From the kitchen of Camille Glenn, the doyenne of Southern cooking, comes a holiday cookbook to treasure – a book that evokes the memory of Christmas past.
Since the publication of The Heritage of Southern Cooking, Camille Glenn’s readers have looked forward to more of her irresistible recipes – and to the stories that accompany them. Camille Glenn’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookbook brims with delectable holiday fare – nineteen full course menus and over 100 recipes – and bubbles with Glenn’s delightful commentary. She shares with readers the wisdom of her more than thirty years as a cooking instructor and decades of treasured holiday celebrations in her Kentucky home.
These are recipes – both savory and sweet – for the time of year when everyone gives up counting calories and surrenders to the delights of the season. The book is divided into festive menus that salute holiday activities, from trimming the tree to ringing in the New Year. There’s also a section devoted to “Grandmother’s Pantry,” which includes everything you’ll need to be prepared for Christmas festivities, from Marvelous Mincemeat to Apple Preserves with Ginger.
Glenn doesn’t believe in shortcuts, and certainly the holidays are the perfect time to splurge. This book offers new recipes for traditional Southern holiday favorites such as Colonial Gingerbread, Chilled Bourbon Custard, Country Ham Baked in Cider, as well as delicious recipes for what will surely become future favorites, such as Good Fortune Tea Cake and Marinated Beef Tenderloin with Old English Walnut Sauce.
Turning the pages of Camille Glenn’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookbook is like thumbing through grandmother’s treasured recipe-card file – a rediscovery of cherished traditions and long-forgotten times. Anyone who loves to celebrate the holidays with good food will delight in this keepsake cookbook. As the author writes in her introduction: “There is a certain depth and beauty in a home, no matter how humble, when there is grace and love in a kitchen that is alive with the warmth of good things cooking for our families and friends to eat.”
Raised in the kitchen of her parents’ Kentucky country inn, Camille Glenn has run her own cooking school and catering business, and writes food features and columns for the Louisville Courier-Journal. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.