Ravenous (Hardback)

How to get ourselves and our planet into shape

Henry Dimbleby, Jemima Lewis

The food system no longer serves us: it's killing us. Here's why we should be hungry for change

A Times Best Book to Watch out for in 2023'

A Financial Times 'Book to Read in 2023'

A Guardian '2023 in books: highlights for the year ahead' Book

You may not be aware of this - not consciously, at least - but you do not control what you eat. Every mouthful you take is informed by the subtle tweaking and nudging of a vast, complex, global system: one so intimately woven into everyday life that you hardly even know it's there.

The food system is no longer simply a means of sustenance. It is one of the most successful, most innovative and most destructive industries on earth. It sustains us, but it is also killing us. Diet-related disease is now the biggest cause of preventable illness and death in the developed world - far worse than smoking. The environmental damage done by the food system is also changing climate patterns and degrading the earth, risking our food security.

Few people know the workings of the food system better than Henry Dimbleby, founder of the Leon restaurant chain, government adviser and author of the radical National Food Strategy. In Ravenous, he takes us behind the scenes to reveal the mechanisms that act together to shape the modern diet - and therefore the world. He explains not just why the food system is leading us into disaster, but what can be done about it.

Publication date: 23/03/2023

£14.99

ISBN: 9781800816510

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, Health & Wellbeing, Politics & Economics

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How to get ourselves and our planet into shape

Henry Dimbleby, Jemima Lewis

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The food system no longer serves us: it's killing us. Here's why we should be hungry for change

A Times Best Book to Watch out for in 2023'

A Financial Times 'Book to Read in 2023'

A Guardian '2023 in books: highlights for the year ahead' Book

You may not be aware of this - not consciously, at least - but you do not control what you eat. Every mouthful you take is informed by the subtle tweaking and nudging of a vast, complex, global system: one so intimately woven into everyday life that you hardly even know it's there.

The food system is no longer simply a means of sustenance. It is one of the most successful, most innovative and most destructive industries on earth. It sustains us, but it is also killing us. Diet-related disease is now the biggest cause of preventable illness and death in the developed world - far worse than smoking. The environmental damage done by the food system is also changing climate patterns and degrading the earth, risking our food security.

Few people know the workings of the food system better than Henry Dimbleby, founder of the Leon restaurant chain, government adviser and author of the radical National Food Strategy. In Ravenous, he takes us behind the scenes to reveal the mechanisms that act together to shape the modern diet - and therefore the world. He explains not just why the food system is leading us into disaster, but what can be done about it.

Publication date: 23/03/2023

£12.99

ISBN: 9781800816534

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B0B7Q11WJH

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, Health & Wellbeing, Politics & Economics

Reviews for Ravenous

'Food should be a source of joy, but the way we eat is leading us into disaster. This is a delicious, highly digestible guide to building a better food system, for the sake of our bodies and our planet.'

Prue Leith 

'We need a food revolution to ensure children don't go hungry, eat right, and reach their potential. Ravenous is a truly important book'

Tom Kerridge 

'An important read that will change the way we look at food - for the better!'

Jamie Oliver 

'Emerging from Dimbleby's work on food supply chains during the pandemic, Ravenous explores the structures of the global food system and how environmental, health and nutritional concerns can harmoniously coexist'

'The Books to Read in 2023' Financial Times

'Praise for Henry Dimbleby's National Food Strategy'

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'From field to fork, extraordinary work is being done to try and build a better food system for everyone ... [including] Henry Dimbleby's ambitions for safe, healthy and affordable food'

HRH King Charles III Today

'This is a compelling and overdue plan of action. If the Government adopts it, we will, at last, be putting our food system on the right path to health and prosperity'

Prue Leith 

'Dimbleby has worked through an incredibly complex landscape and resulted in a set of comprehensive, eminently workable recommendations that are practical and will have a direct impact on our lives'

Tom Kerridge 

'There is a nutritional gap between rich and poor in this country, and it's a slowly unfolding tragedy. Dimbleby not only recognises this - he has a plan to do something about it'

Dame Louise Casey 

'Analytically tight, empirically thorough ... [Dimbleby's] recommendations are detailed, convincing, and would be entirely implementable if we cared about ourselves and the world around us'

Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and author The Economics of Biodiversity

Henry Dimbleby

Henry Dimbleby

Henry Dimbleby is the co-founder of LEON, and the Director of The Sustainable Restaurant Association, which runs some of London's most successful street food markets. His work with DEFRA culminated in the National Food Strategy – a policy proposal widely praised by industry wide figures such as Yotam Ottolenghi and Sir Partha Dasgupta. In 2013 he co-authored The School Food Plan, which set out actions to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food.

Jemima Lewis

Jemima Lewis

Jemima Lewis is a weekly columnist for the Telegraph, and the former editor of The Week.