Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith
Saliha Mahmood Ahmed:Foodology
Season 8, Ep. 7
This week, Gilly is with Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, Masterchef 2017 winner and author of Khazana, a history of the Mughal empire whose day job as gastroenterologist has inpsired her latest book Foodology, a food lover’s guide to digestive health.
Dee Rettali: Baking with Fortitude
Season 8, Ep. 6
This week, Gilly talks the politics and culture of cake and bread with craft baker at Fortitude Bakehouse, Dee Rettali who was one of the first people to bring biodynamic, organic foods to London in the mid '90s.She's also made cakes for Madonna and Prince Charles, so famed is she for the sustainability andcraftshe puts in the mix. She founded Patisserie Organic in 1998 and herSoho-born coffee and sandwich shopFernandez & Wellsblazed a trail way before the boho bakeries and hipsters made real bread cool. Her book, Baking with Fortitude takes its name from her bakery chain, Fortitude Bakehouse but decribes a woman with grit in her belly.
Claudia Roden: Med
Season 8, Ep. 5
This week, Gilly is with surely everyone’s food hero, Claudia Roden who brought Jewish and Middle Eastern food to the world. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sam and Sam Clarke at Moro are among the many chefs who say that it all started with Claudia. Now, at 85, she’s got a new book out, Med which brings her personal stories and inventive flourish to the flavours of the Mediterranean. And she's still FULL of stories.
Tim Hayward: Loaf Story
Season 8, Ep. 4
This week Gilly is at the Abergavenny Food Festival with Financial Times restaurant critic and Kitchen Cabinet panellist, Tim Hayward. His latest book, Loaf Story is a love letter to bread, but tells a story of Britishness and class.
James Rebanks: English Pastoral
Season 8, Ep. 3
This week Gilly is with one of the most important voices in food right now, sheep farmer and award winning author, James Rebanks.His books The Shepherd’s Life and English Pastoral beautifully and powerfully remind us of the connection between what we eat, where it comes from and the relationship between humans, nature and climate change in a way that will make you punch the sky and cry your heart out. Here he gives us his four food moments from this year's Fortnum and Mason Food Book of the year award, English Pastoral.
Gennaro Contaldo: Limoni
Season 8, Ep. 2
This week, we're staying in the Mediterranean as Gilly sniffs the lemons of the Amalfi coast with everyone’s favourite Italian, Gennaro Contaldo.Since Gilly first met Gennaro, the conversation about food has changed: veganism, eating less but better to save the planet, regenerative farming for soil health, it’s a whole new language. But, as Gennaro shows us in his latest book, Limoni, it’s actually the very essence of the Mediterranean Diet.
Dr Simon Poole: The Real Mediterranean diet
Season 8, Ep. 1
This week, Gilly is withGP, Dr Simon Poole whose latest book The Real Mediterranean Diet shares the latest science behind the world’s oldest and healthiest diet.
Kylee Newton: The Modern Preserver
Season 7, Ep. 30
This week, Gilly is withKylee Newtonwhose fermenting and pickling masterclasses were featured in the Guardian and The Times.Formerly a fine purveyor of presrves and pickles, her brand Newton & Pott has morphed from production to media as Kylee’s latest book The Modern Preserver hits the shelves.A serial entrepreneur and all-round creative, her story of making it up as you go along will be familiar to many listeners who’ve always wanted to turn their hobby into their world.
Nik Sharma: The Flavour Equation
Season 7, Ep. 29
This week, Gilly Smith talks to scientist, Guardian food writer and finalist for a James Beard food photography award, Nik Sharma. He argues that his Flavour Equation is about theemotion, sight, sound, mouthfeel, aroma and tasteof food which add up to the only way to eat.