Recipe: Christmas lebkuchen

One taste of German gingerbread and you’ll be hooked

How to survive the party season

It’s going to be murder out there, from now till New Year. Spectactor Life writers explain how to get through it

How goose flew back into festive fashion

The traditional Christmas bird is making a comeback

We name and shame the worst mark-ups in London restaurants

An average Sauternes from a below-average ­vintage costs £460 plus service when it retails for less than £50

Venison: the ultimate Ethical Carnivore dish

In the final column in an exclusive series for Spectator Life Louise Gray describes her most ethical meal and what a year killing to eat has taught her.

Four of the best Christmas hampers

Spectator Life runs the gamut from Waitrose to Harrods

The rise of macaron mania

Have you noticed that you can’t move for macarons? Those little almond cakes are everywhere. Once ignored in favour of…

High Life v Low Life

One covers Park Lane, the other Skid Row. But who really has the more refined palate?

Don’t put jelly in my trifle — I may throw a wobbly

My recipe harks back to the one by Hannah Glasse in 1747

Life’s still too short to drink bad wine

Jonathan Ray on how he updated and expanded Simon Hoggart’s classic guide for wine connoisseurs

Mezcal: The Day of the Dead’s most potent spirit

Leave tequila on the shelf and give Mexico’s other fiery booze a try

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is an insult to a noble fruit

Starbucks’ seasonal special is a Halloween horror

Can corn flakes kill the sex drive?

Imagine if there was a cereal that could stop you masturbating

An absolutely fabulous guide to quaffing champagne

Ab Fab’s Helen Lederer celebrates National Champagne Week in style

Mackerel: an easy catch of the day

The Ethical Carnivore offers up her recipe for mackerel baked in oatmeal with gooseberry sauce