Eat Up!: Food, Appetite, and Eating What You Want

Vintage. Jul. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780593466810. pap. $16. COOKING
Tandoh (Cook as You Are), a finalist on the Great British Bake Off in 2013, offers a series of essays with a personal touch that takes readers on a meditative journey, challenging notions embedded in diet culture and defying the food police. She explores the fine balance between food as a source of physical and emotional pleasure, nourishment, joy, and more. She also takes a critical look at the concept of clean eating, aiming to serve as an antidote to the “confused, disjointed approaches to food” that have taken over the conversation on food. Combining thoughts, experiences, and recipes with insight on food, cooking, and nutrition, Tandoh meditates on the messy business of eating, diet, and people’s relationships with food, hunger, and disordered eating. Recipes are interspersed throughout the text, inspired by Tandoh’s personal experiences and designed to introduce readers to cooking without pretense.
VERDICT A colorful, thoughtful collection that reads like memoir-meets–food science, perfect for foodies and anyone looking to examine their relationship with food and celebrate the joy of eating.
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