Think about that first tickle of hunger in your stomach. A moment ago, you could have been thinking about anything, but now it's thickly buttered marmite toast, a frosty scoop of ice cream straight from the tub, some creamy, cheesy scrambled eggs or a fuzzy, perfectly-ripe peach.
Eating is one of life's greatest pleasures. Food nourishes our bodies, helps us celebrate our successes (from a wedding cake to a post-night out kebab), cheers us up when we're down, introduces us to new cultures and - when we cook and eat together - connects us with the people we love.
In Eat Up!, Ruby Tandoh celebrates the fun and pleasure of food, taking a look at everything from gluttons and gourmets in the movies, to the symbolism of food and sex. She will arm you against the fad diets, food crazes and bad science that can make eating guilt-laden and expensive, drawing eating inspiration from influences as diverse as Roald Dahl, Nora Ephron and Gemma from TOWIE.
Filled with straight-talking, sympathetic advice on everything from mental health to recipe ideas and shopping tips, this is a book that clears away the fog, to help you fall back in love with food.
About the Author
Ruby Tandoh is an author and journalist who writes for, among others, the Guardian, Elle and Vice. A finalist on the 2013 Great British Bake Off, she has published two cookery books, Crumb and Flavour. She lives in Sheffield.
I read it greedily. Thank you. -- Nigella Lawson
Eat Up! is brilliant. Thought-provoking, hunger-stoking and so very well written. Buy it. You won't regret it. -- Meera Sodha
A wonderful read, whatever you eat. Loved this book for helping me rediscover joy in food when 'new year, new me' diet rhetoric was getting unbearable. -- Reni Eddo-Lodge
If you love food, complications and all, then Ruby's incisive manifesto - to enjoy food for what it is - is for you. * Thomasina Miers *
Eat Up! is a joyous manifesto for flavour and sanity. It will give you more nourishment and wellness - not to mention waffles! - than any number of clean eating books. Tandoh takes in everything from Nepalese chicken dumplings to the science of taste; from blackberrying to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Ruby Tandoh has written a genre-busting antidote to food-anxiety. You come away from it feeling braver and determined to eat with more freedom and gusto. I loved it. * Bee Wilson *
I not only ate it up, I devoured it! A salutary reminder that food is about nourishment in all its senses - thank you Ruby for putting the pleasure back into eating. -- Helen Goh, co-author of Sweet (with Yotam Ottolenghi)
Ruby Tandoh has written a hand grenade of a book. What I love most about Eat Up is all of the books that it isn't. It isn't a recipe collection full of soft-focus food pornography, the author lifting something glistening to her perfect lips, alone in an immaculate kitchen. It isn't a manual for how to save your soul by way of micronutrient-inflected mortification of the flesh. It is not a memoir of one young woman's emotional journey, served rare with a side of gawking and a comforting, sweet finish. Like Tandoh, it refuses to be anything but what it is: a strange, special, occasionally repetitive book that is somehow so much more than it was meant to be ... she takes graceful aim at the cult of wellness, front-loads the economics of food poverty and provides a recipe for a can of fizzy pop, cold from the fridge ... Eat Up is part-Delia Smith, part-Irvine Welsh. -- Laurie Penny * New Statesman *
Ruby's writing in Eat Up! is moreish. Her third book is witty, thoughtful, epigrammatic, sometimes scholarly and always passionate ... Eat Up!'s mission is to replace our collective nervousness about food with guilt-free appreciation -- Andrew Billen * Times *
Eat Up is really, really, really good -- Dolly Alderton * The High Low Podcast *
Tandoh takes the reader on an optimistic, witty, inclusive ride through our relationship with food ... she is at her best when she is giddy with the joy of cooking ... a warm, reassuring book [and] a defiantly upbeat read -- Lisa Markwell * The i Paper *
Tandoh has built up a body of food writing that is as incisive about the relationship between eating disorders and health culture as it is on the undervalued appeal of food memoirs -- Charlie Hiller * Food and Wine *
A passionate, common-sense manifesto that celebrates food in all its guises, and debunks damaging ideas * Olive Magazine *
Tandoh examines knotty issues with both gravity and humour, her enthusiasm for the pleasure of eating - sun-warmed Essex blackberries or a perfectly composed Burger King - running through each chapter like the lettering on a stick of seaside rock. Eat Up is a timely reminder that food is something to savour. * Observer *
Ruby Tandoh's manifesto for ditching the guilt and putting the pleasure back into eating * Glamour *