It’s not just about the big day. From sharing your first mince pies with colleagues, to baking biscuits with a Christmas playlist, to packing a bag of seasonal treats for the train journey to see family.


Now more than ever, it feels much better to give than to receive, so this year in our bumper Christmas edition we’re making the things we buy, cook and give mean something. Find thoughtful, inexpensive ways to wrap gifts, show your loved ones you care with a handmade present; support small producers by choosing Christmas supplies from people doing good and be inspired to make your Christmas lunch super-personal, like the stars of the BBC Good Food Show.

Celebrate your way and savour every minute. Happy Christmas from all of us at Good Food!

Plus, get a FREE 2024 calendar included with the issue.

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15 reasons to buy the BBC Good Food Christmas issue

1. Your free 2024 recipe calendar


Offering a new recipe for each calendar month, you won’t be short on inspiration all year round.

2. New ideas for the big day

Christmas turkey

We’re reinventing the wheel this festival season. Our recipes breathe new life into Christmas classics – think truffle & parmesan roast potatoes – or show-stopping clementine, fennel & cranberry roast salmon.

3. Show-stealing bakes

Tower of profiteroles

A Christmas dinner is not complete without a tempting dessert (or two) - and these spectacular bakes are sure to bring the wow factor.

4. Incredible entertaining recipes

Tear and share bread with baked camembert in the middle

Tom Kerridge knows how to elevate a classic – combining the quintessential tear-and-share bread with a stunning baked camembert centrepiece. Take it to new heights with a drizzling of truffle butter.

5. Make ahead gifts and treats

Homemade paper hanging decorations

There’s no greater gift than ones from the heart – and these recipes will show your loved ones just how much you care. There’s scotch bonnet & mango hot sauce for those who appreciate the spicier things in life, as well as rum-spiked raisin shortbread for a grown-up treat.

6. Festive treats using your favourite gadgets


Save energy and effort with cakes, pies and puddings that are all made without even switching the oven on. Think air-fryer mince pies and a Christmas pudding microwave mug cake.

7. Christmas wreath design

Christmas wreath

Take inspiration from BBC Gardener’s World by crafting a homemade Christmas wreath using greenery and foliage from your own garden. There’s no better way to start getting into the festive spirit.

8. Celebratory mains

Christmas gammon on a plate with a piece of orange

If you fancy a change from the usual turkey – or are looking for inspiration for your Boxing Day feast – our festive main events are sure to impress. For a meat-free option there’s polenta, squash & goat’s cheese Christmas tree tarts or keep it classic with a hot-honey glazed gammon.

9. Trimmings with a twist

Pigs in blankets on a plate

We’ve teamed up with five of our guests from the Good Food Show to bring you dishes that will redefine Christmas lunch – from carrot & swede mash with brown butter & thyme to sweet chilli-glazed pigs in blankets.

10. Celebration recipes to wow guests and friends

Piece of pistachio tiramisu on a plate with a fork

Bring friends together with our special but simple to prepare recipes – so you can spend more time with the people you care about this Christmas.

11. Christmas Taste Awards

Christmas Taste Awards 2023

Discover the results of our supermarket taste test and shop for the best festive products this holiday season. The passionfruit and white chocolate yule log is sure to be a festive hit for those with a sweet-tooth and find out which turkey gravy granules topped the list.

12. Merry and bright

Christmas cocktails

Celebrate fresh ingredients from the fruit bowl in our seasonal cocktails and mocktails. Apples find their way into a festive spritz and clementines combine with cloves, cinnamon and allspice to make a wonderfully warming mulled whisky.

13. Christmas cheese guide

Christmas cheeseboard

Showcase artisan producers on your cheeseboard this Christmas who are doing their bit to make a difference within local communities. From a cheesemonger whose products supports other cheesemakers in the region to another which offers creamery team apprenticeships as rehabilitation for offenders. Even more reason to tuck into that extra slice.

14. Ideas for cooking with kids


Load up the car with homemade snacks and treats on the long journey home for Christmas. Kids will love to get involved with making festive mince-meat flapjacks and cheesy cauliflower flask soup.

15. Make ahead bakes

Chocolate torte with a dusting of icing sugar

Stock up your freezer with these handy bake-from-frozen sweet and savoury treats.


Get the Christmas magazine now:
Order a copy online from Mags Direct
Download a digital version of our Christmas magazine
Subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine

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