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Ravenous: How to get ourselves and our planet into shape

The cover of Ravenous: How to get ourselves and our planet into shape by Henry Dimbleby, featuring a donut colored to look like the world with a bite taken out of Europe.

This book provides a behind-the-scenes look at the current food system and its destructive nature. Author Henry Dimbleby explains not just why he thinks the food system is a disaster waiting to happen, but what can be done about it.

Publisher’s summary

The food system no longer serves us: it's killing us. Here's why we should be hungry for change


'Brilliant - a must read' Tim Spector

'Ravenous is a revelation: a fast-paced, entertaining and often jaw-dropping guide to the modern food system, why it is putting us all in danger, and how we can escape its clutches' Andi Oliver, Chef and Broadcaster

'Will change the way we look at food - for the better!' Jamie Oliver

'Gripping' India Knight

A manifesto for revolutionising our food system

You may not be aware of this - not consciously, at least - but you do not control what you eat. Every mouthful you take is informed by the subtle tweaking and nudging of a vast, complex, global system: one so intimately woven into everyday life that you hardly even know it's there.

The food system is no longer simply a means of sustenance. It is one of the most successful, most innovative and most destructive industries on earth. It sustains us, but it is also killing us. Diet-related disease is now the biggest cause of preventable illness and death in the developed world - far worse than smoking. The environmental damage done by the food system is also changing climate patterns and degrading the earth, risking our food security.

Few people know the workings of the food system better than Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain, government adviser and author of the radical National Food Strategy. In Ravenous, he takes us behind the scenes to reveal the mechanisms that act together to shape the modern diet - and therefore the world. He explains not just why the food system is leading us into disaster, but what can be done about it.



Dimbleby, H. and Lewis, J. (2023). Ravenous: How to get ourselves and our planet into shape. Profile Books, London.


Read more here. See also the upcoming event Feeding the World, Farming the Planet on 24 April 2023, hosted by the British Library.

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