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In conversation with former politician and star of Strictly, Ed Balls

Posted on 28 October 2021

In October, Ed Balls, broadcaster, writer and economist and former politician spoke with Academy Manager, Marianne Fuller about his new book Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food.  Appetite is a memoir with a twist: part autobiography, part cookbook, each chapter is a recipe that tells a story.

Ed was taught to cook by his mother, and now he's passing these recipes on to his children as they start to fly the nest. Sitting around the table year after year, the world around us may change, but great recipes last a lifetime. Appetite is a celebration of love, family, and really good food.

As a former MP, Ed was UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2011-2015) and served in the UK Cabinet as Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (2007-2010). Ed is married to Yvette Cooper MP and was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016. 

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