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Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, many people’s thoughts are already turning towards Christmas.

In the next installment of her successful ‘Gorgeous’ series, Annie Bell takes the stress out of planning Christmas, offering 100 stunning recipes to make the whole of the festive period simply magical.

From dishes to make in advance, through to Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the book covers everything you’ll need, including canapés, cocktails, roasts, sauces, chutneys, and puddings and desserts. The recipes are easy to follow and guaranteed to work, plus introduce a successful mixture of Christmas nostalgia with the innovative.

Follow Annie’s recipes for her grandmother’s Christmas pudding, which can be made up to a year in advance, pre-prepare hearty pie fillings ready for unexpected visitors or those days when you just can’t face cooking any more, and get ready for the parties with these simple but stylish hand-me-rounds.

For the big day itself Annie shares her secrets to cooking the juiciest turkey and the best roast potatoes alongside a whole host of trimmings, including, bread sauce, gravy, Parmesanglazed Parsnips, Sage, Chestnut and Apple Sausage Meat Balls and of course the obligatory sprouts. But don’t forget to make more than you need for everyone’s favourite bit – the leftovers on boxing day, whether it’s a turkey sandwich with bread sauce, Mulled Wine Trifle for breakfast or an extra large slice of Christmas cake.

No one is left out, with fabulous ideas for vegetarians, including Annie’s ‘Homage to Nut Roast’ proving that this staple dish can be delicious, plus ideas to involve the little ones such as Christmas Tree Biscuits and Good Old Fashioned Mince Pies.

For desserts and sweets there’s Bûche de Noël, Chocolate Fudge Drizzle Cake, Christmas Crumble Muffins, Gallette de Rois, plus a whole section on homemade chocolates and truffles, that make ideal presents, provided you can bear to give them away!

With easy-to-follow instructions, stunning photography from Chris Alack for each recipe and a choice of fail-safe dishes for every day of the festive holidays, Gorgeous Christmas will be your essential companion for a Happy Christmas.

Annie Bell spent several years as cookery writer for Vogue, then as food writer on the Independent. She is currently principal cookery writer on the Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine, and is a contributor to Country Living and Waitrose Food Illustrated. She was winner of the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Writer of the Year in 2003 and the author of bestselling titles, Gorgeous Cakes, Gorgeous Desserts, Gorgeous Suppers and Gorgeous Greens, also published by Kyle Cathie Ltd.