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For us, nothing sum up the sights, smells and flavours of November quite like a proper Bonfire Night party. When we were little it was all about crisp skinned jacket spuds in the back garden and Nana's famous parkin; these days we prefer gathering friends to cook up a feast with big batches of steaming hot chilli, sausages in various guises and gallons of warm cider to wash it down.

This issue is packed with inspiration for all kinds of autumn comfort food – from Rachel Allen's fireside suppers to Tom Kerridge's cosy home cooking and a decadent trio of chocolate bakes. Our drinks columnist Sophie Atherton has also delved into the world of smoked beers to find the tastiest ales for your Bonfire Night feasting – they might sound unusual, but we're complete converts!

Meanwhile in our fab interview with the Hairy Bikers, Si and Dave talk about their favourite foodie regions (Cumbria and the North East, of course) and the British ingredients they love to cook with in November, plus food writer Lizzie Enfield gets up close and personal with wild boar in the Sussex countryside.

Have a delicious month!

Great British Food Magazine

With top chefs clamouring to cook with local, seasonal and British produce and increasing numbers of small producers creating delicious regional food for everyone to enjoy, there has never been a better time to celebrate the revival of British food.

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