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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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Simply wonderful!

A lovely Christmassy listen read by Nigel Slater and his passion for food and life

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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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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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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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A food lovers perfect winter book.

There is no doubt in my mind that Nigel Slater is truly a master at allowing you, through his words, to experience his food before ever having cooked it yourself yet. And, after you have tried a recipe or two you are on a whole other level of pure 100% 'real food'. A masterpiece in food writing that everyone should read.

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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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A softly sparkling Hygge delight

Nigel Slater evokes a magical, frosted world of Christmas tradition. With references to folklore and fairytales, recipes and recommendations for Christmas markets and stores, you are transported to a gentler world of candlelight and jewel-bright treats. I have a copy of the beautiful hardback book, but sometimes it's preferable to close your eyes and allow yourself to be transported to another time and place.
A comfort reading/listening treat indeed.

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Lovely Christmassy read

I love this book, it’s a joy and so beautifully read by the author. Full of stories that made me feel I was there with him touring the Christlindl Markt, icing the Christmas cake, just enjoying winter and so many more.