The Best Christmas Cookbooks For This Festive Season


Christmas is one of the happiest times of the year – home with ones you love, home-cooked meals, exchanging gifts and the delicious spread that mum/dad/aunty/uncle lay out on the table for everyone, young and old to tuck into. Many take this as an opportunity to showcase their cooking skills and provide dishes that be likened to those of a 5-star restaurant. 

While not everyone can cook like Gordon Ramsey this festive season, our top cookbooks are guaranteed to ensure that you whip up a dish that is tasty and will impress this Christmas. Read on:

Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook by Betty Crocker

The Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook is one of the world’s best rated cookbooks, compiling over 200 recipes and 125 photos giving Christmas cooks one of the widest choices of dishes this season. While Christmas meals are typically very traditional, this cookbook infuses modern cooking with traditional recipes to deliver an exciting and delicious palette of recipes. Recipes cover every course, from cocktails to Christmas puddings. Betty Crocker can make anyone a master chef this festive season with her easy-to-follow steps.

The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook by Rita Mock-Pike

If you’re looking to take a step away from a traditional Christmas meal, this holiday cookbook is the perfect way to infuse your love for Harry Potter into your festive cooking session. Rita Mock-Pike makes people feel like they’re at Hogwarts with recipes such as pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes, roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, and chocolate gateau on the menu. With over 75 easy-to-follow recipes, this cookbook will allow any aspiring chef to put on a feast this Christmas while expressing their love for Harry Potter.

Home Made Christmas by Yvette van Boven

While the festive season generally represents one of the year’s busiest periods, Yvette van Boven shows readers how to make delicious home-cooked meals without spending hours in the kitchen. These easy-to-follow recipes can see anybody cook like a professional, using a fruitful yet simplistic array of ingredients.

In addition to the 100 recipes provided in the book, Yvette Van Boven provides menu planning options to take the legwork out of choosing dishes that complement each other. Home Made Christmas is one of the most highly regarded Christmas cookbooks due to its simplicity and array of recipes available, allowing you to keep every recipe you’ll need under one roof.

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is a well-regarded chef, owning multiple restaurants over his career and is most known for his insightful and easy-to-follow cooking shows. Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook represents an attempt to teach aspiring Christmas chefs how to master the basics and deliver fresh and tasteful dishes while remaining in line with a traditional Christmas spread.

In addition to the dozens of recipes, Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook provides ideas for edible gifts, party food, and innovative ways on how to manage leftovers. Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook is highly recommended for those looking to create a tasty, traditional Christmas home-cooked meal. 

Vegan Christmas by Gaz Oakley

While the number of people following food restricting diets has grown exponentially in the recent years, a traditional Christmas lunch is usually meat-eaters paradise. For aspiring Christmas cooks looking to cater for a wide range of dietary requirements, Vegan Christmas by Gaz Oakley has dozens of ‘no-brainer’ vegan and vegetarian recipes which deliver a flavourful Christmas without requiring meat.

Recipes like sweet potato waffles and tofu benedict incorporate a good use of fresh veggies into Christmas dishes, creating a healthy yet tasty festive meal to remember.

Enjoying Christmas with a healthy meal and tasty dessert doesn’t have to mean spending hours in the kitchen. These popular Christmas cookbooks provide anyone from a novice to a culinary expert with recipes to deliver a Christmas dish worth remembering.