Ed Balls was just three weeks old when he tried his first meal: pureed roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. While perhaps ill-advised by modern weaning standards, it worked for him and from that moment on he was hooked on food.

The former cabinet minister, who won a place in the nation’s hearts with appearances on Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Best Home Cook, celebrates love, family and food in his new book, Appetite, where each chapter is a recipe that tells a story.

Join Ed as he shares the stories and recipes that have shaped his remarkable life in a book Delia Smith described as ‘delightfully different’.