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A Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School [Hardcover]

Darina Allen , Michelle Garrett , Melanie Eclare
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29 Sep 1997
Containing over 100 Irish recipes using fresh ingredients, this book also records the author's energy and successes as founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork. Darina Allen makes use of the wealth of produce grown in her own vegetable, herb and fruit gardens.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; First Edition edition (29 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856262561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856262569
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 24.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,150 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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Darina Allen is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and award-winning author of Irish Traditional Cooking, the best-selling Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery Course and Healthy Gluten-free Eating (with Rosemary Kearney) and her latest book, Easy Entertaining. She co-founded the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Ireland. She is also a tireless campaigner for local produce, setting up Ireland's first Farmers' Market. She was winner of the 2005 International Association Culinary Professionals 'Cooking Teacher of the Year' award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Seasonal and traditional cooking from County Cork 2 April 2007
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Review by Henrietta Green April 2007

Darina Allen has a deserved reputation as an ambassador for Irish food, champion of Irish farmers markets and a great teacher and communicator.

In her latest book, she returns to her much-loved cookery school at Ballymaloe, near Cork in Ireland. Set in organic gardens and with its own farm, the Ballymaloe Cookery School uses much of its own produce in the classroom that provides the base for seasonal recipes throughout the year. Other ingredients are sourced locally from surrounding producers, many of whom we meet throughout the book.

Darina's style is to use these quality ingredients to create dishes with flair. The recipes have been tried and tested at the school and enjoyed and devoured by eager students. In fact, many are expanded with extra notes including what makes them special to teach to the class. There's also a good `Basics' section that guides you on pastry, stocks and sauces, the special Ballymaloe salad dressing and flavoured oils and jellies.

She also shares her wide knowledge of Irish history and folklore. In the bread chapter, you'll find recipes for Irish wheaten and soda bread with the advice to never forget to cross the top of the loaf, `to let the faeries out' or the loaf will be jinxed.

So even if you don't have access to the bountiful harvests at Ballymaloe, you can easily recreate the recipes using the best of the season from your own garden or farmers market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ballymaloe trip in your armchair 24 Oct 2010
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If like me you can't afford the time and money to go to wonderful Ballymaloe and take a cookery course, this is the book for you to read snuggled up in your armchair by the fire. A lovely evocation of the place and the life of the cookery school, including the resident chickens.Gorgeous photographs sprinkled alonside the prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious! 19 April 2010
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I love this woman- Darina Allen! She writes as tho she is an old friend, taking you on a wondrous journey thru her life, and what an extraordinary life it is! I have two of her books so far, this one and her newest, Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honored Ways are the Best - Over 700 Recipes Show You WhyShe gives tips and techniques and teaches you instead of just informing you if you get what I mean. Stop reading and buy her books now if you like more than a cookbook, but also wisdom and long forgotten techniques and knowledge.
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