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Mcguire's Irish Pub Cookbook Hardcover – April 30, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (April 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565542991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565542990
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

McGuire's Irish Pub is a friendly place, where the patrons indulge in fun and games--like kissing a moosehead when they miss a note in a sing-along! The place overflows with Irish hospitality and charm, just like any Irish pub--although it happens to be a 20,000-square-foot restaurant in Florida. Does such a place make real Irish food, and can it be recreated at home? Based on recipes for Soda Bread and smoky-tasting, bacon-studded Potato Soup, it is indeed possible. McGuire's also offers standard, non-Irish pub grub, like a Smoked Chicken Salad and Basil Shrimp on Fresh Noodles. There are also wilder fancies, including Chicken Timbales with Orange Tarragon Cream, which only ambitious home chefs are likely to tackle. McGuire's really excels at recipes that give a creative twist to traditional Irish fare. Witness the Bean Soup--thick with three kinds of melted cheese--and a dense black bean chili made with stout. (Alcohol appears often in this book's recipes, but what teetotaler hangs out at an Irish pub?)

Written partly as a serious cookbook and partly as a souvenir for its patrons, McGuire's Irish Pub Cookbook is a bright and cheery book, packed with photos and illustrations to help bring the taste of Ireland into your very own kitchen. --Dana Jacobi

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Opened in Pensacola, Florida, in 1977, McGuire's Irish Pub was initially a small, neighborhood pub. Since moving to Pensacola's charming, original Old Firehouse in 1982, its reputation-and capacity-have grown. McGuire's quirky atmosphere is complete with moose heads, Irish music, and a wall-to-ceiling papering of more than 150,000 dollar bills, a tradition that started when co-owner Molly Martin earned her first dollar tip and hung it on the wall. The personal touch and excellent food make this a popular destination for tourists and locals. The drinks also attract their fair share of customers, and with a brew house making ales, porters, and stouts on the premises, it is easy to understand why. Florida Trend magazine has repeatedly honored McGuire's with the Golden Spoon Award, which designates the pub as one of Florida's top ten restaurants. Named Steakhouse of the Year by the National Beef Council and deemed "Famous for Great Steaks" by Southern Living Magazine, McGuire's has earned an international reputation for first-class fare. Within these pages is an introduction to the signature dishes enjoyed by millions. Easy instructions and everyday ingredients allow everyone to recreate their favorite McGuire's meal for friends and family. Enjoy Scalloped Oysters followed by an entrée of Chardonnay Poached Salmon with Watercress Butter. Of course, no dinner is complete without dessert! Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Glazed Pears and Frangelica hits the sweet spot, but it is truly divine with a mug of McGuire's Irish Coffee. Just be sure to bring your bain taitneamh as do bhéile-a hearty appetite! Jessie Tirsch has spent a lifetime in search of good food. After a career as a New York advertising executive, Tirsch moved to New Orleans, inspired by a trip to Jazz Fest and the culinary life of the Crescent City. She has worked with internationally famous chefs Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme on several cookbooks. An expert in cuisines from the Far East to the Emerald Isle, Tirsch seeks to combine her creativity and love of food in every new project. McGuire and Molly Martin, owners of McGuire's Irish Pub, truly have the luck of the Irish. McGuire Martin was raised in a family of restaurateurs, and it was inevitable that he would open his own restaurant. The Martins' hard work and long hours in the early days of the pub have made McGuire's a stunning success. They are still actively involved in the daily running of the pub, and Molly's lovely singing voice can be heard on many a night as she sings such classics as "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." The Martins called on more than twenty years of experience to select the perfect recipes for this cookbook. Jacket painting by Larry Strickland

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Jessie Tirsch, a native New Yorker, spent 11 years in New Orleans where she co-authored Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking with chef Emeril Lagasse, and ghost-wrote Chef Paul Prudhomme's Seasoned America. She then proceeded to author two of her own books: A Taste of the Gulf Coast (Macmillan) and McGuire's Irish Pub Cookbook (Pelican Publishing).

Although hard at work on a novel based on a true story set in New Orleans, Jessie is also kept busy as a freelance writer, specializing in high-impact advertising, press releases, brochures and articles for business-to-business and consumer campaigns.

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The recipes range from casual to great for entertaining and most are relatively simple to follow.
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I bought this cookbook for my wife as she really loves to cook and learning to cook foods that I love from Ireland is really great.
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My basis for evaluating this book is my recently reviewed `The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook' by Kay Shaw Nelson.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By rtistelle on August 17, 2004
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I love cookbooks, creating a cookbook collection, and cooking. I've never been satisfied by the Irish ones I have though, which has been a lament as I am an Irish lass. The recipes in other books tend to come in fits and starts, and some need modifying...until this gem.

