Mexican scrambled egg overload – and other reasons why I hate celebrity diet books

Whether it’s titles by top cooks (Gordon Ramsay) or post-weight loss C-listers (Lisa Riley), the annual parade of diet books are stuffed with daft rules and faddish ingredients. Give it a rest, says the Angry Chef

The annual glut of diet books are pretty formulaic. Take an established star, preferably one who has recently lost weight, and get them to create a diet plan based on their “journey”. Dishes are cut from a standard list of “stuff considered healthy these days”, so be prepared for endless incarnations of avocado, a recipe for Mexican scrambled eggs, and a dizzying array of spiralised vegetables. Most present a complex set of rules and restrictions, with recipes so aspirational and unrealistic for everyday living that most people will fail. It moves from something that happens to you, to something you can buy with enough effort. Modern diet books are the wet dream of neoliberalism, ...