James Wong – How To Eat Better

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Monday, 6th November 2017
7PM - 8PM
Suitable for ages 14+
£12/£10 concessions includes Friends of the Botanic Gardens
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Between the rush to keep up with the latest miracle ingredient, anxiety about E-numbers, and demonization of gluten/dairy/sugar, many of us are left in a virtual panic in the supermarket aisle. Tabloid headlines, ‘free-from’ labels and judgemental Instagram hashtags hardly help matters – so what should we be buying?

Join James Wong, scientist, TV presenter and author of How to Eat Better as he strips away the fad diets, superfood fixations and Instagram hashtags to give you a straight-talking scientist’s guide to making everyday foods measurably healthier (and tastier) simply by changing the way you select, store and cook them.

No diets, no obscure ingredients, no damn spiralizer, just real food made better, based on the latest scientific evidence from around the world. James will show us how to make any food a ‘superfood’, every time you cook.

Waterstones will be selling copies of his book, How to Eat Better and James will be signing.


James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster based in London, England. Graduating with a Master of Science degree in Ethnobotany in 2006, he has pursued his key research interests of underutilised crop species, ethnopharmacology and traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java and China.

He is the author of the internationally best-selling books ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ and ‘Homegrown Revolution’. His presenting work spans a range of BBC programmes – check out clips of James’ international broadcasting work, including the BBC’s ‘Grow Your Own Drugs’ & ‘Great British Garden Revival’, as well as Channel News Asia’s ‘Expensive Eats’. James has been guest lecturer at universities and horticultural colleges across the UK, and also writes extensively for the RHS and the popular scientific press. In 2008 James co-founded his own garden design studio, Amphibian Designs, which has won four consecutive RHS medals, including golds at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2010 & 2011.

James is passionate about communicating plant science to new audiences in relevant and accessible ways. In 2015 The Sunday Times listed him as one of the Top 20 most influential people in horticulture. With his obsession for food nearly eclipsing his love of plants, James’ small London garden serves as a testing-station for all manner of crops and horticultural ideas from around the world.

In partnership with University of Oxford Botanic Garden. Proceeds from the event will be donated to UNICEF.

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