I am thrilled to bring you festive literary fans a Christmas anthology from one of my all time favourite writers, Jeanette Winterson. Christmas Days is an anthology with a tale and a recipe for each of the twelve days of Christmas. A lovely celebration of the period of time after Christmas day where traditionally Christmas is enjoyed and celebrated for twelve days. If anything, this book serves as a timely reminder of the true meaning of Christmas rather than the hurry and the flurry that, these days, seems to start on December 1st. Jeanette gives us the perfect tonic to a hectic time.
Each of her twelve stories are completely varying and perfect to dip in and out of. Our anthology opens with the serene Spirit of Christmas which is accompanied by a recipe for Mrs Winterson’s Mince Pies. Spooky Dark Christmas (my personal favourite) sits alongside Kathy Acker’s New York Custard. If you rummage deep enough, amongst various other delicious stories you will discover recipes for Ruth Rendell’s Red Cabbage, Kamila Shamsies Turkey Biryani and many, many other tasty treats.
Unusual and eclectic, Christmas Days is soothing and genuinly cheering to savour over the course of the festive period.