Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook: Favorite Recipes and Holiday Traditions from My Home to Yours [NOOK Book]

Overview

We call her the "Official Storyteller of Christmas"—but Debbie Macomber is more than that. She's someone who loves the holiday and all its traditions. Now she shares more than one hundred of her favorite recipes to help you enjoy this most joyous of seasons. You'll also find easy-to-follow instructions for crafts, decorations and gift wrapping—everything you need to create a beautiful and festive holiday.

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Overview

We call her the "Official Storyteller of Christmas"—but Debbie Macomber is more than that. She's someone who loves the holiday and all its traditions. Now she shares more than one hundred of her favorite recipes to help you enjoy this most joyous of seasons. You'll also find easy-to-follow instructions for crafts, decorations and gift wrapping—everything you need to create a beautiful and festive holiday.

What makes this cookbook unique is Debbie's personal memories and observations. Join her as she reminisces about traditions past and present, and discover the craft ideas she herself uses. As she says, "The holidays are about being with others. They're about celebrating and sustaining our personal community of family and friends."

In this beautifully illustrated book, she shows you how to serve a memorable meal, whether it's a sit-down Christmas dinner for a crowd, entertaining a group of friends at an open house or tea, or spending time with your children or grandchildren baking cookies and making gifts.

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Editorial Reviews

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Filled with family traditions and scrumptious recipes, this book is sure to be a hit among Christmas lovers and fans of best-selling author Macomber ("Blossom Street" and "Cedar Cover" series). The wide-ranging recipes are easy to follow and include helpful tips on preparation and presentation, accompanied by mouthwatering photographs. Macomber starts each section with a family memory or tradition, which will hit the sweet spot for her loyal followers as well of fans of Jan Karon and the like. As to be expected in a cookbook like this, blank recipe pages are included after the index for readers to record their own family recipes and traditions. Also featured are decorating and gift ideas. Perfect for those who enjoy family Christmas traditions, gentle romance, and cookbooks featuring personal stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459213982
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Cedar Cove Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 188,762
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at DebbieMacomber.com.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt

Oh, how I love Christmas. Give me an excuse to prepare a spread for my family or invite friends to the house, and I immediately head for the kitchen and reach for my cookbooks. (I've lost count of the number I've collected through the years. Cookbooks dating back to my years as a young wife and mother, even a recipe file from my teen years. I have notes from my grandmother, as well as my mother's recipes.)

What the holidays are really about is being with others. They're about celebrating and sustaining our personal community of family and friends, giving and receiving affection, reciprocating good times—and that so often takes the form of a shared meal.

Every year, for almost as long as I've been published, I've written a book that features some aspect of Christmas. It was my love of Christmas that brought those wacky and irrepressible angels, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, to life. That goes for Mrs. Miracle, too, along with dozens of holiday-themed stories. My goal was—and is—to give you, my readers, something to take you away from the frantic activity of the Christmas season and yet ultimately reflect what it really means. To give you the gift of laughter and a few moments of respite and relaxation.

What I love most about the Christmas holidays is the traditions with family and friends. When Wayne and I were first married, we lived in western Washington State and our families lived on the other side of the Cascade Mountains. Traversing the mountain passes in the dead of winter wasn't always possible, so we had to start our own traditions.

I'll be passing on several of those Macomber family traditions in this cookbook. Take what you like and add your own unique twist. I offer them to you with a grateful heart for all you've done to support me through my publishing career.

I can say without hesitation that you're going to enjoy this cookbook. The recipes will leave you eager to get into the kitchen; the pictures are a feast for the eyes and will inspire you.

Please join me now and flip through the pages. As you read these recipes and Christmas craft suggestions, remember you'll be creating memories in your own kitchen, sharing a heritage of good eating with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    Wonderful Treat

    What a beautiful cookbook, full of bright and yummy pictures, and lot of good ideas!
    The book starts with the Introduction and then the first chapter is: Merry Morning Breakfast, delightful ideas for that special Holiday Breakfast....how about some Apple and Sharp Cheddar Scones or Overnight Sausage and Caramelized Onions Casserole, with more. Then some ideas for Christmas Tea: Winter Tomato Pie, Glazed Lemon Thins, or Cinnamon Star Sugar Cookies. Then we have Appetizers: Caesar Salad Bites, or Christmas Eve Eggnog. Christmas and Christmas Eve Dinner: Cider-Glazed Roast Turkey, Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes, Creamed Spinach and Feta Pie, and a lot more scrumptious recipes. Then everyone's favorite Christmas Desserts: Perfect Raspberry Squares, Great Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Glaze, Green Tomato Mincemeat. Then last but not least are two Chapters that sound wonderful over the holiday...Cooking With Grandma and Easy Family Dinners. Included in all the Chapters are some Christmas Crafts. I listed on a few of the enticing recipes, you have got to see this book to enjoy it all!
    This could easily become a Coffee Table book over the Holidays! Enjoy!!

