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Ballymaloe Cookery Course [Hardcover]

Darina Allen
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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27 Sep 2007
Ballymaloe is one of the world's best cookery schools and Darina Allen, its co-founder and main teacher, is in a league of her own. Every student who has gone through her school has begged her to write down her recipes and thoughts, tips and shortcuts, and here they are in this definitive teaching book, which has everything to inform and inspire you to become adventurous in the kitchen. 'Ballymaloe Cookery Course' explains 1175 recipes, 370 variations and more than 100 basic skills, from making pastry to the art of carving, from preserving lemons to making delicious home-made pasta, from culturing creamy yogurt to butterflying a leg of lamb: the simple instructions given by one of the world's great cook-teachers will inspire you to prepare and enjoy the art of fresh produce and fine food.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; Rev Ed edition (27 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856267296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856267298
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last a truly user-friendly cookery manual, helpful rather than prescriptive, with food that is appetising rather than coldly textbook perfect. Lovely recipes and plenty of help for the new cook --Nigel Slater -Food Monthly

Her dishes are unpretentious, delicious, made with fresh ingredients and dictated by the seasons --Country Life

It's time to clear the kitchen shelves of all those glossy cookbooks you never open and make way for the Ballymaloe Cookery Course it s the only one you ll need from now on --The English Home

About the Author

Darina Allen is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and is the author of Irish Traditional Cooking, A Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School and Healthy Gluten-free Eating (with Rosemary Kearney). Her latest book, Easy Entertaining, won an IACP award in 2006. Darina founded the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland in 1983.

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read, and very very useful 9 May 2009
By Cooker
This book has been invaluable for me. I have used it every day since buying it.

Darina has a way of talking you through a recipe as if she is right there in the kitchen, and believe me there is a recipe for everything.

The book ranges from meat to veg and fruit to breads soups sauces jams and pickles and everything in between.

Many recipes have a mother recipe, for example pesto, and then variations.

My most favourite recipe so far has been the vanilla ice cream, and I have a phobia of mixing hot syrup with egg yolks, but Darina shows you how to stop it making sweet scrambled eggs.

A great buy for everyone.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cookbook 23 Mar 2010
I have owned this cookbook for many years, in fact I have two versions - English and American - as I moved between Europe and the US. It is invaluable, and very, very user friendly. I have used it for everything, from dinner parties, to finger buffets, to snack and picnic food. The Ballycotton Fish Pie is the best I have ever eaten, and is very easy. If you are looking for a practical, well written and useful book, with recipes that really do work, look no further. Worth every penny.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only cookery book you will ever need 10 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my sister as a gift as I received it as a gift a year ago and I love it, it is expensive but you can use it as you bible for so many recipes, very easy to follow good illustrations if you are a novice cook or experienced you will for sure get something out of it. The proof that it is such a good book is that I have never been able to find it in any second hand bookshops or for sale on Amazon second hand or other sites, or if you do find it the price is almost the same as buying it new.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book - from soil to plate 3 Feb 2011
By Jadis
I recieved this book as a gift from friends after failing to win a place (through a competition) in the Ballymaloe Cookery school. As the cost of attendance was out of my grasp, recieving this book was a wonderful surprise. It is a superb book and one of my favorites. It shows everything about cooking from the bottom up. Darina's vast experience in teaching people how to cook is obvious as it seems like she is speaking to you as you read throug the recipes. She is passionate about seasonal and local foods and enjoying food as it is meant to be, without being drowned in flavours and sauces that hide the taste of the centerpiece of your dish. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn a few tricks about how to prepare and season food. It would be a wonderful addition to any home chef's library of cookbooks. I love it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! 19 May 2010
I am never dissapointed when I open this book - it has every conceivable recipe you will ever need!

It's so simple to use and is a real education for any cook or chef. Having worked as a chalet chef for the last 6 months, I was never let down when i needed a last minute recipe.

If you have any interest in cooking whatsover you should own this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book, but... 21 July 2013
By Alice
It's a lovely book. Beautiful pictures, incredibly comprehensive and informative on both basic and more advanced culinary points, with lots of original recipes.

The only thing I would say, if you're buying it as a present, is that this is not aimed at, say, your average working parent living in a city or town. I fit into this category and though I love the book as a bedside table read, I don't use it anywhere near as much as my books by Nigella. I can't mince my beef on the day the animal's slaughtered; I can't collect fresh eggs from my free-range hens every morning; I don't have time to squeeze fresh orange juice for everyone before breakfast; and I can't collect fresh, slightly under-ripe fruit from my orchard for jam-making.

It's a very proper, old-school cookery book. There's no emphasis on time, money or labour-saving - in fact, quite the opposite. This isn't a criticism - just a point for people considering buying it, either for themselves or friends.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does everything! 12 Dec 2007
By Eirey
I have read through a copy of this book and found it great so I am now going to buy it. The recipes include all the basics as well as interesting variations. It tells you things like how to cook prawns and doesnt expect you to know evertyhing before you start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darina's masterpiece 11 Oct 2010
By janet
Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery Course

My daughter and I had this book from the public library and at the end of the 3 weeks allowed (someone else was waiting for it) we decided we could not live with out it!!!!
It is a fantastic cookery book covering every aspect of home cooking - with Darina's little chatty bits before most recipes.

A really inspiring cook book.
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This cookery book is like a bible - it has every recipe you could possible want. Just bought a second one for my daughter.
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