Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith
Rob Howell: Root
Season 7, Ep. 14
This week, Gilly talks with Rob Howell whose book Root tells the story of one of the new stars of the Bristol sustainable food scene. Root the plant-focussed restaurant, comes from the stable of Josh Eggleton,a long-time advocate of the field to fork movement at the Michelin -starred Pony and Trap, and co-founder of the Eat Drink, Bristol Fashion festival which promotes the importance of food sustainability. Rob talks through the four food moments from the book which bring us up to date with one of the UK's most exciting food cultures.
Laurie Woolever on Anthony Bourdain
Season 7, Ep. 13
This week, Gilly Smith remembers the late great Anthony Bourdain, surely the most exciting storytelling in food who shocked the world by taking his own life in 2018. His assistant, lieutenant, gate-keeper and co-author is Laurie Woolever who had just begun to put together their next book, a travel guide to some of Bourdain’s favourite cities. As she talks through her four food moments from World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, the book that it became, we journey into the mind of a man who had so much to say about food and the world.
Grace Regan: Spicebox
Season 7, Ep. 12
This week, Gilly is with the star of the future of the British curry house, vegan cook and serial entrepreneur Grace Regan,a Young British Foodies street food finalist, a Red Magazine Women of the Year short-lister and long-lister for the BBC Food Rising Star Award. Her street food stall, curry house and now book, Spice Box draws on her great aunt Dolly’s food from the old country and her annual trips travelling off the beaten track in India.
Naved Nasir: Dishoom
Season 7, Ep. 11
This week, Gilly is walking through the back streets of old Bombay with Naved Nasir, executive chef at Dishoom to find the Irani Cafes which inspired the book and the restaurant chain, and to talk about nostalgia, cultural appropriation and how to save a restaurant in a Pandemic.
Ollie Hunter: Join the Greener Revolution
Season 7, Ep. 10
This week, Gilly is with Ollie Hunter, activist chef and hyper local champion whose restaurant The Wheatsheaf near Hungerford won the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Business of the Year award in 2019. A former Masterchef finalist, he’s a philosopher. an alchemistand a revolutionary, and his latest book Join the Greener Revolution is his manifesto to eat to save the planet.
Emiko Davies: Torta della Nonna
Season 7, Ep. 9
This week, Gilly's in Florence with Australian-Japanese food writer, Emiko Davies who has made Tuscany her home. In her latest book, Torte della Nonna, she digs deep into the culinary and family history of Florentine sweets to find a tradition sticking deliciously to what it does best.
Durkhanai Ayubi: Parwana
Season 7, Ep. 8
This week, Gilly is with Durkhanai Ayubi whose book Parwana tells the story of her family’s memories and recipes from her native Afghanistan set against a sweeping history of a country ravaged by power plays and unwelcome international interference.To access the recipes from Parwana as well as a curated collection of hundreds of the world's greatest cookbooks with over 87,000 recipes, CKBKis offering listeners a25% discount if you use the code cookingthebooks on checkout.
Katie Caldesi: The 30 Minute Diabetes Cookbook
Season 7, Ep. 6
This week, Gilly is with food writer, Katie Caldesi who wrote The 30 Minute Diabetes Cookbook with her husband, the Italian chef Giancarlo Caldesi after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. With a foreword by Dr David Unwin, the pioneering low carb GP whose diabetic patients have seen astonsihign results, and expert nutrition advice from Jenny Philips, it’s a must read for anyone with a tell-tale big belly.