Avocado Anxiety: and Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From (Paperback)

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The food stories behind your favourite fruits and vegetables.

Have you ever wondered who picked your Fairtrade banana? Or where all the wonky carrots go? How far do you think your green beans travelled to get to your plate? Above all, how do we stop worrying about our food choices and start making decisions that make a difference?

In an effort to make sense of the complex food system we are all part of, Louise Gray decides to track the stories of our five-a-day, from farm to fruit bowl, and discover the impact that growing fruits and vegetables has on the planet. Through visits to farms, interviews with scientists and trying to grow her own, she digs up the dirt behind organic potatoes, greenhouse tomatoes and a glut of courgettes.

In each chapter, Louise answers a question about a familiar item in our shopping basket. Is plant protein as good as meat? Is foraged food more nutritious? Could bees be the answer to using fewer chemicals? Are digital apps the key to reducing food waste? Is gardening good for mental health? And is the symbol of clean eating, the avocado, fuelling the climate crisis?

As pressure grows via social media to post pictures of food that ticks all the boxes in terms of health and the environment, these food stories from the author of the award-winning The Ethical Carnivore are also a personal story of motherhood and the realisation that nothing is ever perfect.

Louise Gray is an environmentalist and freelance writer based in Scotland. Louise specialises in writing about food, farming and climate change, and her articles have featured in numerous publications, including The Sunday Times, the Guardian and The Spectator.


Her first book, The Ethical Carnivore, won best Food Book and Best Investigative Work at the Guild of Food Writers Awards and was shortlisted for the Fortnum and Mason Food Book of the Year. She has also worked as Environment Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, where she covered the UN climate change talks, GM foods and the badger cull.

@loubgray / louisebgray.com

Product Details ISBN: 9781472969620
ISBN-10: 1472969626
Publisher: Bloomsbury Wildlife
Publication Date: April 30th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English

“A fascinating book full of surprising facts that will force you to reconsider everything you thought you knew about fruit and vegetables.” —Cal Flyn, author of Islands of Abandonment

“Packed with insight, impeccably researched, and skilfully narrated, this is a book attuned to the contradictions and possibilities of the contemporary diet, ripe with appreciation for the visceral importance of plants.” —Rob Percival, Head of the Soil Association and author of The Meat Paradox