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Maggie O'Farrell
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"Rarely am I entertained while going through a cookbook, but this one proves to be an exception. Maggie has a great way of "Edutaining". Entertaining while educating."  Ryan

"Very informative. I learned some things that I didn't know and I am of Irish descent on both sides of the family. I'll be working on these recipes to get them just right for our St. Patrick's Day feast." Kat

Soda bread is to Ireland as apple pie is to America.

The tradition of baking Irish soda bread in Irish homes lives on and lives strong.

As our soda bread recipes travelled around the world, they became distorted with local variations and ingredients. But my Granny never travelled. So in her every day baking she just did what her mother, grandmother and great grandmother did before her.

In this wee book dedicated to Irish soda bread you will learn all about making real, authentic Irish soda bread, just like my Granny made it.

Take a look at what else is inside:

Chapter 1: The Irish Soda Bread Myth

Chapter 2: So What Is It That Makes Irish Soda Bread Irish?

Chapter 3: Now Let's Talk About The Flour
How using the right flour will improve your bread dramatically

Chapter 4: Irish White Soda Bread Recipe
A great recipe anyone can make

Chapter 5: Simple Authentic Irish Brown Soda Bread Recipe
Everyone should be making Irish brown bread

Chapter 6: Irish Wholemeal Bread Recipe
Whole meal for the whole family

Chapter 7: Serving Suggestions

Chapter 8: PS: Wait Don't Go Just Yet .....

You too can make soda bread my Granny would be proud of.

It is so simple when you know how.

Also by Magggie

Make Irish Stew As The Irish Do

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5.0 out of 5 stars Slainte! March 11, 2012
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Maggie O'Farrell tells you everything (almost) that you need to know about making authentic IRISH SODA BREAD in the pages of this slim volume. Maggie's recipes for White, Wheat, Whole Meal and Surprise (aka Irish-American with fruit) soda breads are simple to do and as soda bread is quite similar to what we call "biscuits" here in the US, may very well become a favorite.

There are a couple of things you should take note of: Maggie calls for bicarbonate of soda or bread soda in most of these recipes. That is baking soda, the stuff in the orange box, not baking powder, the stuff in the round can. She calls for unhomogenized buttermilk, something that will be impossible to find almost anywhere in the US. The trick is to get buttermilk that is made with an active culture. Kate's brand is wonderful if you can find it, but you should be able to get cultured buttermilk in most communities. Irish Soda Bread requires soft wheat flour. All purpose just won't do. You can use cake flour but it is expensive. If you have a co-op or natural food store nearby you can probably buy pastry flour - also expensive, but less so. Certainly, you can order authentic Irish flour online, but if you are lucky enough to live in the Southern US you can just go grab yourself a bag of White Lily flour. White Lily is the GoTo flour in the South for perfect melt-in-your-mouth biscuits. (Remember I told you soda bread was quite like biscuits?) Make sure that you do NOT get the White Lily Self Rising flour to make soda bread with.

Great little book. Highly Recommended. Thanks Maggie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just In Time For St. Patrick's Day February 8, 2012
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This is an entertaining and educational book about Irish Soda Bread and it's history. Very informative. I learned some things that I didn't know and I am of Irish descent on both sides of the family. I'll be working on these recipes to get them just right for our St. Patrick's Day feast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting February 8, 2012
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This is not your typical cookbook which just lists a bunch of ingredients and directions and that is it. The author literally takes you by the hand and guides you through the entire process from start the finish. What makes the cookbook even better is that you learn a lot of extra little tips and tricks as well as curious facts about the Irish culture.

A very well written guide, if you want to learn how to make Irish bread or just learn a little bit more about the Irish cuisine and culture, this cookbook is a must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read March 12, 2012
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Maggie has created a neat little cookbook for Irish Soda Bread that is not only informative but also interesting. I can't wait to get some buttermilk and cake flour to try it for our St. Patrick's day dinner.
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More About the Author

Hi there, Maggie here thanks for dropping by. So, you would like to know a little bit about me. Great. Well I am Irish! First generation born and bred. I live in a lovely small city (the smallest in Ireland called Kilkenny).

I am a teacher, and I teach Domestic Science (also known as cookery but the subject does cover all things domestic) and I also teach the Irish language. I teach teenagers who have the ability to drive me completely mad while at the same time stimulate me and keep me on my toes.

To keep me sane, I also enjoy writing about Irish culture more specifically, the role of food in Irish culture, past and present.

So, along with recipes you get the history of the dish and much more. It is a wonderful experience to cook a dish, knowing and understanding where it came from and how it evolved over the years. When biting into your food, you can feel more connected to it.

I hope you enjoy my work and learn a little more about us Irish along the way.


(pronounced 'slawn che') and it means 'Good Health To You'

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