We are proud to announce the recent publication of ‘Milk and Dairy Foods Their functionality in human health and disease’, a book edited by Professor Ian Givens, Director of the IFNH with some chapters authored or co-authored by University of Reading staff namely Ian, Professor Julie Lovegrove and Drs Sarah Guo, Kirsty Kliem and Sokratis Stergiadis. The book has 15 main chapters and was written with food and nutrition researchers, academic teachers, and health professionals, including clinicians and dietitians in mind. The book explores a lot of new findings on the associations between milk and dairy foods and health and crucially, highlights the health related functionalities that components of dairy foods have and which would not be evident from a traditional nutrition standpoint. These functionalities are key to the dietary role of dairy foods, an issue which must not be forgotten when considering their replacement by alternative foods.