Sharing the joy at Christmas is as much about creating new traditions as honouring old. In this bumper issue, we reflect on how our festive celebrations are evolving.


Wow guests on the big day with showstopping mains and all the trimmings, plus our handy time plan. Create an innovative sharing board by switching up the pairings and free up oven space with simple-to-make puds.

Stock the freezer with dishes from around the world and make midweek dinners that cost under £1.25 per portion.

See the results of our annual supermarket taste test, the 50 best foodie gifts and our pick of the best new products for your kitchen.

Plus, get a FREE 2023 calendar included with the issue.

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15 reasons to buy the BBC Good Food Christmas issue

1. New ideas for the big day

Roasted garlic & herb turkey crown

Our new Big Day recipes are so memorable, you’ll revisit them year after year. Whether you’re looking for a twist on a classic or something completely different, we’ve got something extra-special for you.

2. Christmas Day time plan

Christmas time plan

Get your easy time plan, with tips and tricks to ensure the big day goes as smoothly as possible.

3. Budget-friendly starters

Hot smoked salmon & beetroot platter

Save time and energy with our innovative, no-fuss recipes to set the festive mood, from baked ham hock pots to cucumber prawn cocktail cups.

4. Next level Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding

We’ve updated the traditional pud to give you more of what you love and swapped suet for butter for a lighter, better-flavoured and nicer-looking pudding.

5. Glam up your cheeseboard

Christmas cheeseboard

Impress your guests with a mix of traditional and innovative pairings shared by Tracey Colley, director of the Academy of Cheese.

6. Baking ideas to make with the family

Gingerbread mince pies

Keep the kids busy over the festive season with treats they’ll love helping to make as well as eat like gingerbread mince pies and stollen bites.

7. No-cook showstopping desserts

Banoffee tirami-trifle

When the oven’s filled to capacity but you also need to make a sweet centrepiece, these recipes will save the day. Plus, they’re easy to carry to a festive gathering

8. Readers' celebratory dishes

Chocolate barf

We asked BBC Good Food readers for their favourite celebratory dishes, and what makes them special, to inspire you with fresh ideas you’ll be sure to cook time and time again.

9. Easy midweek meals

Mustard & parmesan crumbed chicken

These five recipes will help keep costs lower over the holidays without compromising on flavour.

10. Pigs in blankets rewrapped

Pigs in blankets one-pot

If you thought everyone’s favourite Christmas trimming couldn’t get any better, think again, see our easy one-pot version.

11. Tom Kerridge’s duck roast

Roast duck

To serve the ideal Christmas dinner for four, our podcast host shares how to cook duck to perfection.

12. Make the most of this season’s ingredients

Bang bang cauliflower tacos

Enjoy comforting recipes from Samuel Goldsmith, plus advice on tending to your veg patch from Emma Crawforth of BBC Gardeners’ World.

13. Fresh freezer ideas

Curried Brisket Ramen

Our contributors share their globally inspired mains to get-ahead for when there’s less time to cook.

14. Christmas tree cupcakes

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Make these festive cupcakes for friends and family this Christmas, little ones will love them too.

15. Christmas Taste Awards 2022

Christmas Taste Awards 2022

From mince pies and yule logs, to turkey and gravy, our expert panel blind-tasted more than 225 products to find the UK’s best supermarket buys to grace your table this holiday season.


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