    I received this book from the publisher Harelquin, and was not required to give a positive review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

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    Kiss the Cook~Stories, Crafts and Special Recipes

    The Dame's Summary of the Book in a Nutshell:

    When I went scouring my cookbook library shelves and hideouts this season, I just couldn't find the Christmas cookies and new baking ideas I wanted for a new holiday. It's the 21st century! I needed some inspiration!

    I went hunting and found "Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook." The beautiful cover jumped off the bookstore shelf! Up until now, I have to admit not being a fan of Debbie's books. I'm not into ladies groups and small town chit-chat for novels. But, boy, does she know holiday stories and making holidays special with family and friends. This is a wonderful, picture and memory-making book to fill out the old and weary cookbook shelves of any household.

    Debbie's simple, yet beautiful cookies and delicious desserts are mouthwatering. But she also includes wonderful recipes for breakfast, brunch and munchies of the savory sort. And, while you're waiting for these to bake, her stories are so much fun and so heartwarming. Her easy to follow crafts ideas are as clearly pictured as her recipes. In fact, this book is beautifully pictured. It's of the coffee table quality for Christmas.

    I enjoyed Debbie's sense of humor and the times she cherishes with her grandchildren. I'm not able to spend time with my grandchildren since they live in four different States, and pretty far away from me, so although this book was sometimes bittersweet to read, it also was a reminder of when my children were young. A time when I was a young mother, baking Christmas cookies and decorating them with my little children in a Yankee Barn in New Hampshire while snow piled up 4 ft. high on our deck...

    This is a book that will find its way into your lap when you walk away from the kitchen to sit in your favorite chair crunching on your warm baked goods. It may find its way into your lap when you have a grandchild by your side.

    I think it's a book well worth purchasing this year.

    Happy Holidays...I wish I could send each of you a tin of my holiday lemon bars!

    5 red stars

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    It's from Debbie Macomber - whats not to love?

    Great recipes and photos. I love going through this book and plan to try many of the recipes this holiday season.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    This is a must in every home for the Holidays

    Whether you're looking for old favorites or new traditions to add to your Holiday table it will be in this wonderful cookbook. It covers anything and everything you need to make a Holiday table something special from Merry Morning Breakfasts to Cooking with Grandma, Baked Gifts and Crafts plus you'll find plenty of room in the back to add your own favorites to refer to year after year.
    Inside it's hardbound pages you will also find beautifully illustrated photos and many recipes that came down from Debbie's family. At the introduction to each section Debbie will tell a special story that will bring back your own special holiday moments and memories I know they did for me. It's obvious that she put something very special of herself inside this cookbook just like what her fans expect every time they open one of her novels and she takes this one step further by putting something very personal on each of these 240 pages of treats for the palate, the eyes and the stomach. She covers everything from sweet to savory and all the in between too from table setting, place holders and gifts from the oven and from the heart.
    To share a personal note, when mine arrived in the mail my mother happened to be visiting and she was planning on spending most of the Christmas season with my sister, but upon seeing the wonderful recipes inside the book she altered her plans and will be instead staying with me, which makes me very happy.
    It makes a wonderful gift as well as a keepsake and if you want your mother to spend the holidays with you make sure you have a copy she can see, or if you happened to want her to stay, say at your sister's home instead make sure you get your sister a copy for a very early Christmas present.
    If you didn't love Debbie Macomber before you will now as she shares with us a very personal part of herself. Thank you Debbie!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 28, 2012

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    Buzze lays there, three kittens with her.

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    Posted December 25, 2012

    DEN

    Hunyers den was saggy couches and hairy rugs. The furniture is scatched. There is litterboxes in a corner. There is an overturned bin if cat toys on the coffee table. There is a small fuzzy t.v.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Holly

    Walks in locking the door to the house behind her before unlocking her truck and hopping in. She turns the engine on and backs out of the driveway and then heads to her work.~Holly

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