11 Best Christmas Cookbooks of All Time to Buy for Friends and Family

Discover culinary joy with the top 11 Christmas cookbooks for 2024. Perfect gifts for loved ones. Elevate holiday feasts with timeless recipes.
Welcome to an insightful journey through the '11 Best Christmas Cookbooks of All Time,' written by Muhiuddin Alam on the book recommendations and reviews site, ReadingAndThinking.com.

Over the years as a leading authority on literary expertise, I've created numerous articles on the topics of Best Cookbooks, many of which can be found on this site. I'm also a regular contributor to other websites and publications.

I have received many requests to recommend some of the best Christmas cookbooks in 2024. In response, I'm pleased to offer my expert recommendations in this article.

I will recommend the best Christmas cookbooks of all time in this post, which is based on my in-depth study and extensive research in this field. Some notable recommendations include here: Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies, A Simply Delicious Irish Christmas, and Cooking with Nonna.

These aren't the only books on this topic. Below, you'll find 10 books with detailed descriptions of each of these outstanding resources, helping you make well-informed decisions in your Christmas cookbook journey.

So, when I suggest these books, it's because I've read a lot and want to share the best ones with you. I'm all about making your reading experience awesome. Trust in a guide deeply immersed in the literary books and stories. I love books just like you do!

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Top 11 Best Christmas Cookbooks of All Time

Top cookbooks for Christmas some of them are new some of them are old and I have learned how to cook at home more and I think that's really exciting. 

As we all know, Christmas is a celebration of the coming of the Holy Child Jesus Christ and it is one of the most important festivals in Western Christianity. The custom of Christmas dinner can be traced back to ancient Rome. 

At that time, people used a week-long sacrificial meal from December 17 to feast on the God of Saturn, the ruler of the earth. Later, the Roman church of Nikel changed the annual "Feast of the Sacrament of Sacrament" to Christmas.

1. Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies 


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The Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies by Irma S. Rombauer, Ethan Becker, Marion Rombauer Becker: The Joy of Cooking grows with the times has a full roster of American and foreign dishes such as strudel, zabaglione, rijsttafel, and couscous, among many others. 

All the classic terms found on menus, such as Provençale, bonne femme, meuniére, and Florentine are not merely defined but fully explained so that readers can easily concoct the dish in their own homes.

In this edition, readers learn:
  • Exactly what simmering, blanching, roasting, and braising does
  • In what amounts herbs, spices, and seasonings should be added to recipes
  • How to present food correctly
  • How to prepare ingredients with classic tools and techniques
  • How to safely preserve the results of your canning and freezing
With more than 4,500 recipes and 1,000 easy-to-follow illustrations, The Joy of Cooking is a must for every American kitchen.

This book is known as one of the oldest popular classic cookbooks in modern America. It has a history of nearly eighty years since the first edition in the 1930s and incorporates the cooking wisdom of many famous American chefs from World War II to the present.

A good cookbook not only has a very interesting recipe for the menu, but the most important thing is to tell a story. Stories, whether in the fields of news, novels, design, or drama, are the most fascinating elements. A good recipe book also tells stories. It should tell us about people’s lives and tell us the diet of certain people in a certain period of history. Features. 

It is necessary to reveal the opinions of different social strata, tell us what different social classes have different tastes in diet, and it is best to show people's wisdom and prejudice. Interesting eating is a whole process, from the quirks of intellectuals to hedonism for pleasure, from culture to science, and finally good writing.



2. A Simply Delicious Irish Christmas 


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A Simply Delicious Irish Christmas by Darina Allen: Christmas too often is a complex combination of activity and frustration, yet it should be a reflective time for families, feasting, and fun. Here, the author provides recipes for delicious Irish dishes and helpful hints on reducing holiday stress. 

The recipes are kept simple to minimize preparation time. Many dishes, such as St. Stephen's Day Pie, even may be cooked ahead of time and frozen, or at least be kept a week or longer without the need for freezing, White Christmas Cake. 

Just by doing this, anyone may instantly reduce the anxiety that accompanies last-minute cooking and enjoy an authentic Irish Christmas dinner as well.



3. Cooking with Nonna 


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Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers by Rossella Rago: Learn to cook traditional Italian food for every holiday of the year with Rossella Rago and her Italian nonna in Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays. They're back! Rossella Rago and her adorable Nonna Romana have returned with Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays, a traditional cookbook no Italian kitchen should be without. 

This Italian cookbook is a culinary treasury, jam-packed with over 125 classic holiday recipes for Italian food lovers, including classic holiday recipes like Struffoli, Christmas Fish, Manicotti, Cannelloni, Cannoli Cheesecake, and more. With advice from nonnas all over the country, this unique book covers holiday classics from every region of Italy, from Milan to Sicily, and includes holiday memories from the nonnas themselves. 

