Darina Allen's pupils at Ireland's Ballymaloe Cookery School have been clamoring for her to write a definitive book for many years. At last, she has put down her recipes and thoughts, tips and shortcuts, together with all the fundamental techniques necessary for cooking fresh and delicious food.
Cooking well is a mixture of art, science, taste, and experimentation. Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook has been organized to present simple and classic recipes. She even includes "modern" recipes, using the international ingredients that are readily available in our supermarkets today. Since no book can contain every recipe ever invented, Darina Allen, by demonstrating over 200 basic techniques, has instead given readers the confidence and know-how to experiment and create their own dishes. From phyllo pastry to the art of carving, from preserving lemons to making pasta, from culturing yogurt to butterflying a leg of lamb, these clear instructions, given by one of the world's great cooking teachers, will inspire and encourage the art of fine food.
Why does food matter, and why buy the best ingredients available? Darina Allen explains in succinct and pithy detail how a dish's flavor develops; she proves that the enjoyment of good food is a sensation not to be missed. With sections on using the freezer, stocking the pantry, menu planning, and choosing wines, as well as information on basic equipment, Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook combines all the essentials needed to cook with flair.
Students who complete the three-month certificate course at Ballymaloe Cookery School are hired by fine restaurants worldwide. Here now is a book that contains all of Darina Allen's instruction and expertise. Destined to become everyone's kitchen bible, Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook is a spectacular gift for the beginner, as well as a useful tool for experienced cooks.
Darina Allen runs the world-renowned cooking school at Ballymaloe, Ireland, which she and her husband, Tim Allen, founded in 1981. Courses there range from a weekend mastering perfect jams to the three-month certificate course run twice a year. She is Ireland's most famous cooking-show host, having presented nine series of her program, Simply Delicious, on television around the world.
Darina Allen is a tireless campaigner for local produce. She is a natural teacher, whose energy and enthusiasm for good things are quite contagious. She was awarded the 2001 Veuve Clicquot Irish Businesswoman of the Year Award. Lauded as the food ambassador of Ireland, Darina Allen lectures and travels extensively. Her outstanding work as both teacher and cook has placed her firmly on the international culinary map.
Darina Allen is the author of several cookbooks, including Irish Traditional Cooking, winner of the Langhe Ceretto-SEI Prize, and her Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School, which was short-listed for the IACP Julia Child Awards. A Simply Delicious Irish Christmas is also available from Pelican.
Great down to earth and humorous writing as well as clear and concise instructions.
If you are at all like me, this will save you a lot of money in useless cookbooks and, at last, give you the courage to throw out the dross you've already accumulated.
The recipes are excellent and interesting, the commentary is informative and educational.
I first bought this book 10 years ago, and it led me to enroll in the 12 week course at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bing Broderick
The recipes are very easy. I love this cookbook. I cant wait for another one to come out. It's great.Published 9 months ago by Bridget moran
Amazing book/cookbook. Darina is the Alice Water's of Europe and as such she knows her stuff! The pictures are beautiful - her descriptions and information over a particular topic... Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Parks
The book is an interesting read. The author explains how she got a recipe and what makes it special. She encourages the reader to try new ideas.Published 16 months ago by Patsy C
How can one turn plain into fancy? Simple ideas and fresh food put together quickly make gourmet cooking today. Great ideas for basics, cafe` food, and lunches. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Margaret Anseline
My copy is this book is a total mess, which in my view is a great sign of a cookery book! I find it a great reference book in the kitchen. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by busymum
PURCHASED AFTER SEEING JAMIE OLIVER FOOD SHOW ON IRELAND. HE SHOWED THE COOKING SCHOOL AND I WAS INSTANTLY INTERESTED. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by JORDAINE
I attended the Ballymaloe Cookery School and thought Darina Allen's recipes and presentation was "spot on!!" I came home and ordered her cookbook immediately. Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by The Happy Cooker