Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr): Vroom! by Barbara McClintock

Christmas Feasts and Treats

Australian trusted home cook and international food-publishing marvel Donna Hay takes the fuss out of Christmas cooking, baking and entertaining.

This beautifully photographed and inviting collection pairs traditional recipes alongside others spun with modern styling techniques and time-saving tricks. The Feasts section includes step-by-step guides for inventively cooking all types of protein--turkey, pork, fish, lobster--quick-fix nibbles and sides, including dressed up veggies, savory tarts, crackers and biscuits. The Treats half of the book highlights cakes, puddings and pies; shortbreads and gingerbreads; and an array of sweet, edible decorations including nougats, candy canes and cookies. Show-stoppers like a Chocolate-Hazelnut Pavlova with Marinated Raspberries and several riffs on Trifle (such as the alluring Brandy Eggnog Panettone Trifle) will round off any holiday feast with a rich, delicious wow! --Kathleen Gerard, blogger at Reading Between the Lines