The biggest problem with the holidays, according to many, is that there is simply too much good food and there are too many occasions on which to share it with friends and family. No arguments here. In fact, I don’t really think that the holiday season is necessarily the right time to try and cut back. After all, those family and friends are expecting sweets and decadence no matter what they say – and during the holidays, it’s nice to give people what they want when you can.
The Pastry Queen Christmas: Big-hearted Holiday Entertaining, Texas Style is a book that embodies this holiday spirit of over-the-top entertaining, with lots of amazing dessert recipes that are sure to impress. The writing style is friendly and the recipes are easy to follow – a nice touch for holiday food prep because many cooks tend to get stressed out by all the other seasonal activities, and there is simply no reason to have that kind of stress in the kitchen. It is important to note that unlike the Pastry Queen’s previous book, this one isn’t limited to pastry and dessert, but includes recipes for main courses and sides, as well. The dessert recipes could easily carry the cookbook’s sales entirely (largely because Rebecca Rather is so known for her desserts), though I must admit that the savory recipes give the book more depth. For instance, all of the recipes are organized by celebrations or events (brunch, new year’s dinner, christmas day), so you can mix and match your favorites or go with more of a menu.