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My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve Hardcover – March 11, 2014
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—Darina Allen, author of Irish Traditional Cooking and Forgotten Skills of Cooking
“This is a scrumptious gathering of everything Irish. It has the haughty (foie gras with black pudding and pears) and the humble (cheese on toast), the familiar (a curing brine for ham) and the unusual (a homey dish called Dublin Coddle). Along the way you’ll meet Da and his garden and Mam and her array of stews (beef, Irish, and President Obama’s chicken). These are recipes you dare not live without.”
—Phyllis Richman, former Washington Post restaurant critic
“Cathal has that rare combination of deep civic mindedness, compassion, and culinary talent. This book is full of wonderful recipes to explore, from a Saint Patrick’s Day roast leg of lamb with herb pesto to simple, classic brown bread. In the fine spirit of Darina Allen, Cathal is preserving Irish foodways, celebrating their rich traditions, and breathing new life into them.”
—Alice Waters, proprietor of Chez Panisse and author of The Art of Simple Food
“In this warm and personal tribute to Irish cuisine, Cathal Armstrong invites us to come home with him to his family’s kitchen, and celebrates his roots through the lens of an Irish chef cooking in America. Reading this book could make anyone wish they were Irish. Cooking from it will make you feel as if you are.”
—Patrick O’Connell, author of Patrick O’Connell’s Refined American Cuisine
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Top Customer Reviews
Then there's books like this. A joy to read, learning tips and tricks and dishes AND it's not boring! I previewed my copy on NetGalley, in full disclosure, but this is a book I want in my kitchen. Not on the bookshelf - in the kitchen. USE it.
I loved the stories behind the recipes, and the personal touches in the book. Food is emotional. This book captures some of that - after all when was the last time you took a bite and pondered "oh this tastes so....efficient". Food choices are something we're obviously big on, but it's nice to see the treatment of fresh produce and meats without becoming a lecture...how refreshing! There's not condemnation of those who choose something else, but definitely encouragement on many fronts. There's simple dishes and more challenging ones within the pages of the book. This book is like a good meal - read to satisfy the hunger then savor it. Go back to it for more.
Well done - thoroughly enjoyed it. Love the 'translation' of US to Irish traditional and comparisons of both. This is a book I can happily recommend to friends and customers - always encouraging to find those!
The recipes in this book range from the incredibly simple, basic staples of Irish food to the fancy, decadent dishes served in a fancy restaurant. As you read through the book there are stories and anecdotes about all of Cathal's family. You get a real sense of who he is and for me that makes trying his recipes all the more fun.
The recipes in this book cover all the Irish basics including fish & chips, beef stew, shepherds pie, rack of lamb, scones and a wide array of potato dishes. I haven't tried all of the recipes in here but what I have tried has been delicious. Each recipe includes detailed instructions. There are recipes for people of all skill levels. Every recipe uses ingredients that are readily available. You may have to stop at more than one store but you should be able to find most everything you need if you live in a decent sized town. You will need to track down a butcher for some things like sheep kidneys for steak & kidney pie and a few of the rarer ingredients have websites listed where you can look for things you may need as well.
If you like traditional Irish food or want a really well written recipe for something a little fancier you should check out this book. If you want a mix of the two then this is definitely a book you should get your hands on! This cookbook will be staying in my kitchen for years to come.
I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.
This is a lovely cookbook and, while there aren't photos for every recipe, there are many great, full-color photos throughout the book. Ingredients and directions are well laid out, and the bits of history over each recipe and scattered throughout are interesting.
My only caveat with this cookbook, is the author comes across--especially in the introduction--as a bit of a braggart and a name-dropper, which can be annoying. Skip the introduction if that's something you don't enjoy. Otherwise, I thoroughly recommend this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Title: My Irish Table - Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve
Author: Cathal Armstrong & David Hagedorn
Publisher: Ten Speed Press... Read more
I enjoy the recipes & the instructional way they are presented. Also enjoy the personal narratives. The author could have tempered his self effusive, puffed-up view of himself... Read morePublished 9 months ago by tulip
I have already made several recipes from this book and my family loves all of them.Published 13 months ago by Heather
The book has what appears to be great recipes. The book did not have as many photographs as I had hoped for. Read morePublished 14 months ago by GaryCG
I love the book, but wonder if some of the quantities in the recipes are right. Made the piccalilli, but the sauce part came out more like peanut butter than the nice glaze shown... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dana Johnson
Discovered this book recently and am so glad I did. We are planning a return trip to Ireland and I wanted to make some of the dishes that we enjoyed on our first trip. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Julie W. Snyder