Christmas Food and Recipes
Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions
Nava Atlas is the author of numerous vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. You can preview some of the meatless, eggless and dairy-free recipes in this collection at VegKitchen.com.
Cake Pops Holidays
Celebrate the holiday season with more than twenty winter-themed cake pop creations including Christmas trees, Santas, tiny gingerbread houses and snowflakes.
TX739.2.C45 C74 2006
This book includes decorating ideas, things to do with kids, things to bake ahead, gifts from the kitchen, and more.
Sweet Christmas: Homemade Peppermints, Sugar Cake, Chocolate-Almond Toffee, Eggnog Fudge, and Other Sweet Treats and Decorations
Sweet Christmas puts the holidays back into the family kitchen with 100 recipes and projects for holiday treats for parents and children to make together. The recipes are easy to make, don't require special equipment.
Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen
TX739.2.C45 B743 2009x
This Williams-Sonoma collection of recipes includes time-tested and decadent favorites like Chewy Ginger-Molasses Cookies and Chocolate-Marshmallow Fudge mixed with lighter offerings such as Key Lime Bars and Lemon-Spiced Olives.
Recipes for 130 Christmas cookies and over 50 ideas for packaging cookies to give as gifts.
TT900.C4 C683 2011
Includes sections on decorations, crafts and cooking.
Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from my Favorite Holiday
TX739.2.C45 D44 2007
Rich and buttery treats from the South. Don't look for calorie cutting here!
Does your family, neighborhood or office staff bake and swap cookies for Christmas? Use this quantity cookery book for a gigantic batch.
Fix-it and Forget-it Christmas Cookbook: 600 Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes
This is one of many Fix-it and Forget-it slow cooker books by Phyllis Pellman Good.
Very Merry Cookie Party: How to Plan and Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange
120 recipes and tips for decorating, planning, and throwing a cookie exchange party.
Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities
q TX739.2.C45 L393 2009x
This book by U.K. celebrity chef Lawson includes everything from Christmas cakes and puddings to exciting and inspiring variations for traditional turkey, ginger-baked ham, and even a vegetarian Christmas feast.
Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook: Favorite Recipes and Holiday Traditions from My Home to Yours
TX739.2.C45 M24 2011
Best-selling romance author Debbie Macomber now has a Harlequin cookbook out.
The Gingerbread Architect: Recipes and Blueprints for Twelve Classic American Homes
Architect Susan Matheson and professional baker Lauren Chattman show you how to make a Cape Cod, a Brownstone, a pueblo, and more. See also Aaron Morgan's Making Great Gingerbread Houses: Delicious Designs from Cabins to Castles, from Lighthouses to Treehouses for even more ideas.
Christmas Baking: Fun and Delicious Holiday Treats
TX739.2.C45 O3713 2012x
Prominent Swedish pastry chef Mia Öhrn offers thirty-eight recipes for cakes, cookies, candies, truffles, cupcakes, tarts and breads. Learn how to build and decorate the perfect gingerbread house, create marzipan elves, make toffee sticks, ginger-flavored chocolates, a gingerbread bowl, fig pie and decadent chocolate cake with blood oranges (if you can get them!).
TX739.2.C45 P55 2004
The Pillsbury Editors have collected 155 delicious, kitchen-tested and totally reliable recipes, plus activities and kid-pleasing crafts so you can spend more time creating special holiday memories together with your family.
Cookie Craft Christmas: Dozens of Decorating Ideas for a Sweet Holiday
I know cookies have to taste good but it's even better if they look great too. Learn how to decorate like a professional.
The Pastry Queen Christmas: Big-Hearted Holiday Entertaining, Texas Style
TX739.2.C45 R38 2007
Ninety-five holiday recipes from Rebecca Rather's Rather Sweet Bakery and Cafe (now the Pink Pig), plus Christmas craft and entertaining ideas inspired by the traditions of small-town America.
Christmas in Pennsylvania: A Folk-Cultural Study
GT4986.P4 S56 1999
Originally published by the Pennsylvania Folklife Society in 1959 this book tells about Christmas traditions, including mummers, Christ-Kindel and Kriss Kringle, Christmas trees and trimming, Belsnickels, the Philadelphia carnival of horns, Moravian pyramids and putzes, Pittsburgh firecracker celebrations, and holiday treats.
TX739.2.C45 S654 2010x
"Cooking, Decorating, Entertaining, Giving - An All-in-One Guide to a Spectacular Season." As a child I loved these do-it-all Christmas books and magazines, even if I just looked through them without doing anything.
TX739.2.C45 S6584 2012x
This year's edition.
TX739.2.C45 C674 2011x
This is one of several Christmas cookbooks that Southern Living has published.
