HOT PLATES: Chris Bookless aka the Conscious Cook
Newcastle / Ankara
Newcastle / Ankara
A true believer in the healing properties of both music and food, Newcastle-born DJ and cook Chris Bookless is this week’s guest in The Carvery kitchen. Under the DJ duo Blackhall & Bookless, alongside friend Chris Blackhall, they formed Jaunt which has been running as a night and a label for the last 12 years in Newcastle and London, as well as holding residencies in Ibiza and at various festivals worldwide.
With a focus on mindful eating practices and gut-friendly food, Chris launched his own food blog and catering services under the name Conscious Cook about 2 years ago. The project was born out of the need to fix his own gut issues and the desire to find creative, flavourful alternatives to food that he was no longer able to eat. As a child, Chris spent some years living in Ankara where he inadvertently picked up many of the culinary and cultural tendencies present in his recipes.
This week’s Hot Plates is no exception with a totally vegan, gluten-free and delicious recipe for courgette & chickpea koftes, cacik and a herb salad with sumac onions.
Music and food are my two main passions so it’s exciting to begin to weave these creative expressions together. I have always had a broad taste in music but in recent years my musical tendencies have moved away from the dancefloor and towards a more eclectic approach, mixing all styles. This mix was recorded in my kitchen where my decks are set up. I was cooking at the time which inspired me to pick quite long, energetic, global rhythm tracks.
My unfolding venture as the Conscious Cook allows me to give people an exciting take on healthy food and wellbeing – whether I’m providing Conscious Catering, supper clubs, teaching Cookshops (cooking classes) or at my pop-up TACÖ LÖVE. Food has, and always will, be a way of life for me. I’m excited to share my trademark, flavoursome and healing food with you all!