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10 reasons to buy our magical Christmas magazine

Our Christmas issue is out now! Discover 10 reasons why you should pick up a copy, plus find out where to buy Good Food magazine online.

Our bumper Christmas issue is here, packed with 100+ tried and tested recipes to inspire and help you plan the big day with ease. Find our foolproof time plan, simple make-ahead dishes, edible craft ideas, global festive traditions, ultimate gift guides and much, much more. We have star contributors: try Tom Kerridge’s pork wellington, Hero Hirsh’s guide to the perfect cheeseboard, and Benjamina Ebuehi’s Christmas pudding. There’s something inside for everyone.


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

10 reasons to buy the BBC Good Food Christmas issue

1. Free recipe calendar


Free with this month’s issue, our 2021 recipe calendar contains 12 classic seasonal recipes, including comforting salt & vinegar roast pork with potatoes and spiced walnut cake with pomegranate molasses frosting.

2. The Big Day

Vegan squash wreath

However you’re spending Christmas this year, we’ve got the food covered. From marvellous mains like crispy sage & lemon roast chicken and a stunning jewelled squash, chestnut & mushroom wreath, to mix-and-match sides like pan-fried sprouts with crunchy chorizo crumbs.

3. Show-stopping bakes

Mint chocolate dipped cookies

Make Christmas special by whipping up one of our brilliant bakes. Choose from Christmas sticky toffee pudding, ‘brookies’, mincemeat, marzipan & apple tarte fine, chocolate orange babka, mint chocolate chip cookies or snowy coconut loaf cake.

4. BBC Good Food’s Christmas Taste Awards

Christmas Taste Awards winners

Our annual Christmas Taste Awards is back. We invited thirteen of the UK’s top supermarkets to enter their most delicious festive products to find our favourites in categories including mince pies, turkey centrepiece, gammon and desserts. Don’t do your Christmas shopping without it!

5. Homemade Christmas

Christmas fudge cut into chunks

Whether you’re avoiding the shops or just want to give something extra special, we’ve got plenty of homemade gift ideas. Learn how to make homemade Christmas crackers, wreath place settings and clementine-printed gift tags.

6. Our stunning cover cake

Good Food Christmas issue free calendar

Impress your family with our epic cover recipe – a towering beauty of gently spiced soft sponge layered with fluffy vanilla buttercream and caramel, adorned with glittering sprinkles. We think you’ll agree, this cake is something special.

7. Traditions around the world

Lusikkaleivät (Finnishspoon biscuits)

What’s the dish that best encapsulates the yuletide season in your household? Three of our readers share their favourite festive recipes passed down from their families in Quebec, Jamaica and Finland.

8. Ultimate foodie gift guide

2020 Christmas gift guide opener

In need of Christmas gift inspiration? Check out contributor Melissa Thompson’s top ten gifts that give back to others, our round-up of foodie baubles for decorating the Christmas tree, and don’t miss our Christmas gift guide, featuring 50 fab festive gifts for foodies.

9. Easy meal solutions

Baked garlic prawns with roasted peppers and gremolata toasts

Whether it’s Diana Henry’s freeze-ahead dishes for last-minute guests, or Cassie’s simple and quick Christmas eve seafood feast – there’s a meal fix for everyone.

10. Budget-friendly meals

Carrot pilaf with coriander chutney

There’s still plenty of every day recipe ideas with our round-up of cheap yet satisfying midweek dinners for winter.


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