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Christmas is fast approaching, so we have to ask: what will keep your tummies happy this season?

What's that in the air? Why, it's the spirit of Christmas! Filipinos love Christmas, no doubt about it. It's one of the most exciting times of the year, and the best way to celebrate it? With food on the table and your loved ones around it! If you're planning what food to make for a festive noche buena, consider taking a cue from these delightful Christmas cookbooks by veteran chefs and bakers. 

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1. Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities by Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson is a trusted name in the kitchen, and this Christmas we're relying on her to deliver a delicious feast inspired by both traditional and contemporary takes on food. Some of the recipes in this book call for more opulent ingredients—perfect for a truly luxurious feast. After all, no one wants to scrimp on holiday repasts. Browse through exciting foodstuffs that include turkey, gingerbread stuffing, rib of beef with port and stilton gravy, panettone pudding, and more. 

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2. Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift

If you're more of a baker than a chef, then we recommend Martha Swift's Primrose Bakery Christmas. With over 100 recipes that cover everything from seasonal cupcakes to cinnamon-scented loaves and indulgent brownies and bars, Primrose Bakery Christmas is every homeowner's guide to indulgent holiday goodies. They even have a recipe for the classic gingerbread house, which is great to bake with loved ones at home!

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3. Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook by the Betty Crocker Editors

Originally published in the ’80s, the Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook is a holiday classic. Its extensive menu covers everything you may need for your next holiday party. There are ideas for appetisers, sides, salads, bread, cocktails, desserts, and even homemade gifts! Every food item is sure to become your next holiday tradition, from the gorgonzola and rosemary cream puffs to the tempting quick cranberry punch and the traditional oven caramel corn. 

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4. Festive Dishes by Nora V. Daza

There's no Christmas like a Filipino Christmas. If you're one to crave local favourites like Chinese lumpia, fruit salad, and chicken relleno, then Nora Daza's Festive Dishes is the cookbook for you. The mother of Sandy Daza, Nora Daza has compiled a delightful assortment of recipes for the traditional Filipino family. But fear not—Western indulgences such as paella, lobster with orange butter, and roast leg of lamb are also in her book, ready for any home cook to recreate in their own kitchen. 


5. Christmas at Grandma's by Gooseberry Patch

No one loves Christmas as much as kids (and kids-at-heart) do! Make the season extra special for young ones by including them in the meal prep. Christmas at Grandma's is designed to be the perfect family-friendly companion at your dinner table. With easy recipes such as Christmas sausage soufflé and overnight sticky buns, this cookbook will guide you through the step-by-step how-tos of cosy Christmas fare. Who knows, you may even remember a taste of home for yourself. 

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6. The Great British Bake Off Christmas by Lizzie Kamenetzky

The Great British Bake-Off is a cult favourite. If you're one of the show's many fans, consider grabbing a copy of Lizzie Kamenetzky's The Great British Bake Off Christmas. Compiled and edited by Kamenetzky and the Bake Off's judges and contestants, the book gathers a fantastic collection of recipes such as parmesan palmiers, mincemeat pies, smoked salmon with mini potato farls, and even a cinnamon Christmas wreath! 

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7. The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook by Martha Stewart

When she isn't busy as an entrepreneur (selling her famous brand of CBD products, no less), Martha Stewart is creating magic in her kitchen. Her Christmas cookbook, which is arguably a classic in culinary circles, contains useful guides to perfect eggnog, roast goose, and many more. It comes with easy-to-follow photographs and illustrations to ensure a perfect outcome for every meal. 

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