Cook the Books is for everyone who enjoys eating and talking about food. Based in Lewes, East Sussex, we get together for monthly pot-luck suppers and chats as well as 'special edition' author talks and foodie excursions.

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Cook the Books – The food lovers' book club
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EVENTS

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.

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It's free!

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.

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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.'

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So Says

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!

Karen

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.

Hattie

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.

Myriam

It was perfect – it was the hottest day of the year and the evening sun set on the farm as we were given a guided tour. Then as darkness descended we gathered around the pizza oven to chat.

Emma

Contact

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