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Friday, November 27, 2015

An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home by Ellen Stimson - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

About An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (November 2, 2015)
With its snowy streets, pine forests, sleigh rides and woodsmoke curling from the chimneys, Vermont was practically invented for the Christmas postcard. And no one celebrates the season better than Ellen Stimson, author of the best-selling Mud Season, and now the author and home cook behind this cozy new collection of holiday magic.

From warm drinks for the first snowfall to treats for furry friends, from indulgent snacks for carolers to a traditional menu for Christmas day, An Old-Fashioned Christmas will keep you and your loved ones eating, drinking, laughing and baking all through the holiday season.

Anyone who loved Mud Season will remember Stimson’s hilarious and heartwarming stories of life in her small Vermont town—and An Old-Fashioned Christmas brings her trademark touch to holiday memories new and old. Readers will be inspired to begin their own family traditions like the Stimsons’ annual Christmas Adventure, the collection of nostalgic tree ornaments, and of course, the legendary Christmas party attended by friends and family from all over. This is a book you will return to year after year.

A guide to celebrating Christmas in proper Vermont style—from sleigh rides to country stores—rounds out this deeply personal and completely delicious collection. The 98 homey recipes in this book will soon become annual favorites for your family too, including:

Maple Pecan Cookies
Root Beer Pulled Pork
Maple, Fennel, Sausage and Cheddar Meatballs
Chestnut Mousse

“I’ve been a little uneasy about Christmas for a long time and now I shall stop. ‘A festival of debauchery’. I like that idea. A big party. Cut out the stuff you don’t enjoy. And a whole raft of stimulating recipes. And a good snowstorm. Wonderful——Garrison Keillor

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My Thoughts:

If you are not ready for the Christmas season, you are sure to be after reading Ellen Stimson's new book, "An Old Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home."

Oh my goodness, this is one yummy book!  Not only does Stimson share beloved family recipes that are to die for, she also includes charming stories about her family's holiday traditions.  And the photographs that are sprinkled throughout the book are just fantastic. While Stimson is from Vermont and the majority of her stories are based there, this is a Christmas book that can appeal to anyone anywhere who loves the holidays!

If you need a little boost to spark the Christmas magic for this year, then this is the book for you!  I plan to keep this charmer out handy for the entire season!  Thank you, Ellen Stimson, for putting the sparkle back into the season!

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About Ellen Stimson

Ellen Stimson is a bread-and-butter homecook…possibly more butter than bread. Her table is usually overflowing with friends, family, and folks who have come just to listen to her stories. Some of those tales made it into her bestselling memoir, Mud Season. She cooks and writes from a farmhouse in Vermont.

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My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to the publisher for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I got into the Christmas season early this year but I'm still excited to read this book - I want to keep the holiday spirit alive and well around here.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!