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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 June 2012
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!
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on 12 October 2009
Lovely collection of 34 Irish recipes.

Almond Cheesecakes
Apple Pudding
Baked Salmon
Balnamoon Skink
Barm Brack
Beef in Stout
Blackcap Pudding
Boxty Pancakes
Caragreen Pudding
Champ
Cockle Soup
Cod and Cockles
Cod's Roe Fritters
Colcannon
Dublin Coddle
Honey Pudding
Hunter's Pie
Irish Coffee
Irish Farm Broth
Irish Roast Rabbit
Irish Stew
Leak and Oatmeal Broth
Michael Kelly's Sauce
Oatcakes
Parsnip and Apples
Pork Ciste
Potato Soup
Potato Wine
Potted Herrings
Scallop Pie
Soda Bread
Spiced Beef
Urney Pudding
Yellow Man

No photos of any finished dish, so not one for cooks that require photos for guidence/inspiration.

There are a few recipes in this book that are duplicated in others of this range, but overall a nice collection.
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on 13 December 2008
i think this book is a little gem. it has so many recipes squashed into a tiny little book. there is not only the classics of irish stew and soda bread, but also lesser known ones. my nan was irish and many of recipes died with her, so it meant a lot to me to find such a honest little cook book.
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on 27 September 2001
A small little nicely decorated notepad with those forgotten recipes that your nan used to make, nice for those that get homesick from time to time and cannot for the life of you remember the ingredients let alone the recipe.
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on 8 September 2010
Great recipe book this ive tried most of the recipes in it even down to the potato wine(watch this one its very,very strong)The recipes are easy to make and the book itself is easy to follow.
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on 20 December 2013
Purchased as a stocking filler for my Wife, but as we are both of Irish desent, should give us some interesting recipes to enjoy. A great little book.
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on 19 December 2013
bought this as present for father he will love it, had a look at it before it was wrapped would like to make some of the recipes myself.
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on 29 March 2013
nice book with older recipes, nice to have in my collection,. first class in all transactions. look forward to tying out some baking
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on 30 December 2011
Great book - just what I needed. Mum desperate to to cook new recipes, now she can. Great service, book arrived prompt
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on 26 August 2014
another wee good cookery biooksw ideal to have a very large one instead
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