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Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery Course [Hardcover]

Darina Allen
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1 Oct 2007
Changes in our shopping habits and the growth of farmer's markets are covered, along with information on traceability, organic box schemes and internet shopping. Many new recipes and variations have been added and others have been updated to reflect new trends in vegetable varieties and gardening habits, and the increasing availability of more 'exotic' ingredients. This new edition of Darina's classic cookbook is the definitive guide to cooking delicious and fresh food.

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717143511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717143511
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 22 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sound, basic cookery manual with recipes that titllate and inspire -- Lindsay Bareham, Evening Standard

A truly user-friendly cookery manual... with food that is appetising rather than coldly textbook perfect -- Nigel Slater, Observer Food Monthly

Buy, borrow or beg this book off friends if you can -- Financial Times

It's a modern-day Mrs Beeton -- Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Darina Allen is Ireland's most famous TV cook, having presented nine series of her cookery programme 'Simply Delicious'. She has been chairman of the International Committee of the IACP (International Association of Cooking Professionals) and is the author of over a dozen books. Darina Allen founded the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Co. Cork in 1984.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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This book is not only packed with numerous recipes but it also suggests many tricks of the trade. How to segment citrus fruits would be a good example. It also has many recipes for those with food intolerances such as gluten free béchamel sauce. Containing excellent photography without overtaking the space this book is also an interesting read; along the lines of Elizabeth David. If you really want to improve your skills without the price tag of the cookery schools this is an excellent beginning. Even for cooks with established skills it still contains a wealth of information. It may appear more expensive than many other cookery books on the market but if you only have one cookery book this should be it. Everything you need to know is covered in it. I wholeheartedly recommend this book because it manages to cover so many areas without coming across as daunting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darina Allen is my guru 8 Sep 2006
I have managed restaurants and worked in kitchen's for years and a chef who trained at Darina's cookery school recommended this for me. The book is amazing, it covers every flavour and ingredient with an enormous variety of recipes. The instructions are really easy to follow and there's even step by step instructions on how to make difficult pastry and julienne carrots. I can not recommend this book enough, I have probably around 50 cookery books but I rarely bother reading them as this book has so much to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most comprehensive cook book ever 25 Nov 2005
I found the Ballymaloe Cookery Course an excellent reference guide for all my cooking needs. It is packed full of delicious recipes for every ingredient you might have in your cupboards. It is really easy to follow and any of the meals I have prepared from this books have really impressed my dinner guests. It also has lots of useful kitchen tips. If you like tasty, easy to prepare food, this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive 11 Oct 2007
By snowzz
If you have a reasonable knowledge of food (just what it looks like - the book will tell you how to cook it) then this is a must have. It is the first book I turn to when I have an idea what I'm trying to cook or want to recreate a dish I ate in a restaurant, but need advice on timings, method, ingredient quantities etc. I agree that it might not be as visually inspiring as some books because it isn't full of photos, but personally I don't need photos of most of the dishes I want to cook - I can imagine a leg of lamb, a caserole, a crumble, a pasta dish etc etc for myself. If fewer photos means I get ten times as many recipes as most books have then I'm OK with that! If I could only have one cookbook this would be it. From a shelf of maybe 40 or so cookbooks not one comes anywhere close to covering more of the dishes I cook throughout the year than this one does. The only way I can describe it to someone considering buying it is that it's a bit like having every book Delia has ever written all rolled into one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Cookery Book, Ever 13 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Darina Allen runs the world-reknowned Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland and the writing and recipes in this book show exactly why the school is so famous. Easy to follow and hugely comprehensive, Darina tackles just about everything you're ever likely to cook in a simple, no-nonsense manner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as it should be 5 Aug 2005
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This is an excellent example of how to teach people to cook well and without fear and pomposity.
It explains the importance of good ingredients and takes away the fear of many culinary techniques by it's common sense and practical approach
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