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  • Published: 9 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529919660
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $27.99

Food for Life

The New Science of Eating Well, by the #1 bestselling author of SPOON-FED

Your essential guide to eating well from the gut-health expert and publishing phenomenon

'Life-changing' DAVINA McCALL
'A must-read' Dr RUPY AUJLA
'Fascinating' NIGELLA LAWSON
'Empowering' LIZ EARLE


Food is our greatest ally for good health, but the question of what to eat in the age of ultra-processed food has never seemed so complicated.

Drawing on cutting-edge research and personal insights, Professor Tim Spector offers clear answers in this definitive, easy-to-follow guide to the new science of eating well.

Empowering and practical, Food for Life is nothing less than a new approach to how to eat - for our health and the health of the planet.

‘No fads, no nonsense, just practical, science-based advice on how to eat well’ Daily Mail, Books of the Year

'A rigorously academic book that welcomes the layperson with open arms' The Times


  • Published: 9 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529919660
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Tim Spector

Tim Spector is a professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London and honorary consultant physician at Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospitals. He is a multi-award-winning expert in personalised medicine and the gut microbiome, and the author of four books, including the bestselling The Diet Myth. He appears regularly on TV and radio around the world, and has written for the Guardian, BMJ, and many other publications. He is the lead researcher behind the world’s biggest citizen science health project, the COVID Symptom Study app. This free tool has been used by nearly 4 million people in the UK, US and Sweden to diagnose themselves without testing. It has confirmed new symptoms and risk factors for the virus, allowing scientists to monitor its progress and warn health authorities.

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Praise for Food for Life

The nutrition revolution is well underway and Tim Spector is one of the visionaries leading the way. His writing is illuminating and so incredibly timely.

Yotam Ottolenghi - praise for SPOON-FED

Will actually help you decide what to add to your next grocery shop... This is one of the clearest and most accessible short nutrition books I have read: refreshingly open-minded, deeply informative and free of faddish diet rules.

Bee Wilson, The Guardian - praise for SPOON-FED

Spector writes as a food lover... Every person's ideal diet is different, and should be based on sensible choices from a position of knowledge. Food for Life is a feast of that knowledge... A valuable reference book to keep on a kitchen shelf.


The pandemic should have changed many attitudes towards understanding biology, and Food for Life is the newly scientifically semi-literate person's post-Covid go-to food book... I trust the author and his work.

The Times, *Book of the Week*

A fascinating insight into what we eat in a highly readable format.


[A] weighty and detailed guide to modern living... [Spector] explains how to boost your microbiome and tailor your diet.

Sunday Times, *Books of the Year*

Tim Spector has been exploding the myths around food and health for years... Here he continues the demolition job in a rigorously academic book that welcomes the layperson with open arms.

The Times, *Books of the Year*

Food for Life is a fascinating tour d'horizon, deftly drawing on recent research... Well written [and] informative.

Literary Review

No fads, no nonsense, just practical, science-based advice on how to eat well.

Daily Mail, *Books of the Year*

A well-researched and informative book ... Great to see academia catching up with the real world.

Natural Products

Fascinating reading

Nigella Lawson

A brilliant deep-dive into how food affects our wellbeing – and more importantly, what we can do about it. Enlightening and empowering

Liz Earle

A life-changing book

Davina McCall

Tim's book is a revelation. With his years of experience and engaging writing, he navigates the fascinating and complicated relationship between food and health. A must-read for anyone seeking a respected and trustworthy guide through the murky world of nutrition

Dr Rupy

Tim Spector makes healthy eating exhilarating, empowering and achievable.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

How to eat healthily has been debated for many years… Spector’s science-based approach and handy tips might just help to debunk the mysteries of never-ending ingredient lists

Radio Times