Preparing delicious food to share with friends and family is as much a part of the season as enjoying the rest of the festivities, and everyone has their own traditions and recipes based around Christmas dinner. Cooking for Christmas features 50 festive recipes, including all the most popular Christmas classics as well as some exciting new dishes to liven up the holiday feast. Traditionalists can prepare roast turkey with all the trimmings, baked ham, rich Christmas pudding, and Christmas cakes, and the table can be invigorated with contemporary dishes such as Vegetable Gnocci and Cheese, Rice Strudel, Ruby Fruit Salad, and Grand Marnier Souffl�s. Each recipe in this lavishly illustrated cookbook has been devised to ease the last-minute panic that so many experience as Christmas approaches. Most appetizers, for example, can be prepared in advance and assembled in individual portions for easy serving. There is a chapter on cold buffets as well as tasty recipes to prepare over the holiday period using both leftovers and a variety of other foods that are likely to be on hand. A countdown to Christmas day is also included to help readers organize, prepare, and, most of all, fully enjoy each celebration. Step-by-step photographs clearly illustrate the cooking techniques involved, and expert culinary tips are provided throughout to ensure fabulous results every time.