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 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 more. 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.
"I read it greedily. Thank you." - Nigella Lawson
"If you love food, complications and all, then Ruby's incisive manifesto - to enjoy food for what it is - is for you." -Thomasina Miers
"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'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" - The Times
"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