah!

  • jifar  on  11/2/2018 at 2:21 PM

    (Try posting again) The Quince & Cardamom mincemeat; my quince tree produced several ripe quinces this year. Apologies for earlier post error.

  • sarahawker  on  11/2/2018 at 2:52 PM

    Orange poppy seed cake

  • Dannausc  on  11/2/2018 at 4:25 PM

    Mashed swede

  • Sladea86  on  11/2/2018 at 6:19 PM

    Dried fig and Marsala tart for me

  • t.t  on  11/2/2018 at 11:53 PM

    Aubergine with lentils and basil

  • Sladea86  on  11/3/2018 at 1:14 AM

    Mushroom and Marsala gravy

  • MiMi60  on  11/3/2018 at 10:05 PM

    Fig, maple syrup and Marsala ice cream

  • eatysmith  on  11/4/2018 at 4:56 PM

    Oxtail with butter beans and sherry!

  • kelliwinter  on  11/4/2018 at 9:45 PM

    Pork, miso and pickled pears (

  • EmilyR  on  11/4/2018 at 10:44 PM

    Lebkuchen chocolate cream

  • debbiehb  on  11/6/2018 at 12:16 PM

    Banana cardamom cake

  • LaurenE  on  11/8/2018 at 6:13 PM

    Seeded cheese biscuits

  • Lkitchings  on  11/9/2018 at 9:19 PM

    Roast lamb with coriander seeds and rosemary

  • jamston  on  11/11/2018 at 9:10 AM

    My Christmas cake

  • Siegal  on  11/12/2018 at 6:47 AM

    I never made Christmas cake

  • dbielick  on  11/13/2018 at 7:30 AM

    Hot-smoked salmon, potatoes and dill

  • choppergirl  on  11/13/2018 at 5:37 PM

    Orange poppyseed cake

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/20/2018 at 4:00 AM

    Roast lamb with coriander seeds and rosemary

  • Jenamarie  on  11/23/2018 at 5:59 PM

    Jerusalem artichoke and Brussels sprout fritters - I LOVE jerusalem artichokes and am always looking for recipes for them.

  • silversand  on  11/25/2018 at 6:15 AM

    Seeded cheese biscuits

  • Kinhawaii  on  12/1/2018 at 5:24 PM

    Dried fig & Marsala tart!

  • camerashy131  on  12/2/2018 at 10:57 AM

    Baked apple mascarpone fool

  • jemans  on  12/5/2018 at 9:45 PM

    The Christmas tarts would be first - I've got the holiday fever!

  • RickPearson54  on  12/7/2018 at 10:43 AM


  • English_Daisy  on  12/7/2018 at 6:59 PM

    I love Nigel slater - is like to try making his Christmas cake first. I e always made Nigella Lawson’s so it’s be interesting to do a comparison

  • AlexH  on  12/7/2018 at 8:58 PM

    Christmas pudding!

  • terje  on  12/7/2018 at 9:33 PM

    Aubergine with lentils and basil

  • EVC  on  12/8/2018 at 4:21 AM

    Orange poppy seed cake.

  • curlyclaire  on  12/8/2018 at 9:49 AM

    Leeks, beans and Italian sausage

  • eggplantolive  on  12/8/2018 at 10:13 AM

    orange poppy seed cake and aubergine with lentils and basil

  • JuliFarkas  on  12/8/2018 at 10:34 AM

    Leeks, beans and Italy an sausage

  • beanwean  on  12/8/2018 at 11:51 AM

    I would make the leeks, beans, and Italian sausage recipe first! Then on to the cocktails!

  • gpolkes  on  12/8/2018 at 2:41 PM

    A hot apple drink for a cold night! Perfect for uni in the north of England, along with many of the other recipes

  • sequoia55  on  12/9/2018 at 1:07 AM

    Braised brisket with porcini and onion gravy

  • ktwalla  on  12/9/2018 at 10:47 AM

    Marmalade Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Shana.  on  12/9/2018 at 6:52 PM

    Orange poppy seed cake!

  • BMeyer  on  12/9/2018 at 8:09 PM

    pear clove and almond granita

  • orchidlady01  on  12/11/2018 at 6:06 PM

    Lebkuchen chocolate cream

  • Sfgordon  on  12/14/2018 at 12:01 PM

    I'd try the Cauliflower and leek soup with toasted cheese

  • dtremit  on  12/15/2018 at 12:02 PM

    Potato and feta pancakes!

  • jason0389  on  12/18/2018 at 9:25 PM

    Watercress and avocado pesto

  • Amdona  on  12/19/2018 at 12:57 PM

    Orange poppy seed cake

  • Karla123  on  12/19/2018 at 4:37 PM

    Cranberry Focaccia....I love to make homemade bread, and this recipe sounds lovely for Christmas.

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