The Ballymaloe Cookbook Paperback – 1 Dec 1984
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About the Author
Myrtle Allen was born in Cork in 1924. She and her husband bought Ballymaloe in 1948, and there she began her varied life of farmer's wife, mother, writer, hotelier, hostess, teacher and of course, chef.
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Top Customer Reviews
Furthermore, Myrtle Allen wrote beautifully. Her stories are very charming and I enjoy reading a few again each time I am cooking with this book. I can no longer pass a field of buttercups without a smile for and a nod to this great woman.
The recipes range from traditional Irish to European and Asian many of which seem to have been introduced by guest cooks at the school. The latter are not necessarily completely authentic, but they are more feasible with European ingredients and very good. For example Vietnamese pork and lemongrass patties, or Thai chicken soup.
Experience with the cookery school may have assisted Darina Allen's clear and thorough explanations. Recipes are organised by the main ingredient, different treatments, and alternative variations for example in the secondary ingredients or flavourings. It's one of the the first places I would turn to for suggestions for unfamiliar ingredients or recipes.
The recipes and techniques are reliable and clearly-explained. The one flaw is poor proof-reading. A few quantities have been mis-typed, and a great many page references are wrong. My copy came with a loose page insert with a few corrections - I've since found many more. Hopefully this has been corrected in the second edition which I'm about to buy - having nearly worn out my first copy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another of the Allen family traditional baking recipes.
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This is a delightful book. I feel I'm in the kitchen with Myrtle Allen chatting to me. All Recipe weights and volumes given in both USA "cups" as well as grams and ounces! Read morePublished on 23 July 2014 by janus panus
The book, although in very good condition, is not in absolutely brand new condition as the pages have clearly been looked through. Read morePublished on 16 May 2014 by Patch
Great book by Myrle Allen.She was ahead of her time when she opened her restaurant. Great recipes with hints and tips.Published on 24 Nov. 2013 by Bucks
The Ballymaloe cookbook.
Book was rated as used but to my surprise it arrived as good as new, in perfect condition.