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Gilly Smith


Thoughts beyond the podcast as I meet some of the most interesting people in the world of food and drink.

Cooking the Books is BACK

Season Two of Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith is back in my favourite world of the food writer, digging up Root, Stem, Leaf and Flower with Gill Meller, pickling in the Summer Kitchens of Olia Hercules’ Ukrainian childhood and taking to the high wire with Ols Halas, chef at Giffords’ Circus Sauce. Ravinder Bhogal takes us back to her family home in Nairobi in Jikoni with the kind of food memories to make your heart melt and Ana Ros strides across Slovenia…

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The Funk of Noma

As Noma, Copenhagen’s world class locavore restaurant opens its doors this week for a casual outdoor picnic- experience, founder and executive chef Rene Redzepi will replace his signature sea urchins in slivers of hazelnut and lobster and nasturtium with soft custard of egg yolk in a nest of potatoes with essence of rose petals with a $15 burger. But as former New York Times journalist and Redzepi disciple Jeff Gordinier…

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How to Eat to Save the Planet

Who knew when Leon asked me to make a series about the way we should be eating to reduce our carbon footprint that days after the final episode, we would be closing our doors and facing an indefinite Lockdown? Or that ‘the answer’ according to the chefs and producers, farmers and campaigners I interviewed would be forced on us as the world skidded to a halt to ‘flatten the curve’…

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Should we Brits be ashamed of our food heritage?

This week, I’m with multi-award winning author Pete Brown whose latest book, Pie Fidelity, explores a patriotic story of British food. We discuss why he thinks British food is something to be proud of… Though we may put down our food heritage in the UK, some of the traditional food and drink from the small island is one of the best things about being British. That’s why Pete’s on a crusade…

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To Thailand, with love

This week, I go way off the beaten track in Thailand with Thai-born food writer, and delicious. columnist, Kay Plunkett-Hogge. We go in search for the food of Kay’s childhood, in the roadside cafes and markets of Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. To start, I catch up with Kay who tells me how she absorbed recipes from her Thai nanny, learnt how to cook Thai food and how Thailand…

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