Oneworld is to publish The Truth About Fat, the second book by professional cook Anthony Warner, who blogs as The Angry Chef.
Senior commissioning editor Alex Christofi bought World English rights from Alexandra Cliff at PFD.
Within the last 30 years, huge rises in obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome are placing a "devastating" burden on our health systems all around the world, Warner has said. Taking a hard look at the available evidence, Warner will answer three important related questions in the book: Why are we so fat? Why are we so bothered? And what can we do about it? During the title he will seek to find the real "culprit" for the epidemic, exploring the effect of eating carbs, fat and sugar, along with the role gut microbes and our genes play, along with laziness and poverty.
The book will be delivered in Warner’s "fizzy trademark style", pulling back the curtain to reveal the "cowering prophets of ‘nutribollocks’ in all their ridiculousness", the publisher said.
"We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to [Warner's first book] The Angry Chef (Oneworld), which has been a rallying cry for those who care about food, garnering praise from foodies like Jay Rayner, chefs like Gizzi Erskine and Prue Leith, writers like Bee Wilson and scientists like Steven Pinker," Christofi said. "This is the perfect follow-up, and I’m looking forward to watching Anthony back at his favourite hobby: tipping over sacred cows."
Warner added: "Obesity is complicated. Really complicated. But there is a lot of money to be made claiming there are simple answers. Unsurprisingly, this means that there is a huge amount of dangerous bullshit out there, spread by people looking to cash in on our fears and insatiable desire for easy answers. It is time this bullshit was called out, and in this book I plan to do so, forcefully and comprehensively. Get ready, this one’s going to upset some people."
The Truth About Fat will be published in January 2019 as a trade paperback.