Henry Dimbleby knows how to think big about one thing we all have in common: food, and the need to eat. Having been pulled into the pandemic task force that looked at supply chains and kept food on the shelves at our most crucial hour, Ravenous is a manifesto and action plan rooted in his extensive research and lived experience. This book responds to the critical need to balance the interconnected demands of the environment, health and nutrition, the cost of living and food security – it's an urgent conversation that embraces everything, from land use to education to levelling up to trade.
Dimbleby takes you behind the scenes to show the mechanisms that act together, accidentally or otherwise, to make us eat what we eat. He explains why the food system has created a global crisis of diet-related disease and environmental destruction. But not only that – he also shows that these outcomes are not inevitable; that we do not need to remain trapped in this system.
Henry Dimbleby is the co-founder of LEON, and the Director of The Sustainable Restaurant Association, which runs some of London's most successful street food markets. His work with DEFRA culminated in the National Food Strategy – a policy proposal widely praised by industry wide figures such as Yotam Ottolenghi and Sir Partha Dasgupta. In 2013 he co-authored The School Food Plan, which set out actions to transform what children eat in schools and how they learn about food.