Si King and Dave Myers – aka The Hairy Bikers – are back with a new collection of recipes, that draws in part on their own weight loss journeys – over the last 10 years they’ve lost six stone between them.

That and their desire (as chefs and passionate eaters) for food that tastes good, but doesn’t come at a catastrophic health cost.


The book: The Hairy Bikers Eat to Beat Type 2 Diabetes by Si King and Dave Myers

Who will love it? Anyone with Type 2 diabetes, or at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and those looking to eat well, but stay trim.

What is it trying to get us cooking? Healthy, uncomplicated meals for those with Type 2 dietary requirements – but anyone can eat these dishes. They’ve covered all the basics, be it soups (like their courgette, mint and lemon offering) and salads (from tabbouleh to smoked trout with celeriac fries) and heartier dinners (think lamb dhansak and fish crumble), as well as desserts (the coconut and carrot macaroons sound intriguing).

How easy is it to use? Very. Recipe lists can be a tad long, but they are designed to be entirely balanced, so it’s worth sticking to them. But once you’ve assembled your ingredients, the steps that’ll get you from raw items, to dinner on the table, are very straightforward.

The best recipe is… the chicken tray bake with fennel, peas and new potatoes – it just sounds like the kind of thing you can bung in the oven in the evening and everyone will be happy. It’s that, or the instant banana ice cream (recipe below).

The recipe we’re most likely to post on Instagram is… the beef stir fry, the sauce is super glossy, and the colours of the pak choi, spring onions and carrots just pop.

The dish we’re least likely to try is… the avocado on toast. There seem to be a lot more ingredients than you’d expect. Digging out vinegar, za’atar and sesame seeds seems a bit of a faff when you can just mash an avo and stick it on toast.

Overall rating: 7/10 – the recipes provide healthy versions of solid family staples that should still leave you sated, rather than unsatisfied and feeling hollow.

The Hairy Bikers Eat to Beat Type 2 Diabetes by Si King and Dave Myers is published by Seven Dials, priced £12.99. Photography Andrew Hayes-Watkins.

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