To feed the imagination
Soon after Cook the Books started, Maggie at Barcombe Nurseries invited the group to come and visit her organic farm for a tour and DIY pizza baked in her wood-fired oven. The evening was such a pleasure we decided it must not be a one-off! Since then, Cook the Books has hosted a panel discussion with top food writers Hattie Ellis, Kerstin Rodgers and Josh Sutton, and more treats are in store for Summer 2017. See the Events page for details.
Join the club
It’s a simple idea: people coming together to share home-cooked food. Every group meeting has a new theme – always a good conversation starter - and so far, there are no reports of anyone leaving hungry! Cook the Books is free to join and always has a relaxed and friendly vibe. Some regulars have been with us since the start, but we always have new faces too. We welcome members with all levels of cookery skill, the only requirement is to love food.
COOK THE BOOKS
The food lovers' book club
Cook the Books is for everyone who enjoys eating and talking about food. Based in East Sussex, we get together for monthly pot-luck suppers and chats as well as 'special edition' author talks and foodie excursions. Chloë King, a food writer and illustrator, started Cook the Books in April 2016 in order to meet people, learn things, and enjoy more home-cooked food. 'I tried hosting supper clubs,' says Chloë, 'but I soon realised that bring-a-dish dinners are a lot more relaxed.'
Those who join us
The theme was Food in Fiction and Mark Crick read from his book Kafka's Soup. Everyone brought a dish inspired by a book and I can honestly say I haven't had such a good dinner in years!
That was great fun - a really good format. It's just such a pleasure to talk to others who love food. That was quite a plateful! And then a pint of Harvey's: heaven.
I think this just a superb idea, no fuss, no big agenda to go through, just love of food and so many different themes we can play with.
Don't be shy, give it a try
Hi, I'm Chloë, Guild of Food Writers member and freelance illustrator-cum-journalist. I started Cook the Books in order to explore... to meet people, share skills and inspiration, and sample the brilliant food being produced in Sussex. If you have a local food business and would like to discuss hosting a talk, tour, workshop or supper for Cook the Books members, I'd love to hear from you.
+44 7971 215049
chloehking [at] me.com