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A Memoir in Recipes and Family and Food


‘Delightfully different’ – Delia Smith
Ed Balls was just three weeks old when he tried his first meal: pureed roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. While perhaps ill-advised by modern weaning standards, it worked for him in 1967, and from that moment on he was hooked on food.
Appetite is a memoir with a twist: part autobiography, part cookbook, each chapter is a recipe that tells a story. Ed was taught to cook by his mother, and now he’s passing these recipes on to his own children as they start to fly the nest. Sitting round the table year after year, the world around us may change, but great recipes last a lifetime.
Appetite is a celebration of love, family, and really good food.

Ed Balls is a broadcaster, writer and economist. He is Professor of Political Economy at King's College, London and a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, co-Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and Vice-President and former Chairman of Norwich City Football Club. In his political career, Ed was an MP from 2005 to 2015 and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer between 2011 and 2015.  On radio and TV, he is best known for his series Travels in Trumpland: with Ed Balls, his appearance on the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing and his regular broadcasts on BBC's The One Show, Radio 2 and Radio 4. Ed lives in London and Castleford with his wife Yvette Cooper MP and their three children. His 2016 book Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. 

  • Publisher: Gallery UK (August 19, 2021)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398504752