Recipe: nordic christmas gravlax

A surprisingly straightforward take on cured salmon

Christmas Dinner in a box

We investigate three hassle-free options for Christmas dinner

Recipe: Cheese Straws

The perfect nibble for the Christmas party season

A vegan Christmas dinner done properly

How to rustle up a delicious, meat-free meal on Christmas Day

What do they serve up on diplomatic plates?

Exclusive insider info from the top tables at grand embassies

My Thai chicken had a garnish of ‘sang de rat’

Decades ago, my diplomat husband was posted to Delhi and I was invited to a ladies’ lunch. Bowls of consommé…

Recipe: Christmas lebkuchen

One taste of German gingerbread and you’ll be hooked

A triumph from the Dolomites

The best Super Tuscan that’s not from Tuscany

For festive drinking, choose Christmas spirits

December is a great time of the year to rebel against what Kingsley Amis called ‘the tyranny of wine’

The best craft gins to buy

Britain’s favourite spirit comes in many fine forms

Recipe: Bread and butter pudding

An extravagantly rich version of the all-time classic pudding

Christmas sandwiches 2018: the best and worst

This year’s festive offerings tasted and rated

Recipe: Mackerel pâté

A delicious supper, snack or starter that takes no time at all to whizz up

Recipe: Seed cake

Strongly-flavoured cakes are out of fashion, but this old classic deserves to be rediscovered

Simpson’s in the Strand: spruced up and still special

A year on from its refurbishment, Simpson’s remains one of the London’s must-visit restaurants

Introducing Table Talk, a new podcast from Spectator Life

Prue Leith on the worst cake she ever made, why she hates washing up, and what she takes away from the Great British Bake Off

Recipe: S’mores

The American campfire treat that’s perfect for Bonfire Night

Recipe: Pumpkin pie

An all-American classic for autumn

Recipe: Mince and dumplings

Our Vintage Chef rediscovers a childhood favourite

Recipe: Parkin

Be prepared for Bonfire Night with a delicious Yorkshire ginger cake

Can sherry make a comeback?

‘Granny’s favourite’ is no longer the ubiquitous tipple it once was in British homes – and it’s struggling in Spain, too

Recipe: Poached pears

Poach your pears in red wine for a visually stunning and tasty dessert

GBBO’s Paul Jagger: Top tips for baking bread

The Great British Bake Off contestant, whose lion bread wowed Paul Hollywood, shares some knead to know information

Recipe: Spiced apple cake

The ultimate cake for the autumn months

Ryder Cup 2018: American vs European beers

The beers to drink while watching Europe and America’s best golfers do battle