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.

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.  Appetite is a celebration of love, family, and really good food.

Chaired by Claire Malcolm, New Writing North

Ed Balls is a dad, cook, pianist, economist, broadcaster, writer, chairman, retired dancer and former Cabinet Minister. 

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