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”Choosing to go vegan IS A PRIVILEGE”

Despite working her way from food banks to fame, budget chef Jack Monroe will never stop fighting for the hard-up

Many celeb chefs possess a charismatic quality in the way they work – whether it’s Jamie Oliver’s enthusiasm, Gino D’Acampo’s oh-so-Italian passion, or Nigella’s sultry lick of a spoon. But for none is this more pronounced or unique than with Jack Monroe. She earned a loyal following blogging as cash-strapped Southendbased single mum ‘A Girl Called Jack’ and now, six years later – with cookbooks and newspaper columns under her belt – she pays herself the living wage, donates her media appearance fees to food poverty charities and is a staunchly proud (and loud) voice for the underprivileged.

With a variety of thrifty cookbooks now on the market, Monroe’s position of having once been in food bank queues is a rare one. This is perhaps why she feels a fierce loyalty to fans. ‘There are 4 million people living in poverty in the UK, and food banks that people, including children, depend upon to survive,’ she says. ‘I’ve been given a platform and a responsibility by the people who have read and shared my work and, until we no longer have food poverty in the UK, I have to continue to do what I do.’ Also, she jokes, she’d be ‘a bit of an a hole’ if she hightailed on getting a book deal.

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We’ve given this issue a clear nutrition focus – as we move into autumn, it’s a good time to think about what we’re putting into our bodies to make them as strong as possible to face the demands of longer nights and colder days. With so much misunderstanding about fats and carbs – both buzz terms, as well as two out of three of our macronutrients – we dive deep into the healthy ways to consume each (p83 and p104). We also give attention to fibre (p89), and why you should too. And I love our nutrition myths busted feature (p32) – with alarming nutrition headlines appearing on an increasingly regular basis, we apply our cool-headed, science-based approach to determine what to pay heed to and, frankly, what to ignore. There’s been much talk lately about the return of the common sense, balanced diet. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know we welcome this. We never use the word ‘guilt’ or ‘guilt-free’ when we talk about food. All foods are OK as part of a balanced diet and, here at healthy, guilt is never on our plates. In other news, I’m sad to say that this is my last Editor’s letter as I hand over the reins to our brilliant new Editor, Anna Berrill. While I’ll be overseeing things in my Editorial Director capacity, Anna will be infusing your healthy magazine with all the fantastic ideas, inspiration and love you read us for. As a parting gift, I’m sharing the products that have made the most difference to me during my editorship. This includes coconut oil – a niche product when I started at healthy nearly five years ago, but now used everyday in my veggiepacked stir-fries – as well as charcoal, originally seen as one of Gwyneth’s weirder recommendations, but now something I can’t imagine NOT brushing my teeth with and, yes, it really does work! You’re welcome.