This beautiful book by Lucy Brazier and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was published in mid-October, and I’ve been slowly dipping in and out, more so as Christmas draws closer.
It’s a great book, with so many good – and useful – ideas, going way beyond recipes. It managed to get me in the festive spirit.
Topping my 'to-cook' list is a recipe for spice-laced, star-shaped lebkuchen, which I remember from my childhood Christmases. Christmas Eve was always spent with my best friend's family, who were born and brought up in Germany, gorging on these biscuits and sneaking more mulled wine from the Feuerzangenbowle than was really advisable for a ten-year-old.
Other recipes on my cook list: spelt digestives to go with the piles of cheese I intend to eat, and Twelfth Night cake, which I'll actually eat on Boxing Day (don't tell anyone).
For anyone looking for a good book for someone on your list, I can recommend this one.
Out now, published by Bloomsbury.