Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cookbook Review: 4 Ingredients Christmas by Kim McCosker

  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Original edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EE4OMU

Book Description

The internationally bestselling author of 4 Ingredients returns with a gorgeous, full-color collection of easy, delicious, money- and time-saving recipes that are perfect for the holiday season—all using four or fewer ingredients.
The holiday season can be the busiest, most expensive time of the year for home chefs. But creating mouthwatering, festive meals doesn’t always mean spending a fortune—and hours upon hours—in the kitchen. In 4 Ingredients Christmas, Kim McCosker, co-creator of the bestselling 4 Ingredients books, puts culinary joy back into the season with simple recipes that are short on fuss but long on taste. 4 Ingredients Christmas shows how to provide delicious, home-cooked meals, from elegant brunches and fun snacks for Santa, to main courses and tradition-worthy desserts; cook with fewer utensils—one teaspoon, one tablespoon, and one measuring cup; and spend less time at the sink and more time enjoying your company.

     The ideal cookbook for busy, budget-conscious cooks, 4 Ingredients Christmas takes the mystery out of preparing cost-effective, home-cooked holiday meals that the whole family—including the chef—will love.

About The Author

Kim was born in Stanthorpe, Australia, and raised there until moving to Mundubbera, Queensland where she lives with her husband Glen and three sons Morgan, Hamilton and Flynn. 



My Review

This is a fabulous cookbook filled with simple four ingredient recipes and lovely mouth watering photos!

The book is divided into the following categories:

  • The Night Before Christmas
  • Brunch
  • Nibbles
  • Soups and Salads
  • Mains
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Sweet Treats
  • Drinks
Really loved the Sweet Treats section of course:  Coconut Creme Truffles, Lime and Macadamia Fudge, Reindeer Bark, Salted Caramel Charms....yummy or what!  The author is Australian therefore some of the recipes have a summer Christmas theme such as the Garden Bed Pavlova. Lots of sensible, simple recipes to help make Christmas a little easier!  Be sure to add this one to your cookbook collection!

This brunch recipe was recently posted on the Facebook site:

HAM AND CHIVE QUICHES: No pastry, no problems.


6 ham rounds
6 eggs
1 tbsp Chives or Parsley (Gourmet Garden blend)
OR 2 tbsp. of fresh chives or parsley finely chopped if you don't have the gourmet garden blends at home.
1 cup grated cheese

Preheat oven to 180C/360F.

Line large non stick muffin cases with ham rounds.
In a small bowl beat eggs and add Chives or Parsley and season with sea salt and pepper. Pour into ham lined muffin cases and sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until set.

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