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Martha Stewart's Christmas: Entertaining, Decorating, Giving [Hardcover]

Martha Stewart
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Sept. 30 1989
A series of ideas on decorating, entertaining, creating and wrapping gifts.
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Martha Stewart's Christmas remains a classic cooking and decorating guide for the Christmas season. The book can be viewed as an elaborate timeline for preparing for December 25--indeed, Martha claims the book was written and photographed in "real time" from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Along the way, Martha teaches you how to make plum pudding, 24 different types of cookies, and a holiday party menu featuring cassoulet for 100. For Christmas Day dinner, a towering croquembouche is perhaps the finest culinary feature of the menu, which features roast ducklings with wild rice, chestnut, and cranberry dressing. Martha also provides tips on decorating trees, making ornaments, gift-wrapping papers, and making beautiful wreaths and topiaries. There's even advice on making up gift baskets of the cookies, conserves, and puddings that you've created yourself. Martha herself admits that "it's true, we did get carried away"--she creates an elaborate gingerbread mansion--but most of the recipes and crafts are easy to follow and produce great results. Martha Stewart's Christmas is a real gift. C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Something for every ability and interest level Dec 9 2001
Yesterday I made Noel Nut Balls and the chocolate-dipped almond cookies for the fifth or sixth Christmas in a row, and chances are I'll make several of the other recipes before the end of the holidays. The cookie recipes are easy to follow, guaranteed to please and the cookies themselves can be frozen for weeks without any change in texture, appearance or flavor. However, I can't imagine many busy people whipping up the cassoulet or even the fruitcake unless they are experienced cooks who can confidently evaluate and execute rather expensive (in terms of ingredients) recipes.
The craft and gift ideas run the range from easy and very rewarding (such as making your own wrapping paper, which turns out to be a great activity to do with children-- and those gold and coppery designs look sensational under the tree) to the fantastical...like using a jeweller's drill to make holes in nuts for decorative purposes. Still, this is a book full of ideas for holiday activities and creations for people with the full range of abilities and available time and it really is enjoyable to read and to look through.
I am buying a second copy because the first has literally fallen apart. This is the second Martha Stewart book to have broken into pieces (Entertaining did, as well) and I do question the quality of binding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Martha Stewart book March 29 2009
Mine is the 1989 first edition - I have had this for a long time, since before I became a trained cook. Just looking at the cover gives me the christmas warm fuzzies!

Martha is very warm and personal in her early books, and this is one of the cheeriest, even including pictures from the christmas party in her home. I have made many of these recipes, and they have all turned out good, from popcorn balls and lip-smacking condiments to crisp pickles and delicious cookies. I had always wanted to bake a gingerbread house, so for my first I built her Gingerbread Mansion, which is very clearly explained; I made one of my own design every winter after that for years, inspired by Martha.

I guess this is my favorite Martha Stewart book (her "Pies and Tarts" book is another that I return to), as every year I return to it for one of her good classic recipes; "Martha Stewart's Christmas" is a definitely a great baker for a home baker or professional. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful christmas book! Dec 16 2002
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I can see this book is not new. It is to me, and I find is very inpirational! I use it every year for Christmas, for getting the house ready, for baking, for decorating and setting the tables, for ideas on how to use my plates, bowls and dishes in different ways, for altering things I already own into new settings -
I do own a few of her C-mas books, this is by far the best one. If you celebrate this holiday - or just want to arrange a beautiful winter feast, you will not be sorry to own this book!(I use it as gifts for friends, and have already bought three..)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book Feb. 18 2002
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I loved the 'feel' of this book, very festive. The presentation is beautiful.
What disappointed me a little was that there was no pattern for the gingerbread mansion that was featured in the book, which was the main reason I bought it. It's a little too easy for me to just be told to 'use your imagination' and 'the possibilities are endless'. I expected more!
Other than that, it is a very nice addition to my book collection with timeless ideas and inspirations, or just to browse through when christmas season comes around.
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