I bought this for a friend but ended up keeping it (mean ol' b****r!) as it has so many key recipes in an easy-to-refer-to format. I have Irish Traditional Food
but this is handier. With a tradition of Irish cooking in the family, I feel qualified to comment on these recipes and am pleased to report a good take on Irish stew, even if it omits to say it is much better if made the day before then re-heated!
Here are Colcannon (now available ready-made in Waitrose!), barm brack, Yellow Man, Carageen (best collect yer own "moss", it's the devil to buy!), a splendid recipe for Soda Bread which correctly emphasises the need for very light handling of the dough, champ, potato wine (my grandad made it in the shed and it was lethal) and, of course, "boxty", which isn't widely known even in Ireland these days, but used to be a delicious breakfast treat for us as kids. "Boxty on the griddle, Boxty in the pan, If you can't make boxty, You'll never get a man" goes the skipping rhyme. It seemed to work for grandma, she could cook nothing else without burning it - but then boxty tastes good slightly burnt. Perhaps that explains grandad's recourse to the potato wine . . .) Potatoes do figure largely, hardly a surprise, but there is a good mix of more luxurious recipes too.
There are other books on Irish traditional food, but this is an excellent introduction. Intended as a souvenir, sadly the illustrations are rather naff sepia-tinted reproductions of landscape paintings, rather than nice colour jobs or, more useful, photos of the actual dishes. Pennies were pinched, clearly!