Archive For The “Cookbooks” Category

The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews – review

The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews – review

It’s been my privilege to review many hundreds of cookbooks over these past years. They all have merits and strengths. The quality of writing is the biggest consideration, with general presentation a close second. I often think a particular book might be a prize-winner or a best-seller, and then there are books like The Country…

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Home Chef by Neven Maguire – review

Home Chef by Neven Maguire – review

Neven Maguire is an Irish chef and television personality from Blacklion, Co. Cavan. He is also the head chef and proprietor of the MacNean House and Restaurant. He is a well-known face on Irish TV but is now making his mark in Britain. MacNean House & Restaurant, Blacklion, was originally opened as MacNean’s Bistro in…

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Guinness by Paul Hartley – review

Guinness by Paul Hartley – review

Paul Hartley has penned several brand cookbooks including the Lyles Golden Syrup Cookbook and the HP Sauce Cookbook (both reviewed on this site), Marmite Cookbook and Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cookbook. It’s probably safe to say that Paul has an eye for iconic and popular products. Guinness – An Official Celebration of 250 Remarkable Years offers…

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Ballymaloe Cookery Course by Darina Allen – review

Ballymaloe Cookery Course by Darina Allen – review

If you only want to own and use one cookbook then you should consider the Ballymaloe Cookery Course. It’s a hefty tome but it’s big for a reason. It’s got probably more information than most of us will ever need. A real one-stop cooking manual. Darina Allen has endeared herself to millions all over the…

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Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen – review

Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen – review

Darina Allen is surely one of the most celebrated Irish cooks of our time. If she isn’t then it’s probable that whoever you might consider worthy of that accolade also has the name of Allen: it’s quite a dynasty. There is no doubt though that Darina must win the contest of quickest smile and she…

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Traditional Irish Cooking by Andy Gravette – review

Traditional Irish Cooking by Andy Gravette – review

I confess that the book was bigger than I had expected. I should know better, considering that I am half Irish by blood. Probably there aren’t many outside the Emerald Isle that know very much about that country’s cooking, apart from it involving a lot of potatoes! Traditional Irish Cooking has a wealth of recipes…

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