No author is more closely associated with the food of Christmas than Charles Dickens. From Mrs Cratchit's plum pudding to Mr Pickwick's "mighty bowl of wassail," his novels and other writings are alive with examples of good food being enjoyed in good company. In this collection of Victorian classics, updated for modern cooks, you will find old favourites for Christmas dinner, plus recipes for entertaining, such as lobster patties and a Charlotte Russe. There's even a recipe for a hand-raised pork pie to keep in the larder for visitors (or escaped convicts).
Pen Vogler is a food historian and author of Dinner with Mr Darcy, Tea with Jane Austen, and Dinner with Dickens, all published by CICO Books. She writes and reviews on food history for the press, edited Penguin's Great Food series, and has recreated recipes from the past for BBC Television.