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A Change of Appetite

On sale

3rd March 2014

Price: £30

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781845337841

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‘Cookery Book of The Year’ Guild of Food Writers Awards

Shortlisted for the André Simon Awards

Nominated for The Bookseller Cookery Book Award, Sponsored by Foyles

What happened when one of today’s best-loved food writers had a change of appetite? Here are the dishes that Diana Henry created when she started to crave a different kind of diet – less meat and heavy food, more vegetable-, fish- and grain-based dishes – often inspired by the food of the Middle East and Far East, but also drawing on cuisines from Georgia to Scandinavia.

Curious about what ‘healthy eating’ really means, and increasingly bombarded by both readers and friends for recipes that are ‘good for you’, Diana disocovered a lighter, fresher way of eating. From a Cambodian salad of prawns, grapefruit, toasted coconut and mint or North African mackerel with cumin to blood orange and cardamom sorbet, the magical dishes in this book are bursting with flavour, goodness and colour. Peppering the recipes is Diana’s inimitable writing on everything from the miracle of broth to the great carbohydrate debate. Above all, this is about opening up our palates to new possibilities. There is no austerity here, simply fabulous food which nourishes body and soul.


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Diana Henry's passion is infectious and her recipes tantalising.
Nigella Lawson on Salt, Sugar, Smoke
There are just so many recipes I long to try out - my copy is littered with post-its.
Yotam Ottolenghi
Everything Diana Henry cooks I want to eat.
Nigella Lawson (tweeted on receiving her copy)
Can't wait to cook from it (reading this in bed this arvo).
Nigella Lawson
As ever, her recipes are gorgeously greed-inducing, and the feel of the book - the beauty of its photographs should be mentioned here - is calmly but gloriously uplifting.
Jack Monroe (author of A Girl Called Jack)
Absolutely gorgeous and so inspiring!
Emma Sturgess, Metro
A committed pleasure-monger, turning out really good recipes that scream to be made over and over again.
Eat Travel Live Magazine
This is the cookbook we have all been waiting for.
Our favourite food book so far this year.
The Sunday Telegraph
It's obvious which cookbooks are the most used on my kitchen shelf. Dog-eared and besmattered, they include all that Diana Henry has ever written.
BBC Good Food Magazine
Diana meets the challenge of improving your diet without sacrificing flavour.
Country & Town House
Share with good friends.
I'm dedicating this month to following as many of her recipes as possible.
The Mail on Sunday YOU
Deliciously Healthy!
This is good food for people who love eating.
With nods to the Middle East, Thailand and Japan, her delicate, fragrant dishes are just what we're craving.
A Little Bird
Once in a while a cookbook comes along that has you drooling long before you actually cook anything from it.
Karen Barnes, Editor, Delicious
[Diana Henry's] been on a mission to seek out food that's good for you but doesn't involve denial, smug abstinence or (natural consequence of both) gloom. The results are light, fresh and full of flavour.
Neil Gerrard, Caterer & Hotelkeeper
Henry's passion for food, as well as a considerable amount of research, shines through this book, which provides ample inspiration for a healthy menu with a difference.
Bath Chronicle
One of the best flavour queens out there... the recipes are invigorating and lovely.
The Times
Who says vegetables are boring? Diana Henry scoured the world for recipes that are 'good for you' but don't skimp in flavour.
Time Out picks for 2014
Proof that healthy eating can be tasty too.
The Week
As featured in Best Food Books 2014
The New York Times
In every one I tried, the flavors sparkled, the colors on the plate glowed, the dishes truly satisfied.