Billed as an incisive manifesto by Ruby Tandoh, cookbook author and finalist on the 2013 series of The Great British Bake Off, this is partly an essay mixed with a self-help vibe, partly a memoir with a few recipes thrown in. Ruby aims to put the joy back into eating, at a time when many people are anxious about food and confused by a million mixed messages on the right and wrong ways to eat.

Her main point is to remind people that it’s just as OK to scarf down a Big Mac as it is to cook a huge family feast. It’s not an academic study but zooms around past Kim Kardashian, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Da Vinci’s The Last Supper while tackling topics as diverse as eating disorders, ethical eating, mental health, gender politics, food ethics and neuroscience. You’ve got to love an incisive manifesto that has a whole chapter on eating a Cadbury’s Creme Egg.