These are the books I will be reading when the snow is falling outside and I can snuggle by the fire with a hot cup of tea.
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot 1930s Yorkshire seems to offers an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semi-feral cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James find he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him. And when he meets Helen, the beautiful daughter of a local farmer, all the training and experience in the world can’t help him…
The Great British Bake Off: Christmas by Lizzie Kamenetzky
Christmas is a time of friends and family. Of anticipation and excitement. Of good times — and of course, great food.
This book celebrates everything surrounding Christmas with 100 delicious bakes for the festive season, as well as dishes for the big day itself. Whip up tempting Christmas nibbles like Mini Potato Farls with Smoked Salmon, or Parmesan Palmiers, perfect for a party. Spice up your home — and get the kids involved too — with Gingerbread Tree Ornaments and a Cinnamon Christmas Wreath. And of course, there are plenty of delicious ideas for what to do with all those leftovers.
Each chapter also includes spectacular recipes from Bake Off finalists, and Mary and Paul reveal the secrets to those classic Christmas dishes — whether it’s Paul’s perfect mince pies or Mary’s ultimate Christmas pudding. Packed with everything from edible decorations and delicious gifts to party dishes and showstopping centrepieces, this book is the perfect Christmas companion.
This Year It Will Be Different by Maeve Binchy
From the New York Times bestselling author of Circle of Friends and The Glass Lake comes This Year It Will Be Different, a stunning new work that brings us the magic and spirit of Christmas in fifteen stories filled with Maeve Binchy’s trademark wit, charm, and sheer storytelling genius. Instead of nostalgia, Binchy evokes contemporary life; instead of Christmas homilies, she offers truth; and instead of sugarplums, she brings us the nourishment of holidays that precipitate change, growth, and new beginnings.
What are you reading during the Christmas holidays?
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