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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

The Perfect Holiday Sugar Cookie: Biscochitos

Andrew Zimmern's Biscochitos

One bite of these amazingly balanced little beauties will have you hooked. They are the sine qua non of the holiday cookie world. Trust me.

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Vintage Christmas

How Julia Child Celebrated Christmas

How Julia Child Celebrated Christmas

Julia Child's Christmas celebrations were beloved by everyone – except reclusive writer M.F.K. Fisher. Fisher's great-nephew, Luke Barr, discovers what she missed. Read more >

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F&W Gift Guide

Jason Stratton's Style Picks

Jason Stratton's Style Picks

Jason Stratton's style picks are perfect for similarly fearless and adventurous cooks ready to tackle any DIY project. Read more >

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F&W Gift Guide

Gift Picks Worthy of Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson's Style Picks

Here, Marcus Samuelsson's style picks are picked out by his wife Maya Haile. Check out what she'd buy her stylish husband. Read more >

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F&W Gift Guide

Christina Tosi's Style Picks

Christina Tosi's Style Picks

Christina Tosi's style picks reflect her vintage sensibilities and are perfect for women who love fondue parties and a DIY approach in the kitchen. Read more >

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F&W Gift Guide

Geoffrey Zakarian's Style Picks

Geoffrey Zakarian's Style Picks

Known for his tailored style and signature specs, the The Lambs Club (New York City) chef and Chopped judge tells what to give the guy who appreciates classic cocktails and sleek leather banquettes. Read more >

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F&W Gift Guide

Carrot Jam, Homemade Limoncello and More Fantastic Food Gifts

Eugenia Bone, author of The Kitchen Ecosystem

Eugenia Bone, author of The Kitchen Ecosystem, talks with Dana Cowin about her favorite food gifts. Read more >

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F&W Best List

Chefs' Favorite Chinese Restaurants for Christmas Day

Danny Bowien. © Jasmin Sun

Danny Bowien. © Jasmin Sun

Chinese food: the Christmas day choice of non-celebrants and anyone interested in an unconventional holiday meal. Here, eight chefs share their favorite places to eat Chinese food in the country. »

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Expert Lessons

Incredible Christmas Cookie Gifts Tags

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Christmas Cookie Gift Tags

Christmas Cookie Gifts Tags © Seton Rossini.

F&W’s Seton Rossini applies her graphic design talents to the gorgeous dessert blog Pixel Whisk. Some of her entertaining showstoppers include cupcakes that so closely resemble adorable potted succulent plants that recipients might be tempted to water them, and DIY cake stands made from vintage plates and goblets. Here, she explains how to create clever edible gift tags using a delicious Food & Wine sugar cookie recipe flecked with lemon zest. As Seton says "These tasty Christmas cookies can double as gift tags, place settings or even ornaments! (Just keep your dogs and toddlers away from the tree or your ornaments will go missing.)"

To see how to transform cookies in just a few steps click through the slideshow

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Staff Favorites

Bronson van Wyck's Take-Home Style

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Take-Home Holiday Style

Photo © John Kernick.

Here’s what you’ll find at event planner Bronson van Wyck’s seasonal pop-up shop, through January 3, inside Manhattan’s Overbey & Dunn design store (19 Christopher St.).

Southern-Style Garlands
His garlands often feature magnolia leaves—some are gilded and others are flipped over to show the brown underside, a striking contrast to the dark-green leaves.

Bespoke Garlands and Wreaths
For customers who bring measurements, van Wyck’s shop will custom-make wreaths and garlands from magnolia leaves and other stunning foliage to fit individual spaces. From $300.

Christmas Trees
You can pick out a tree, then have it fitted with lights and hand-painted in amber by van Wyck’s staff. From $1,250.

Tartan Plaids
Tablecloths and napkins, some patterned after the tartan plaid of van Wyck’s mother’s Scottish clan, can be monogrammed in the store while you wait. From $100.

Signature Dressings and Mixers
Van Wyck bottled three kinds of salad dressings (two vinaigrettes and a Caesar) and two mixers (Bloody Mary and margarita) and hired Brooklyn design firm Madwell to create the retro labels. They are available online at vanwyck.net.

Related: Editor Picks: Perfect Presents
Best Christmas Gifts
Incredible Homemade Gifts

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Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

Run with chefs and wine experts in the Celebrity Chef 5K and dance all night at Gail Simmons’ Last Bite Dessert Party during the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 20-22.