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Gilly Smith

Cooking the Books: The Supper Club

Talking about food and identity has become a staple on my podcast Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith. So it was a hop and a skip of an idea to bring it to life in my home in East Sussex.  

The idea is simple;  podcast guests as well as chefs, bloggers and would-be writers tell us the stories behind their food over a multi course BYO dinner for up to 26 at £45 pp. We’ve got plenty of room, so guests can stay over in one of our en-suite bedrooms overlooking meadows and woodland for an extra £60pp.

Trains run frequently from Victoria and London Bridge to Lewes (and less frequently) to Glynde. Car share from Brighton or come by train.

Coming up at the Supper Club…..

 Saliha Mahmood Ahmed’s Foodology feast (above) kickstarted our new year with gut-loving zingy flavours from the Middle East and inspiring chat about how much more we can do to excite our bodies with food. 

#CookforUkraine with Ruth Nieman

And if you’re as fascinated by Biblical Cuisine as I am, my recent guest on CTB, Ruth Nieman and whose book Freekeh: Wild Wheats and Ancient Grains is shortlisted for the Andre Simon Awards, will be serving up a menu fit for the gods on Monday May 30th

Ruth has very kindly agreed to turn her night into a #cookforukraine event as part of the campaign which Olia Hercules and her Russian food writer friend Alissa Timoshkina set up to raise funds but also to encourage us all to remember the country behind the headlines. (I think we might now begin to add Alissa’s food from her book Salt and Time to remember the depth of Russian food culture too.)

The idea is to cook, post, raise funds and the vibrations, play music and keep the country alive. Ruth is donating part of the £45 ticket price for the feast which celebrates her book Freekeh: wild wheats and ancient grains, Galilee to the campaign, and we’ll do the same for anyone staying over (£60). If you’d like to come to this, we have a few tickets left so do let me know.

If you can’t come but fancy getting involved, have a read:…/london-restaurants-helping…

Freekeh with pine nuts

Here’s your menu for £45 pp. Stay over for an extra £60pp

Galilean Sharing Menu (Vegetarian) £45.00

Ancient Grain Wholewheat Breads with Labane, Hummous & Fava Bean Dip 

‘Ale Gefen’ (traditional stuffed grape leaves) 

Vegetable Freekeh Risotto 

Roasted Peppers with Cracked Wheat, Olives, Feta & Pinenuts 

Roasted Cauliflower with Za’atar with Tahini Dressing 

Galilean Chopped Salad 

Spring Vegetable Freekeh Salad 

An Assortment of Ancient Grain Sweet Treats Mint Tea

Coming Soon…

Lori de Mori and Laura Jackson will be bringing the meaning of life from Towpaththe coolest cafe in East London.
Emily Scott, whose Cornish cooking and effortless style is exemplified in her book, Sea and Shore will be showing us why she was chosen to feed the leaders of the Western World at last year’s G7 dinner.

And Alissa Timoshkina will be bringing her Salt and Time from Siberia to Sussex, while Baltic writer, Zuza Zak brings the flavours of her next book, Pierogi: Over 50 Recipes to Create Polish Dumplings to our table in early autumn.

Watch this space and on @cookingthebookswithgillysmith on Insta for more news as it comes in, and email me to book at