The nonnas also give their personal tips on cooking for a crowd (and it's always a crowd). And, of course, no new Cooking with Nonna cookbook would be complete without Rossella's signature dishes and unique voice. Rosella and her nonnas will have you enjoying Italian culinary delights around the year. 

In addition to the major holidays of Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, you will find recipes for New Year's Eve and Day, the Epiphany, Little Easter, St. Joseph's Day, Carnevale, All Souls Day, Valentine's Day, Women's Day, Mother's Day, and Saint Rocco's Feast. 

To complete your year-round Italian tasting tour, recipes for weddings and other celebrations are included. Nothing brings the family together like delicious food around the holidays, and Cooking with Nonna: A Year of Italian Holidays has everything you need to keep your family full and happy every holiday of the year. Bring the dishes and the memories you grew up with to a whole new generation of Italian Americans!



4. The Eve of Seven Fishes 


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The Eve of Seven Fishes: Christmas Cooking In The Peasant Tradition by Robert Germano: The recipes, stories, and history in The Eve of Seven Fishes will take you back to the simple days of your youth, from opening Christmas presents after enjoying the mouthwatering meal of anchovy spaghetti, fried smelts, and Baccala, to savoring the smell of garlic and the company of Uncle Tony and Cousin Vinnie.

Author Robert A. Germano entices your taste buds with his delectably authentic Italian recipes from the Old Country. With recipes centered around the simple Italian meal prepared on Christmas Eve, you'll savor the flavor of garlic and basil in Germano's homemade spaghetti sauce and learn how to make true Italian biscotti.

The kitchen was the heart of the Italian home. Not only was it a place to cook, but it was also the entertainment area for gossip, arguments, solving riddles, and more laughter than your cheeks could endure.

The Eve of Seven Fishes invites you into Germano's kitchen and introduces you to the peasant cooking of years gone by. But remember, Too many wines spoil the cook.



5. Cooking with the Grinch (Dr. Seuss)


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Cooking with the Grinch (Dr. Seuss) by Tish Rabe: The Dr. Seuss holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas is soon to be a major motion picture from Illumination Presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch—in theaters November 9, 2018!   

Grow your heart three sizes and get in on all of the Grinch excitement with this story for beginning readers! The Grinch and Cindy-Lou both like to bake, but who will eat the treat they make? Could it be . . .

Max the dog? This simple rhymed holiday story is perfect for the very youngest readers. Dr. Seuss’s fans will be delighted by this sweet doggie tale featuring one of his most iconic characters!   

Step 1 Readers feature big types and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.



6. Delia's Happy Christmas 


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Delia's Happy Christmas by Delia Smith: Delia has long been the person we turn to for stress-free Christmas celebrations. This year, she celebrates 40 years of writing recipes and brings you Delia's Happy Christmas definitive guide to all aspects of cooking for Christmas. 

This cookbook will help you to plan your Christmas festivities to the very last culinary detail, acting as an invaluable Christmas organizer from reminding you to make your Christmas pudding and chutneys in November to giving you a crucial countdown for the Last 36 Hours. 

Delia's Happy Christmas will give you 150 recipes, including 100 new recipes and 50 much-loved classics, plus menu plans and shopping lists, illustrated with glorious full-color photography. 

There are recipes for all your favorite traditional dishes-Delia's Classic Christmas Cake recipe has been in print for over 40 years and has never been bettered, but Delia has also created Chestnut Cupcakes recipes to satisfy modern tastes. 

Of course, there is Delia's foolproof recipe for a Traditional Roast Turkey and all the trimmings, and The Only Traditional Christmas Pudding as well as ideas for parties, boxing-day suppers, vegetarian feasts, and what to do with leftovers. 

Everyone needs Delia at Christmas. vegetarian feasts and what to do with leftovers. The organization is the key to success. If you follow Delia's Christmas calendar, you will be sure to create a very special Christmas. And even if you don't, there is always Delia's The Last-Minute Christmas – a chapter for those who leave things to the eleventh hour. 



7. Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook


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Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook: Easy Appetizers • Festive Cocktails • Make-Ahead Brunches • Christmas Dinners • Food Gifts by Betty Crocker 

The spectacular all-in-one guide to Christmas cooking, decorating, and entertaining Perfect for all kinds of Christmas inspiration, Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook gives you everything you need to make the holiday sparkle-tasty recipes, entertaining essentials, decorating tips, and creative gift-giving ideas. 

Packed with hundreds of recipes for traditional dishes and creative new flavors, this comprehensive Christmas cookbook is chock full of great ideas. Special features help you tackle standards like roast turkey, while tips on decorating make the season bright. 

