Ed Balls


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Simon & Schuster Ltd
19 August 2021
ISBN: 9781398504745
336 pages

From the publisher


'Charming' - The Sunday Times
'Delicious' - Daily Mail
'Wonderful' -
Stephen Fry
'Delightful' - Delia Smith

'Brilliant' - Claudia Winkleman
'Joyous' - Caitlin Moran
'Entertaining' - Observer
Funny' - Ken Follett

'Glorious' - Daily Express
'Touching' - Robert Peston

Appetite is a memoir with a twist: each chapter is a recipe that tells a story.

Ed Balls was just three weeks old when he tried his first meal in 1967: pureed roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. From that moment on he was hooked on food.

Taught to cook by his mother, Ed's now passing her wisdom on to his own kids as they start to fly the nest. Reflecting on his life in recipes, Ed takes us from his grandma's shepherd's pie to his first trip to a restaurant in the 1970s (and ordering an orange juice as a starter); from the inner workings of Westminster to the pressures of parenting. This is a collection of the meals he loves most, and the memories they bring back.

The world may have changed since 1967, but the best recipes last a lifetime. Appetite is a celebration of love, family, and really good food.