Our December issue is here, packed with recipes to inspire you right through the festive season, from Christmas to New Year and everything in between. Alongside extra-special festive canapés, nibbles, sides, starters and mains and showstopping desserts, we have plenty of quick and easy recipes too, including Diana Henry’s laid-back New Year’s Eve menu and our easiest-ever midweek meals, which are all ready in 30 mins or less.
Plus, if you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas, we’ve got you covered with a round-up of our favourite foodie hampers as well as Victoria Moore’s pick of the best wines and fizz.
10 reasons to buy the BBC Good Food Christmas issue
1) Free Festive Baking recipe collection
Free with this month’s magazine, our Festive Bakes collection features over fifteen cakes, bakes and puddings – everything from mince pies to alternative Christmas Day Dessert ideas.
2) 12 days of Christmas
Shake up your festive food traditions this year with our twelve revamped Christmas classics, including an epic no-cook grazing platter, the ultimate Christmas sandwich, new ways with glazed ham and fresh ideas for NYE cocktails and canapés.
3) Simple starters
Always stumped when it comes to starters? We share four super-speedy, simple ideas, ready in fifteen minutes or less, including crab & cucumber crumpets and broccoli caesar salad.
4) Dreamy desserts
Round off a special festive meal in style with one of our showstopping puds, including an impressive layered chocolate & peanut butter pavlova, fruit-topped baked vegan cheesecake and speculoos profiterole wreath.
5) Family NYE party
Celebrating New Year’s Eve at home with the family? Try our fun, family-friendly party food, including pizza fondue dip, pull-apart meatball sliders, chicken wing dippers with teriyaki dip and a giant cinnamon bun!
6) Retro reinvented
Revisit retro favourites, with a twist. Columnist Melissa Thompson has updated classic seasonal recipes – try her Cajun-style prawn cocktail, turkey curry patties and mango & coconut trifles.
7) Solo solutions
Cooking for yourself on Christmas Day? We share a fab festive recipe for one, covering all the best festive flavours in one, easy-to-prepare dish.
8) Seasonal stars
Rosie Birkett breathes new life into Christmas leftovers with her seasonal recipes, from leftover Christmas lunch patties with gochujang mayo to rye Christmas pudding cookies.
9) Star chefs
Tom Kerridge cooks his ultimate turkey dinner for six, John Torode shares his recipe for fragrant prawn, squash and pineapple curry and Emma Freud bakes vegan gingerbread with Nigella Lawson and chats about her new book, Cook, Eat, Repeat.
10) Best of the booze
Victoria Moore chooses her favourite wines, ports and fizz to enjoy over the festive season, Marverine Cole shares her top three beers and Miriam Nice whips up four festive cocktails.