There is even a complete chapter on edible gifts_from cookies and candies to hot chocolate and jam. Features 250 recipes for appetizers, main dishes, bread, desserts, candies, and more Lavishly illustrated with gorgeous full-color photography throughout Includes a helpful Holiday Survival Guide and Holiday Countdown Calendar that help take the stress out of Christmas planning From decking the halls to gathering around the table for a beautiful Christmas dinner, the Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook will help make every Christmas spectacular.



8. Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook


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Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook: For the Best Christmas Ever by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook is packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food, and new ways to love those leftovers.

It's everything you need for the best Christmas ever.

Inside you'll find all the classics as well as tasty alternatives, including salmon pate, apple, and squash soup; roast turkey, goose, and venison; nut roast and baked squash; best roasties, baked mash, parsnips, glazed carrots, four ways to do sprouts; gravies and cranberry sauce, meat, and vegetarian stuffings; turkey risotto; Christmas trifles, pavlova; chocolate logs, Christmas cake, mince pies, gingerbread, baked camembert, smoked salmon blinis, hot buttered rum, and many, many more delicious recipes.

"I've got all the bases covered with everything you need for the big day and any feasting meals over the festive period, as well as party fare, edible gifts, teatime treats, cocktails, and of course, exciting ways to embrace and celebrate those leftovers. 

You'll also find all the deeply important technical info you need, such as cooking charts, and wherever possible, I've designed the recipes to be cooked at the same oven temperature, so you can be efficient with time and oven space, and it'll be super-easy for you to mix and match the different elements and build your own perfect Christmas meal.

I haven't held back. This book is the greatest hits, all wrapped up in one Christmas parcel, and I hope you have fun looking through, picking your recipes, and building your own plan."-- Jamie Oliver.



9. Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook



New, from Barbour's best-selling author of fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, is the must-have cookbook of the season. Her Amish Friends Cookbook collection is a treasure trove of recipes and interesting facts from the heart of Amish country. 

With recipes divided into sections including bread and rolls, desserts, main dishes, sides, jams, and jellies-and more -you'll find only the best of home cooking between the pages of this delightful book. 

As an added bonus, you'll find featured facts about Amish life preceding each section of mouth-watering recipes. Topped off by one amazing package and an even more amazing price, cooks of all ages will have a hard time passing this one up.



10. Anyone Can Bake 


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Anyone Can Bake by Better Homes and Gardens: This is the fastest and easiest way to turn anyone into a great baker. Amaze your friends with your newfound (and very impressive) baking skills. "Anyone Can Bake" shows you step-by-step how to bake with more than 500 easy-to-follow recipes. 

With loads of helpful photos to guide you visually through the tricky steps and useful tips that answer basic baking questions, you'll be whipping up all kinds of cakes, cookies, pies, and other tasty treats before you know it. 

Highlights include hundreds of traditional and modern recipes, from Classic Apple Pie to Triple Chocolate Cookies to Baby Lava Cakes; more than 500 full-color photos to guide you through the key steps, like rolling cookie dough or folding egg whites; a helpful 'Ask Mom' feature at the bottom of every recipe that clearly answers common baking questions, like 'What if I don't have a rolling pin?'; and, recipes that use easy-to-find ingredients, standard kitchen equipment, and simple techniques anyone can master. 

If you love the enticing smell of baking and could use a helping hand in the kitchen, you'll find everything you need in this friendly baking companion. Just pick out a great-looking recipe, roll up your sleeves, and you're on your way to demonstrating that anyone can bake.



11. All-Time Best Holiday Entertaining 


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All-Time Best Holiday Entertaining by America's Test Kitchen: Celebrations call for meals that impress, and with thousands of meticulously tested recipes to our name, the experts at Cook's Illustrated are no strangers to pulling off a great holiday feast. 

In this timeless collection, we have gathered 75 spectacular, foolproof recipes from over 20 years of testing to help you confidently pull off a holiday meal to remember.

Chapters devoted to each course (Starters, Centerpieces, Shareable Sides, and Sweet Endings) make planning easy, whether you're feasting with extended family, hosting a small-scale celebration, or simply bringing along a standout dish. 

Reimaging the Thanksgiving table? Find that new go-to side, such as Roasted Cauliflower Gratin or Wild Rice Pilaf with Pecans and Cranberries. Baking Christmas cookies or other treats for gift-giving? You'll find the perfect cookie recipes (butter and gingerbread) as well as a foolproof method for producing luscious Chocolate Truffles. 

Hosting an intimate New Year's Eve dinner? Our showstopper recipes, whether a Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake, Italian-style Porchetta, or Boneless Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding, guarantee success. Invite Cook's Illustrated to your holiday table this year and watch new traditions take root.

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