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The Ard Bia Cookbook [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Aoibheann Mac Namara , Aoife Carrigy
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Book Description

1 Aug 2012
A unique family-friendly cookbook, a source of inspiration for modern healthy living, a keepsake for the loyal fans of the restaurant, a momento for visitors to Galway, a celebration of the enduring energy of Ard Bia and all involved in it. Ard Bia is about expecting great local food with an unusual twist, the best of Irish produce served with a little exotic magic: seasoning Atlantic scallops with tangy sumac, indulging pomegranate cake with freshly whipped Irish cream, pairing produce from local artisan heroes such as butcher-turned-charcutier James McGeough with eclectic influences from the Middle East and beyond. The book represents a day in the life of Ard Bia, with the first five chapters taking the reader through the various times of day, from morning through lunchtime, mid-afternoon snacks through evening supper or dinner, finishing with something extra, sweet or cheesey. The final chapter is an important element of the book. This pantry section can contain much of the overflow of information from other chapters, and will be a go-to for further explanation for novices. One of Galway s most enduring restaurant operations which is now housed in one of the city s most iconic restaurant spaces, Ard Bia has always placed as much emphasis on community experiences and aesthetic stimulation as on serving great food in a fun environment. We believe in having roots in a place whilst having an identity that transcends location and takes inspiration from around the world. Fans of the restaurant will know that an Ard Bia cookbook will be more than just another cookbook. And for readers who have not yet discovered the restaurant, the highly individual aesthetic of the brand will differentiate the cookbook on the shelf.

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  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Atrium (1 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855942216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855942219
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The word lovely comes up over and over again in the Ard Bia cookbook. Lovely extras to serve with cheese or lovely extra to serve with the perfect steak. Perfect poached egg and lovely extras, it s got a comforting homely ring to it which I love in fact I really loved a lot about the new Ard Bia cookbook. The zany photos, the clean layout and design, the line drawings, and the eclectic collection of Ard Bia classics that so many of Aoibheann Mac Namara s loyal fans will love to have. Yet, I doubt it will keep them at home, they ll still want to go to Ard Bia one of Galway s most enduring and best loved restaurants. The cookbook represents a day in the life of Ard Bia, favourite breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snacks, supper and dinner dishes. The book also includes some thoughts on a cheese course the secret of some of Ard Bia s much hankered after juices and finally the Pantry section. I particularly loved these chapters (there are 4) with herb sugars, pickles, vinaigrettes, a variety of hummus, chutneys, relishes, pickles, cordials, jellies and some thoughts on foraging. I only ate once at Nimmos but I have never forgotten the beautifully simple but truly lovely food, a celebration of fresh local produce, spiced up with imagination and a sure hand. --Darina Allen, Irish Examiner

I had heard a while back there was an Ard Bia cookbook in the pipeline. I had even debated it with a restaurateur friend of mine. It s too expensive, I think it s mad. You can get cookbooks from big names for half that price, I said. You can get a lot of rubbish cookbooks for half that price, he replied. If it s a lovely book as well as a good cookbook, it s well worth the extra money. Now, here are the most painful words I may ever have to write Aran McMahon, you were right and I was wrong. It is not too expensive, it is worth every penny and more. The book takes you on a culinary journey through the day from morning to lunchtime, afternoon, and evening, and then on to a set of useful pantry notes. If you eat in Ard Bia now and again, you will recognise some of these recipes the full fry and the Berlin platter, the lunchtime salads, soups, and stews, the bakes from the table inside the little front door. A thick section which waltzes you through the starters and mezze, fish, meat, and vegetarian and something for afterwards to keep you at the table a little longer than you really meant to stay - it is what they are really good at. Aoibheann MacNamara has teamed up with food writer Aoife Carrigy to capture the essence of Ard Bia of Nimmo s. In my opinion Ard Bia really only got soul when it moved into Nimmo s, but when it did it really found its spiritual home. It is food with inspiration from around the world but is ultimately grounded in Irish produce and seasonal ingredients. It is never a chore to eat here either, no-one will ever smother your food in a mist or a foam or a nonsense you will only ever be in danger of being smothered with love. For the cookbook lovers out there this one is a keeper. I will be filing it in my collection alongside the Drimcong Food Affair under the bit of Galway food history section. The paper is the yummy un-coated kind, the little drawings are quirky, and the photos with the vintage props will cause terrible crockery envy. Even the typeface is one of my favourites. This is more than a collection of recipes, it is a memento and a keepsake, something precious and special. A snapshot of a time and a place in Galway that captures the energy and spirit of the place that is Ard Bia. --Galway Advertiser

