Cook the Book: 'Nigella Christmas'

20091214nigellachristmas.jpgNigella Lawson might not be a household name here in America but across the pond in Britain she's one of the country's most recognized and beloved food celebrities.

Growing up in an affluent political family, Lawson graduated from Oxford with a degree in journalism. She got her start writing cookery columns for Vogue, Gourmet, and Bon Appetit. Her first venture into cookbook writing, How to Eat, cemented her approachable, easy-going, and oftentimes sensual cooking style. Lawson showed her fans it was possible for a working mom (or mum as the case may be) to save time and hassle when cooking without compromising flavor and pleasure.

Lawson's celebrity blossomed with the publication of her second book, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, a baking guide, and the premier of her first television series, Nigella Bites. Her onscreen persona was the perfect combination of smart, sexy, classy and knowledgeable in the kitchen without being stodgy or matronly. Lawson proved herself to be true domestic goddess.

Roughly ten years and many cookbooks and television series later, Lawson is still going strong. Just in time for the holidays, this book includes all her favorite yuletide recipes. Nigella Christmas is a collection of wonderful holiday dishes for groups of varying sizes with fantastic ideas for homemade holiday gifts. Nigella Christmas has no shortage of cookie recipes and since we are in the throes of Cookie Month, we will be sharing one of them with you every day this week.

Lawson's cookies are nothing if not impressive. Each one has an element of glamor and surprise. Simple shortbread is transformed into a thing of beauty with these Christmas Chocolate Cookies, finished with a vanilla scented chocolate glaze and plenty of festive sprinkles, and Gold Dust Cookies are shaped like stars and dusted with sparking glitter flakes. This week promises some of our most gorgeous cookies yet.

Win 'Nigella Christmas'

Thanks to the generosity of the folks over at Hyperion, we are giving away five (5) copies of Nigella this week. All you have to do is the most visually stunning cookies that you've ever made in the comments section below.

Five (5) people will be chosen at random among the eligible comments below. We're sorry, but entry is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Comments will close Monday, December 21 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.