Thursday, December 3, 2009

Review/Giveaway: The Christmas Kitchen

A WINNING READINGS GIVEAWAY!

Title: The Christmas Kitchen: The Gathering Place for Making Memories
Author: Tammy Maltby
Genre: Christmas nonfiction
How to enter: Leave a comment on THIS post right here! If you're a subscriber or a follower, leave a second comment for a second entry.
Entry deadline: December 10, 2009
Restrictions: Open internationally

That's right, enter right here for this giveaway. Please note: we are giving away our review copy, so it has been gently read.
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Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:


The Christmas Kitchen

Howard Books (October 6, 2009)

***Special thanks to Jennifer Willingham of Simon and Schuster for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Tammy Maltby is a writer, speaker, and media personality. For eight years, she was the co-host of the Emmy Award-winning television talk show, Aspiring Women. She serves on the board of the National Women’s Ministry Association, Christian Women in Media and Arts, and Women of Courage International. She and her family live in Colorado Springs, CO.


Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Hardcover: 132 pages
Publisher: Howard Books (October 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416587659
ISBN-13: 978-1416587651

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:


Press this picture to browse inside the entire book:



My Review

If you're into all things Christmasy, you'll love this book. It is full of ideas for merrymaking, from preparing ahead of time, cooking together, decking halls, kid creations, and hospitality to Christmas Day menu ideas and post-holiday tips.

I love the layout and design, which incorporates full-page photos with the narrative, recipes, hints, lists, tips, and family snapshots.

In the Christmas Kitchen Prep chapter, this struck me: "We just stack Christmas on top of our busy everyday lives. And that's what makes us tired! ...I love the Christmas hymn that urges, 'Let every heart prepare Him room.' Because that's where the most meaningful Christmases begin: with preparing our hearts and our lives (kitchens included!) for a season that is full of joy and, yes, peace."

Talk about relevant advice! The season has barely started and I'm in a whirlwind.

Of course, with a two-year-old, I love the Kids in the Kitchen chapter. And I'm brainstorming ideas to make the kitchen more user-friendly for her.

There are so many yummy recipes I want to try, like the Christmas Morning Cinnamon Wreath, and the Lost-and-Found Rice Pudding. There are lots super-easy ones, like the Festive Cream Cheese Tree, perfect for entertaining.

Overall, this is an inspiring and practical book filled with ideas to sweeten the celebration of the One who is the greatest gift of all. I'll have a hard time parting with it!

61 comments:

Andrea said...

As a Christmas fan, this sounds delicious!

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Healthy & Happy said...

Merry Christmas!

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i'm still trying to decide whether to put up my tree at home or in the office...

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Milka said...

This sounds great, I love Christmas!

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Ticia said...

I'm a BIG fan of Christmas. Would love to win this.

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Jennifer said...

Looks like another interesting Christmas read.

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Melissa Taylor said...

The author is from Colorado just like me! Her recipes look delicious. Thanks!!

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tattwo said...

This would be a great book to share with my daughter-in-law as we prepare for the holidays. Thanks.

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i am not good cook. but i am curious and i would like to compare christmas recipes from other side of atlantic with ours.:-) thanks
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cariboucake said...

I would love to give this to my mom for christmas!


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This sounds wonderful! I could use some new holiday recipes.

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dddiva said...

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Terri said...

I love Christmas, this would be a wonderful book to own.

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Tina said...

Love Christmas, and reading about how to make things brighter by cooking, decorating etc.

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Smart Cents Mom said...

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cstironkat said...

I would like this book so we could do some great crafts and baking together.

SeahorseLady said...

I would love to give this one to my Mother who I know would enjoy it.

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