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Eat this book.
on January 22, 2010
This is my favorite Irish cookbook. Beautifully illustrated and filled with interesting cultural information as well as tempting recipes. It's nearly encyclopedic in scope, as well - a hefty book, obviously a labor of love.
In several recipes so far I've found that I need to alter the quantities of various ingredients to hit a home run. The Irish Stew was simple, but maybe the best I've ever had, however the first time I made it I used all the potatoes and cream that the recipe called for, and I didn't get a nice crust on top. Dial back the thickness of the potato layer and a little less cream (plus 2 cloves of garlic all minced up, because that's how I roll), and then it was perfect. Likewise a 'bunch' of kale is apparently smaller in Ireland than here in Washington, so my first crack at colcannon soup actually "tasted green" according to my guests. It was still good, but next time I'm going to try with less kale.
Also, several dishes include ingredients hard to find in my city. Not the author's fault, of course, and probably not an issue if you live in a big city, but there you have it.
Overall, I am very impressed with this cookbook and will return to it often.