A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies
Over 75 cookie recipes from around the world with quick reference to the details of each cookie "species", including its Habitat (country of origin), Field Notes (helpful information), Lifespan (how long it will keep), and Related Species (recipe variations).
Browse the Catalog
Additional books may be found by browsing the library catalog under the subject heading:
BBC Food: Christmas
This British site includes recipes for turkey and goose, Edible gifts, Christmas lunch, Festive baking, Veggie Christmas, Vegan Christmas.
Better Homes & Garden: Christmas
Includes gifts and decorations as well as food and entertaining.
Allen Creek Farm raises chestnuts and offers a bunch of recipes for using this classic Christmas nut.
Cooking Light: Holidays & Occasions
Are you afraid you're going to gain too much weight over the holidays? Cooking Light magazine offers "lightened" alternatives.
Check out these favorites for Christmas.
- Epicurious: 25 Days of Christmas Cookies
- Epicurious: Holiday Cookies
- Food Network: 12 Days of Cookies (2011)
- Huffington Post Kitchen Daily: Christmas Cookie Recipes: Top 10 Classics
- Leite's Culinaria: C is for Christmas Cookies (2010)
- New York Times: Readers' Holiday Cookies and Recipes (2009)
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 2010
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 2011
- Saveur: Christmas Cookies (2012)
- Saveur Cookie Advent Calendar (2011)
This website offers articles and recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines.
- Feast of the Seven Fishes
Learn about the Feast of the 7 Fishes that many Italians in Pittsburgh have on Christmas Eve.
Food Network Holiday Central: Christmas
Recipes for fruitcake, Struffoli, Christmas duck and Christmas goose, plum pudding...
This butter manufacturer offers 402 recipes for Christmas.
Mexico Connect: Christmas
Articles about Christmas in Mexico, where food plays a big part.
Pillsbury.com: Holidays and Christmas
Christmas cookies and sweet breads and cakes. You can also search for "Christmas".
Saveur: Best Hot Drinks
Hot drinks for a cold season, including spiced wine, hot chocolate, mulled apple cider, Tom and Jerry, hot toddy, Glögg...
Americans might make fun of fruitcakes, especially those from aunts, but how can anything soaked in rum be bad?? (The Saveur recipes tend to be light.)
Saveur: Holiday Cookies and Candies
Spice cookies, gingerbread snaps, German butter cookies, and even one made from Cap'N Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch and Rice Krispies (horrors!! and from Saveur!).
What's Cooking America: Making Tamales
Folks from the Southwest can tell you that one of the most wonderful dishes at Christmas are the tamales that Mexican-Americans traditionally cook for Christmas. This article by Cynthia Pineda will guide you through the process, helping you pick the ingredients.
VegKitchen with Nava Atlas: A Colorful Vegan Christmas
Includes recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, hearty main dishes, seasonal side dishes, and desserts.
- Wigilia: Twelve-Dish Christmas Eve Supper
Polish American Journal: Christmas Traditions & Customs
Including Wigilia Recipes featuring lots of herring, mushrooms and beets.
Polish Women’s Alliance of America: Wigilia Recipes
"Tradition calls for twelve courses to be served during Wigilia. All the dishes are meatless and should be made from foods that come from the four corners of the earth: forest, sea, field, and orchard." These recipes are based on root vegetables, dried mushrooms and dried fruits, potatoes and cabbage, local fish, and flour-based pastries and dishes, such as kluski and pierogi.
Wikipedia: Twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper
"A twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper is traditionally prepared in many Eastern European cultures, including Polish, Lithuanian, and Ukrainian. The meal (Polish: Wigilia or wieczerza wigilijna, Ukrainian: Sviata vecheria, Lithuanian: Kucios) consists of twelve meatless dishes representing the twelve Apostles or twelve months of the year."
- Polish American Journal: Christmas Traditions & Customs
"Christmas Eve feast of the fishes"
A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article from Monday, December 20, 1999 describing the Italian tradition that is still observed by many Italian-American families in Pittsburgh.
Family's traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes celebrates Christmas Eve vigil
An article from the Monday, December 19, 2005, issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Virginia Phillips about the Italian traditional meatless Christmas Eve meal of seven fishes.
Feast of the Seven Fishes embraces holiday food traditions
This Pittsburgh Tribune Review article from December 20, 2011 lists several local restaurants which prepare a Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Moon woman keeps Serbian Orthodox Christmas customs alive
An article from the Thursday, January 7, 2010, issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the Serbian traditions followed by Mim Bizic, whose website offers more information on Christmas customs.
Slovenians have kept to roots of Christmas
An article from the Thursday, December 21, 2000, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Slovenian Christmas traditions, some of which are followed here in Pittsburgh. Included are recipes for Potica (nut roll) and Holiday Raisin Bread (Sarkelj).