Meringue stack with cream and cherry glaze dripping

17 reasons why this is the best Christmas magazine EVER

Meringue tower, Edd Kimber's star bakes, sherry-glazed ham and all you need for festive entertaining. Our 2018 Christmas edition is packed full of festive treats, tips and everything in between. Read on for our top 17 reasons to pick up a copy.

Looking for the best Christmas food magazine for 2018 to get all of your Christmas recipes? olive magazine is THE food magazine to buy this Christmas, and here’s why…


We also have hundreds of triple-tested Christmas recipes for the festive period in our Christmas hub here.


Get your hands (literally) on our special Christmas cover.

We’ve gone all out with special treatments to make it feel even more special and luxe than normal with a velvety, soft-touch background (stroke it!), glossy, 3D-looking food, and metallic foil coverlines that sparkle in the light. Cop a feel! 

Christmas cover 2018


Make our celebratory black forest meringue tower (it’s the cover recipe this year).

This pud is the Christmas dessert everyone should be making for 2018. It’s a real showstopper, with layers of homemade, cocoa-flecked meringue, decadent mascarpone cream, silky chocolate ganache and kirsch-laced cherry compote.


Our expert guide to the perfect turkey, including a step-by-step recipe, the ultimate gravy and a Christmas day timeline.

This really is the only turkey guide you need for this Christmas.


Discover our ultimate festive centrepieces.

We’ve come up with the best festive entertaining recipes to cover the whole of the holidays, beyond turkey, from perfect sherry-glazed ham to a showstopping giant vegan wellington. Check out our ultimate wow-factor centrepieces to feed a crowd.

Sherry-glazed Ham Recipe


Save time in the aisles with the results of our Christmas Supermarket Awards.

Supermarkets become a battleground of trollies running up to the big day, so we’ve done the browsing for you. Get to the checkouts in record time with our expert-selected, ready-made saviours to keep you sane over the festive period. From Co-op’s white Christmas slow globe dessert to Waitrose’s indulgent cheese board, we’ve picked our top time-saving festive products on the shelves this Christmas.


Love your leftovers with recipes so good you’ll cook extra, just so you can make them.

From refried roasties and mac ’n’ cheese with ham and pickled onions, to loaded turkey naans and bread sauce and stuffing croquettes, make Christmas last longer and reduce your food waste with these easy recipes. 


Know what to drink with wine expert Kate Hawkings’ bargain bottles for the festive period.

Our expert chooses the most versatile wines for all your Christmas needs. 


Impress friends and family with Edd Kimber’s star, get-ahead puds for Christmas.

Baileys tiramisu trifle, Speculoos cheesecake and a stunning pandora semifreddo to turn heads. Here are some more of Edd’s incredible bakes to try

Edd Kimber Christmas Trifle Recipe


Make festive entertaining easy with our party canapé recipes.

Our bitesize treats will wow your guests, from mini chorizo and cheddar tacos to warming merguez sausage rolls.


Keep entertaining simple with our festive tray bakes.

Check out our recipes for vibrant vegan and veggie traybakes, plus our one-tray Christmas dinner that includes every festive favourite (and there’s much less washing-up!).


Get your hands on the recipe for THE best Boxing Day toastie you’ll ever come across.

Christmas Toastie Recipe


Serve up sensational sides.

Power up your Christmas table this year with our awesome accompaniments – from spuds to sprouts. More ideas here…


Swot up on the most exciting new restaurants for 2019, so you can be the first to bag a table. 


Plan a foodie getaway this winter with our travel section.

Russian kebabs by the Black Sea and cardamom-laced coffee in Kerala, along with snaps from our trip to foodie ski hub Val d’Aran.

Aerial image of Rajasthan


Find out where to stop for a glass of wine or a quick lunch in Manchester to rest your feet between Christmas shopping sprees.


The best Christmas yule log for this year, with a grown-up twist.

Clue: Baileys and Ferrero Rocher are involved…



Our lowdown on Christmas cheats and hacks will make entertaining easier than ever for 2018.

Insider tips from the olive cookery team including how to assemble the prettiest cheeseboard, creating a comforting mulled hot chocolate, and transforming forgotten bottles from the drinks cupboard into delicious cocktails.