Irish Traditional Cooking:
Over 300 Recipes from Ireland's Heritage
by Darina Allen
From its first publication in 1995 up to the present Darina Alien's 'Irish Traditional Cooking' has become a classic (with more than 250,000 copies in print) and a much-trusted authority on the very best of Irish recipes. Now fans and food lovers will be treated once again with this thoroughly revised edition, containing 300 recipes, including 100 new ones, and accompanied by completely new and vibrant photography that captures Darina's passion for Irish food.
Using only the freshest and finest ingredients, Darina takes her cue from history as she creates dishes that represent her own discoveries and journeys throughout Ireland. Each recipe is complemented by tips, tales, historical insight and common Irish customs, many of which have been passed down from one generation to the next. Darina's strong ties to her roots and culinary heritage run throughout the books and come to life in such chapters as Broths & Soups, Fish, Game, Vegetables, Cakes & Biscuits, and Preserves from the Irish pantry.
She shows that traditional Irish cooking has been influenced both by homey dishes served in farmhouse kitchens as well as more sophisticated dishes served in the dining rooms of the Anglo-Irish gentry. Darina Alien has journeyed around the country, researching and recording regional dishes both rustic and refined. From County Cork, where she learned from Joan Twomey how to cook apple cake in a bastible on an open fire, to Ballyheigue in County Kerry, where she collected bairneachs (limpets) off the rocks to make the traditional Good Friday soup, Darina's love for her culinary heritage sparkles recipe after recipe. Who wouldn't enjoy delicious Kerry Pies, fragrant Roast Duck with Sage & Onion Stuffing and a classic Rhubarb Fool.
This new edition allows the award-winning cooking teacher and food writer to share her enthusiasm for Ireland's fresh, wholesome, seasonal food with a new generation of cooks.
About the Author:
Darina Alien runs the world-renowned cooking school at Ballymaloe, Ireland, which she founded in 1983 with her husband Tim Alien. Courses there range from a weekend class on how to keep a few chickens in the garden to the three-month diploma course run three times a year. She is Ireland's most famous TV cook, having presented nine series of her cooking show "Simply Delicious" on television around the world.
Darina is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and is the award-winning author of 'A Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School', 'Healthy Gluten-free Eating', 'Easy Entertaining', 'Ballymaloe Cookery Course' and 'Forgotten Skills of Cooking'. She has won many awards, including for an outstanding contribution to the Irish culinary sector by Euro-Toques and an IACP "Cooking Teacher of the Year."
Darina founded the first farmers' markets in Ireland and is a tireless campaigner for local produce. She is a natural teacher, whose enthusiasm and energy for good food is quite contagious.