‘Tis the season for cooking, and with so many holiday parties it is often a challenge to whip up a dish that has not been served before. To that end, Santa's North Pole Cookbook - a compilation of over seventy recipes from the around the world--has arrived just in time. In it, bestselling author Jeff Guinn presents culinary treats categorized in chapters dedicated to breakfast, breads, appetizers, main courses, side dishes, drinks and desserts. Some of the recipes are universal, meaning they are classics that show up at seasonal tables around the world. Other recipes are more specific to a particular region and have a potential to add an international flair to your holiday dining.
The recipes will appeal to a wide of palates as well as levels of culinary skills. In addition to user-friendly instructions for the preparation of each dish, the book includes some historical information relating to what is being prepared. For example, in introducing Pecan Waffles for Vaffeldagen, a Swedish treat, Guinn presents the history of waffles — and the fact that they made their way o the United States from settlers from the Netherland. Along these same lines, the chapter on main dishes explains that roast goose may be the center of the meal in Europe, fried eel may be served in Italy, spicy chicken stew may make an appearance in Ethiopia, and Koreans may prepare sliced beef seasoned with sesame and soy sauce. It is also interesting to learn that the recipe for White House Christmas “Moose” was attributed to Theodore Roosevelt—and even better is the fact it seems to be a treat that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Santa's North Pole Cookbook is a great holiday treat, and its small size makes it a big winner on a list of last-minute gifts designed to ensure that everyone’s stocking is adequately stuffed.