We are excited to welcome broadcaster, writer and economist Ed Balls to Durham Book Festival to talk about his new memoir Appetite.

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.

Taught to cook by his mother, Ed’s now passing her wisdom on to his own kids as they start to fly the nest. 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; 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.

Ed Balls is a dad, cook, pianist, economist, broadcaster, writer, chairman, retired dancer and former Cabinet Minister. His 2016 book Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

Chaired by Claire Malcolm, New Writing North.