Gordon, Nigella, Jamie, Heston – get ahead for Christmas with our festive Food Issue

Plus, Victoria Pendleton opens her Strictly diary, Michael Portillo reveals how TV kept him sane and Victoria Coren shares her love of Downton Abbey...


Warning: do not approach this week’s Radio Times on an empty stomach. Why? Well, it’s our seasonal Food Issue, packed with mouth-watering dishes created by TV’s finest cooks…


From Gordon Ramsay’s garlic and chestnut stuffing to Nigel Slater’s apfelstrudel, Nigella’s ginger-glazed ham to Delia’s iced lemon curd layer cake, we’ve got all the sweet and savoury recipes you need to make this year’s Christmas truly delicious, all handily contained in a special nine-page pull-out.

And super-chef Heston Blumenthal is on hand to explain why he’s trying to stir up a 70s food revival in his new Channel 4 series and lamenting the fact that “we don’t use enough nostalgia in food”.

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We’ve still more food for thought from Madhur Jaffrey, who shares her recipe for authentic vindaloo and explains why chefs shouldn’t be rude, as well as culinary tips from MasterChef experts John Torode and Michel Roux Jr on the best ways to get kids interested in cookery and how to cook like a pro.

Victoria Pendleton shares the latest entry from her Strictly diary and reveals that her mum’s her number one fan, while former politician Michael Portillo explains how TV kept him sane after he left Westminster, and actor Gabriel Byrne details his rise from the factory floor to the Hollywood A-list.

Jonathan Dimbleby argues that Churchill’s cunning secured more than victory at El Alamein during the Second World War, 5 Live’s Jonathan Overend reflects on a year spent following tennis star Andy Murray on tour, and one-of-a-kind football pundit Stuart Hall rounds up the week’s sporting highlights.

Guest columnist Victoria Coren joins our ranks this week to celebrate Downton Abbey, while Sarah Millican laments the fact that, while she enjoys Kirstie Allsopp’s craft-based TV programmes, she can’t replicate the Location, Location, Location presenter’s handywork.


Regular columnist Andrew Collins unearths the secrets of The Inbetweeners Movie’s success, and Eddie Mair gets some laughs out of the myriad frustrations that come with being fitted for glasses. It’s all in this week’s Radio Times, available now priced £1.40.