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Gilly Smith

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

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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The Easter Episode: With Steven Lamb, Dan Saladino and the food lovers who’ve found their happy place.

This month’s pod is all about finding your happy; River Cottage’s Steven Lamb argues that curing your own bacon delivers the key to Paradise, Dan Saladino tells me that after 13 years of presenting Radio 4’s The Food Programme, he’s finally got something to say in his book-in-progress, ‘The Ark of Taste’, and nomadic chef, Michael Watt, formerly of Brighton’s 64 Degrees tells me why he ran off to set…

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How to Cook Like.. Andy Oliver of Som Saa

This week, I meet with chef Andy Oliver at his Shoreditch restaurant Som Saa to see how he cooks a classic Thai recipe; green papaya salad. While Andy creates a delicious papaya salad, he gives advice on where to find the ingredients he uses in the recipe. He tells me how he came to own a Thai restaurant including, right at the beginning, working with with Thai food hero David Thompson at…

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