Master the holidays with these books

Take a look at these titles which offer lots of great new ideas for Christmas cooking, decorating, and crafts. Click on the book cover to link to the catalog to check holdings and/or place your holds.


Betty Crocker Christmas cookbook.

In this update of a beloved classic, more than 200 recipes and 125 photos showcase all the best of the Christmas season. Whether entertaining family and friends, looking for new cookies or cocktails, or bringing food to a party, there’s something for every home cook in this one-stop compendium for the merriest—and busiest—holiday of the year. (Houghton)


Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday / Megan Kreiner.

Christmas Ornaments to Crochet is a collection of 40 festive, adorable designs by Megan Kreiner, one of today’s most talented and respected knit and crochet crafters. Each of the small, portable projects can be created in no more than a few hours using only basic crochet skills. (Ingram Pub. Services)


Book cover: Christmas with Southern Living 2018

Christmas with Southern Living 2018 : Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating.

Featuring more than 200 full-color photos throughout, this must-have and go-to guide to the holidays is filled with creative new ways to decorate, entertain and make gifts from the kitchen to make the Christmas season magical and extraordinary. (Atlas Pub.)


The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook

No one does Christmas like Good Housekeeping! Brimming with more than 300 celebration-worthy recipes, sparkling decorating ideas, and homemade gift suggestions, this sumptuous collection will make the season extra merry. Featuring new celebrity content and recipes, plus a section on gingerbread houses, The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook offers triple-tested favorites (like Glazed Ham with Apricots and a Dulce de Leche Christmas Wreath) from top chefs, plus holiday reminiscences from famous contributors. (Sterling)

Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookies: 75 Irresistible Holiday Treats.

Serving up the best from Good Housekeeping, a delightful holiday collection of 75 triple-tested cookie recipes including Gingerbread Cutouts, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Thumbprints, Mint Peppermint Sticks and more along with do-ahead tips and easy decorating and gift-wrapping ideas, is perfect for both expert bakers and enthusiastic home cooks. (Atlas Pub.)

Handmade Christmas: Over 35 Step-by-Step Projects and Inspirational Ideas for the Festive Season.

Save money and have fun with this beautiful collection of Christmas makes. Split into three chapters covering a wide range of different crafting techniques, Handmade Christmas will show you how to perfect your card making, embroidery skills and sugar craft with projects from different festive cultures and traditions. (Simon & Schuster)

Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook

A collection of tried-and-tested Christmas recipes by the celebrity chef and best-selling author of Jamie's Food Revolution shares a wealth of ideas for edible gifts, entertaining for the holidays and using leftovers. (Atlas Pub.)

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: Christmas Crafts, Recipes, Activities / Brandy and Matt Shay. 

Put on your ugly holiday sweater and get ready to PARTY! Whether you’re planning your own wacky celebration or contributing to someone else’s festive affair, here are the most deliciously ugly (in a good way!) ideas for making Christmas merry.  (Sterling)

A Very Merry Paper Christmas: 25 Creative Ornaments & Decorations. 

Created by some of the best crafters on Etsy, who use straightforward techniques like cutting, folding, stapling and taping, a wonderful collection presents 25 projects for festive, homemade paper crafts, from wreaths and buntings to tree toppers and ornaments. (Atlas Pub.)


A Very Vintage Christmas: Holiday Collecting, Decorating and Celebrating / Bob Richter.

A Very Vintage Christmas embodies the nostalgia and sentimentality associated with the holiday season. Vintage ornaments, lights, decorations, and cards all conjure up happy memories of Christmases past and serve as tangible mementos of holidays shared with family and friends. The book helps the everyday collector and enthusiast to build their own collection and offers tips on making the most of what they’ve got. A common thread runs through the chapters: the love of beautiful holiday decorations, and the interest in their history, value, and preservation. (NBN)