The former Labour shadow chancellor is now a master chef after losing his seat as parliamentary speaker in 2015. Celebrity Best Home Cook was his award and he has written an entertaining memoir that includes childhood memories, politics reminiscences, and favorite recipes.
The book is dedicated to his mom, who taught his how to cook at 11 years old, and to his dad who taught him how it was to love to eat. It was also inspired by his oldest daughter, who asked for a compilation of his recipes as she went to university.
His favorite dish is roast beef. It is a favorite dish of his wife Yvette Cooper, their three children and every Sunday he cooks it. He also serves it as a meal to his campaign team on the evening before his election.
Balls thinks that eating together is essential for our collective health and well-being.
His grandma used to make shepherd’s pie for him. He also remembers eating tinned fruits with evaporated milk.
His Westminster years are the most interesting part of his book, with the 1993 lunch at which Peter Mandelson invited him to quit journalism for the role as Gordon Brown’s advisor.
Mandelson’s tomato soup, French bread, and green salad were delicious, but Balls thought they were only the beginning of the meal.
He writes, “If I were hosting someone I would have liked to see them turn down another helping of dessert.”
This book is delicious, no matter what your political affiliation.
Balls is a great person. Although they aren’t complicated or fussy, recipes like his mom’s lasagna and apple and blackberry tartare are a wonderful celebration of good family food.
Publited at Fri, 20 August 2021 16:40:00 +0000