I want to talk about a completely charming cookbook named Ard Bia. The name means high food' and is the name of a quirky, eclectic restaurant in Galway which mixes the best of local Irish produce with influences from much further afield, such as Turkey and the Middle East. The book is organised in an unusual way, taking the reader through a day in the restaurant, from breakfast, brunches and breads' to after-dinner treats. The final chapter is devoted to the pantry' which turns out to be an important element of the book. More than just a collection of basic techniques it's an overflow of information from the previous chapters which ties the whole book together nicely. Unlike many cookery books linked with a particular restaurant, Ard Bia isn't intimidating. The recipes are interesting but approachable, with lots of tips and alternative suggestions. They range from the sophisticated Poached Langoustines with Samphire to the homely Niamh's Mam's Chicken, Carrot and Sweet Potato Stew. The book has a calm, uncluttered style, with plenty of white space on the page. The illustrations are a mix of photographs (several being of the people behind the book) and charming line drawings. Even the photographs of the authors offer a modesty and charm that leave the reader intrigued. I think the beauty of this book is it leaves the reader with a desire to travel to the restaurant and connect with its authors, experiencing Ard Bia for yourself. And perhaps if you're organised, you might remember to take along your copy of the book for them to autograph, giving you a lasting keepsake of your trip to Galway. --Kevin Ashton, WannabeTVChef

About the Author

Aoibheann Mac Namara, propietor of Ard Bia: restaurateur and entrepreneur and Aoife Carrigy, former deputy editor of Food & Wine Magazine and freelance food writer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 14 May 2013
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A truly wonderful and inspiring cookbook. I bought it after discovering the place on a website and thought why not. It is expensive but the book is big and full of beautiful recipes from happy go lucky home cooking. To upmarket dinner party food.
Highly recommended reading for any foodie or serious cook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book from a lovely cafe! 29 Sep 2012
Ard Bia is a restaurant in Galway, Ireland and one of my favourite places to eat, so naturally I had to buy the cookbook, but I would highly recommend the book even for those who've never had the pleasure of eating in Ard Bia. This beautifully presented book has a comprehensive selection of recipes, covering everything from breakfast/brunch through lunch/dinner/supper to store cupboard essentials (advice on what to buy and possible uses, plus recipes for condiments such as mayonnaise and salad dressings). There are also recipes for drinks such as rosehip cordial and hot citrus juice. Some of the recipes sound exotic (e.g. lamb koubideh) but none seem to require ingredients that aren't easily obtained. I can't wait to try out all the recipes and would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes cooking good food.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book - very unusual 30 Oct 2013
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the book is great, very helpful ideas, great recipes... a new take on some favourites... i ordered 2 copies on the days, one was brand new as requested, the other was not which was very disappointing...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Irish food 17 Nov 2013
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The book is great but it looked more beat-up than I expected from the ad. Still, the recipes work! Try my fave, the soda bread.
5.0 out of 5 stars unique take on food, out of Galway 12 Nov 2013
By Barbara Summers - Published on Amazon.com
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wonderful restaurant in Galway, Ireland. recipes are interestng, earthy and elegant, as is the layout of this cookbook itself, Plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
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