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The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, stories and 100 essential recipes for midwinter

Narrated by: Nigel Slater
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

From the BBC1 presenter and best-selling author of Eat, The Kitchen Diaries and Toast comes a new audiobook featuring everything you need for the winter solstice.

The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel Slater's love for winter, for the scent of fir and spruce, for 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 the first of 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 buildup, 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 Comté 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, folk tales, myths and memoir and all told in Nigel's warm and intimate signature style, The Christmas Chronicles is the only audiobook you'll ever need for winter.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2017 Nigel Slater (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Nigel is a bloody genius." (Jamie Oliver)
"The greatest cookery writer of them all." ( The Guardian)
"The pick of the bunch...bubbling with ideas, suggestions, hints and personal opinions that genuinely help you to make your own mind up about how and what to cook." ( The Times)

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made me appreciate the joys and beauty of winter

loved listening to this while trudging around the city in the cold. made me appreciate the beauty of winter around me, inspired me to cook some very delicious food and was a true pleasure all around! what a great discovery!!!

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Superb

Once again Nigel Slater triumphs .
A delicious absorbing listen .
I found extra reasons to go out in my car so that I could luxuriate in listening to each pages over and over again .
It's like sitting with a dear friend sharing memories and a few grumps among the charming shopping in markets and warm kitchen cookery , even before actually eating a single morsel ..
One thing though , A166 page PDF , No Index !
how can I locate my favorite recipes ?

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Finished and immediately restarted.

A publication that, at times can make you shed a tear of utter joy as you become part of the narrative in your heart.

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Delightful pre Christmas reading

Nigels voice is so therapeutic his stories so interesting I loved every minute of it.

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Unbelievable

Put me to bed every night and overall a great way to think about Christmas through food

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A wonderful book brilliantly told!

A truly heart warming and comforting book. Wonderful stories and traditions around Christmas with truly mouthwatering dishes. Nigel tells the story rather than reads a book. It sometimes transports you into his house and you imagine he cooks and serves food for you. This book will be listened by me time and time again. Absolutely brilliant !!

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One of the best audiobooks I've ever read!

Nigel's food writing and narration were absolutely sublime. I cherished every minute of this audiobook and will definitely listen to it on repeat throughout the holiday season.

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A love letter to the cold months

A deliciously evocative ode to winter, especially Christmas, with the ever-charming Mr Slater, whose life I would dearly like to steal

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Wonderful welcome to the Winter season

Makes you feel cosy and appreciative of the season to come. Some fabulous recipe ideas, advice from Nigel himself and tips.

Makes you want to try many of the activities he talks about (strolling German Christmas markets, making marmalade). Highly recommend.

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Perfect christmas listen

I thought this was the perfect christmas listen. In his usual style he really evokes the sounds, smells and feelings of winter. Much more than just a recipe book.