Friday, December 7, 2012

Review: Celebrate by Pippa Middleton

Title: Celebrate
Author: Pippa Middleton
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Viking
Publish Date: October 30, 2012
Source: Own

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You love entertaining.
  • You like cooking.
What's the Story?:

In her first book, Middleton reveals the secrets to hosting a successful party with recipes, tips and detailed instructions on how to throw a memorable event.

My Two Cents:

Admittedly, I had two reasons for buying this book. First, I love books about entertaining and cooking. I especially like them when they're really pretty books filled with pictures for some visual inspiration. Second, being that I am fascinated by all things British and especially royal things, I was interested to see what the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, would write about. Before this book, I did not know much about Middleton besides the fact that she dresses really well and seems to like to have a good time.

I also really like learning about different customs and traditions around the world. Being that this book was from a British point of view, there were several things that were new to me. One of them was Burns Night, a Scottish holiday celebrating the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns (Middleton went to university in Scotland, which is where she learned to celebrate this one).

The photographs in the book are gorgeous, like I expected that they would be. This is just a very, very pretty book. I definitely found a lot of inspiration between these pages.

I will definitely be trying some of the recipes out of this book (but perhaps not the Burns Night haggis). The Indian New Years curry recipes look amazing to me.

Some of the tips in the book are pretty simplistic and at times, I wish that they had been a little more creative or a little more off the beaten path. The pretty pictures cannot make up for that. Nonetheless, overall, I was pleased with what I got out of the book and will be using it in the future.

Bottom line: A fairly good debut for Middleton!



  1. I had heard that all the "tips" and everything were extremely simple and unnecessary. But it sounds like the aesthetics of this book are wonderful!

  2. Perhaps a book of photos would have achieved the same effect or better as you said the photography was very good. I'd love to see the book! And, I'd definitely skip the haggis too!


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