I can throw my other Irish cookbooks away; all I need is this full-bodied book. I made Irish Whiskey Balls and Colcannon Pie for my office for St Paddy's Day. Raves all around from a discerning audience (some are Bon Appetite diehards). Everyone wanted the pie recipe who tasted it.

So far, not a recipe tragedy in any one I've tried. McGuire's Irish Pub Cookbook already feels like an old friend and trusted companion, partly because of its good storyline as well. I expect many good years with it by my side. Maybe a trip to Florida is on the horizon as it would be fun to check out the hearth of this pub.

Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sparkmonkey on June 19, 2000
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I came across this cookbook quite accidentally and bought it sight unseen. It is probably the best cookbook purchase I have ever made. Anyone who has been to MacGuire's knows that the food is almost as exquiste and the scenery. I made "Paddy's Artichoke and Spinach Dip" for a dinner party and everyone was asking for the recipe. A definite buy for anyone who loves to entertain.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Biblioholic Beth VINE VOICE on May 31, 2003
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Never having been to McGuire's Pub, I bought the book more out of curiosity. It has become one of my favorite cookbooks as well as my husband's. The recipes range from casual to great for entertaining and most are relatively simple to follow. Now that we have moved to Florida, I plan to visit the real thing soon!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 18, 2004
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I bought this book as a companion to the "Complete Encylopaedia of Beer", thinking it would have pub sandwiches and onion rings. We just love this book! We have made the Basil Shrimp and the Smoked Salmon Bisque. They were very good, not complicated to make. Now we just have to pick which one to try next! There are several Irish dishes, but they are more appetizing than the standard corned beef and cabbage. Each recipe is accompanied by a little history or story, which makes for more interesting and fun cooking.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on February 28, 2006
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`McGuire's Irish Pub Cookbook' by cookbook author for hire, Jessie Tirsch is a book-length add for the bar and restaurant in Pensacola, Florida by the same name. While this may immediately discredit the book in some people's minds, I found this to be an excellent presentation if Irish-American bar food, with the Irish influence being dominant.

Two words of warning to people whom may be encouraged to visit McGuire's Irish Pub. The first is that like Boston's `The Bull and Finch', the model for the bar portrayed in the TV series, `Cheers', `McGuire's' promises to be very busy, turning over a chair about once every half hour, in their public rooms. When I visited `The Bull and Finch', I barely had time to have a pint of beer and score a beer class including the `Cheers' logo plus a tee-shirt. The second is that many recipes in this book are not actually served at the pub today. But, neither of these considerations detracts in any way from the quality of the book.

My basis for evaluating this book is my recently reviewed `The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook' by Kay Shaw Nelson. The first thing that comes home to me is the similarity of available shellfish in Scotland and Ireland compared to the shellfish available in the Gulf of Mexico. Both `terroirs;' have ample supplies of fresh shrimp (prawns), oysters, mussels, and clams. Thus, subtropical Pensacola can do a great imitation of dishes from the oceanic fauna of the North Sea and the North Atlantic. The second thing where I find a great parallel between American pubs and Scotch - Irish pubs is the fact that the hamburger in its many permutations is a staple bar food for both regions. I was so surprised to find so many good hamburger recipes in Ms.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bedrestmom on January 2, 2005
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I admit that I was really excited to find this book. We ate at McGuire's in Pensacola a couple of times, and I desperately wanted their Shepard's Pie recipe. It's not in the book! It's one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant. Furthermore, the recipe for that incredible brown bread that they serve at the table is not in the book either!

I was planning a special birthday party for my very-Irish mother, and really wanted to make both of these for her. It was pretty disappointing. However, the dessert choices were amazing.

If you are buying this to be able to have recipes from your favorite dishes from the restaurant, you may be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By glogeo on March 14, 2013
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I purchased this to give my neighbor as a gift. After I browsed through it, I bought my neighbor something else. I like the fact that almost all the ingredients are items I normally have on hand. The cookbook is easy to read and has all the steps spelled out so it's easy to follow.
The recipes are very tasty. Each recipe also has a comment at the beginning about the history or ideas for subsitution to save money or serving ideas.
I would recommend this cookbook! Now I have to buy another one for my neighbor ...........
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