Blogger and cookbook author
I love Diana Henry’s prose, and have dutifully collected all of her brilliant books. A Change of Appetite is my favourite. Released while the ‘clean eating’ trend was at its height, it is a book full of food that is ‘accidentally healthy’ – light, full of flavour, and completely delicious. One of the rare books that has a post-it note on almost every page; I have tried countless recipes from it, and all are perfect.
Food writer and historian
This life-enhancing book is one of the very few cookbooks that has ever tried to square the circle of pleasure and nutrition. When you cook from it, you feel the opposite of deprived. The recipes, rich with saffron and herbs, are not about 'clean eating' but what Henry describes as 'accidentally healthy' food.
Head chef, 69 Highbury Hill
I'm cooking my way through this at the moment and it's fantastic. There hasn't been a duff recipe so far. Try lamb scottadito, Japanese ginger and garlic chicken with smashed cucumber, pink rhubarb with star anise, grapefruit and mint sorbet. A complete hit and I'll be using it for years to come.
So difficult to chose which of Diana's books I love the most but this collection of "accidentally healthy" recipes is perhaps my favourite. A million miles away from all the "clean" eating trends, this is fabulously tasty food that we guzzle as a family with no sense of deprivation.
Straightforward, relatable, attuned to the world. I think cookbooks which are likeable and aware of their readership are an important thing. Plus the recipes are delicious and achievable.
Food and drink writer and TV presenter
I've just started a year-long project where my partner and I cook from just one book for a whole week. This book was the first and every recipe was a delight.
Lifestyle Director at Red Magazine
You'd never notice this was notionally a healthy eating book. What it lacks in fats and sugars it more than makes up for with everything else.
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