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Irish Traditional Cooking [Paperback]

Darina Allen
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24 Sep 1998
Ireland is a land of contrasts, striving for economic and industrial growth, yet still a profoundly traditional rural and agricultural country. The interplay between these two forces gives Ireland much of its charm, and in this book Darina Allen draws on the many different aspects of Irish life in which food plays an important part. The book presents more than 300 traditional recipes from all over Ireland, both country and town, served at all kinds of occasions, including country fairs, markets and dances, Hallowe'en, Easter and Christmas celebrations, and religious ceremonies, weddings, christenings and wakes.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; New edition edition (24 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856262901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856262903
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,350,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darina Allen is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and runs the world-renowned cookery school at Ballymaloe, Ireland. She is the author of 'Irish Traditional Cooking', 'A Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School', 'Healthy Gluten-free Eating', 'Easy Entertaining', 'Forgotten Skills of Cooking' (winner of the Andre Simon Food Book Award 2009) and most recently '30 Years at Ballymaloe'. She has won many other awards including for outstanding contribution to the Irish culinary sector by Euro-Toques in 2007, and the Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award 2013.

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As well as the wonderful food, her book is rich in anecdote, folklore and history -- Daily Telegraph, April 2004

will make your mouth water and entice you to cook some magical food. A real treat! -- Antony Worrall Thompson, Daily Express, March 04 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Darina Allen runs the world-renowned cookery school at Ballymaloe. Courses range from a weekend learning how to keep a few chickens in the garden, to the three-month diploma course which runs three times a year. She is Ireland's most famous TV cook, having presented nine series of her cooking programme 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 one for outstanding contribution to the Irish culinary sector by Euro-Toques in 2007. 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely my cup of tea 23 Aug 2003
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I'm very happy that Darina Allen compiled this book. It sets the scene of a way of life that my father used to tell me about - teacakes cooked on the griddle, potato cake, real Irish stew - and, of course, champ! In a wonderful introduction, Allen describes the advent, if you can call it that, of so-called "fancy shop-bought things" and how this began the decline of traditional recipes. What follows is a labour of love for Allen, a compilation to salvage over 300 recipes that reflect the Irish way of life, its farming heritage and cooking skills. The book is complete with wonderfully evocative photography and notes. And having tried some of them, I can vouch that the recipes are easy and tasty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun to Read, Delicious to Cook From 28 April 2009
By A Customer
I've very much enjoyed this book and it has earned a permanent place in my collection (not easy to do!).
The recipes are well written and cook up as they are supposed to, the photos a pleasure, the chapters well-organized. My favorite parts of the book however, are the historic and cultural notes which I have found fascinating reading outside of the kitchen.

A final note: the book is actually incredibly relevant to the slow and local international food movement, and while Ireland is not exactly local to my California home base, the recipes work here beautifully, hand in hand with my neighborhood farmers market.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and wonderful book 2 Mar 2002
More and more I wish I had not taken for granted my grandmother - that she would always be there to pass on what she had learnt as a cook and as a doting Nan.
Darina and her contributers are different cooks from my Nan, but they share the same values - which are precious.
Darina has been clever enough to capture knowledge, before it is lost forever, that has been passed down for generations. This book, which gives great insight into methods and secrets of senior generations is a gem. It is a book you want to read from cover to cover. It is rich in recipes and history.
You won't cook everything (anyway I'm not yet up to trying the pig tails) but I have adopted many recipes that my family and friends look forward to. They are comforting to eat and cook.
As a cook book addict - I feel like I am coming home when I read and cook Darina & Co.s recipes.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Darina Allen's passion for cookery, and the use of the finest locally produced ingredients is a delight to read. The recipes are easy to follow, and the end result well worth the effort. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cooking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best irish cook book of all! 19 Mar 2009
This is definitely the best irish cook book of all. It's full of great traditional recipes, which are easy to follow thanks to the fantastic descriptions and pictures. What I liked the most about this book is that the recipes had a little of history attached to them. And the dishes I cooked were really delicious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, fantastic present 16 Jan 2014
By Crouton
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Lots of potatoes in evidence, great recipes and a very happy recipient at Christmas who has put many of the ideas to good use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars traditional irish cookery 20 Jan 2011
This is a brilliant book ,a must have for cooks with any irish connection with some great photography and a bit of history with it too, If you only possess one irish cook book,this should be the one.!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than a cook book.
Good but if you have any othere Darina Allen books, ( and I have a lot of them) it contains a lot of the same recipes. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Darina Allen is one of the best food writers out there
Lost in half a dozen house moves, one involving a change of country, is my previous highly valued Irish cookbook - so long now that I've forgotten the title. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Thomas Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars History in the cooking
This is another of those cook books that will be simply invaluable to me. I have studied social history for years and see so much of the entire United Kingdom written in here. Read more
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This book arrived on the very first day of its estimate, which meant that it spent the minimum of time in the hands of Royal Mail. Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by Ken Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Irish traditional Cooking
Its so good, I bought a second copy as a present-its got nice text and photos.
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by medicincanada
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
This is a very good book which covers everything from cooking to baking and preserving in a traditional way. It is well illustrated and very informative. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by Belinda
4.0 out of 5 stars Irish cooking the easy way
This book was brought as a present, it is illustrate lovely and is very easy to use. A great buy whether it is for a present or is for some traditional Irish cooking
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by Ms. A. M. Ronan
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