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HOW TO BE A HAPPY HEALTHY EATER

A BIT ABOUT TOM He’s the chef and owner of the two Michelinstarred Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, he’s been on The Great British Menu, often appears on Saturday Kitchen and now presents BBC Two’s Food & Drink programme. Tom, who famously lost 11 stone in three years, has written four cookery books; this is his most recent.

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