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Surf Café Cookbook: Living the Dream: Cooking and Surfing on the West Coast of Ireland Paperback – October 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Publishing (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956789315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956789310
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Myles Lamberth is head chef at Shells Cafe in Strandhill, Ireland. He's the co-author (with wife Jane) of the highly successful Surf Cafe Cookbook.

Food and the outdoors are Jane and Myles Lamberth's great passions. Myles learnt his cookery skills in some unique locations around the world: he's cooked on campfires in Africa while river guiding, been a chef at exclusive chalets in the French Alps, and working for a top on-site catering company in the US where he cooked for musicians like The Gypsy Kings and Snoop Dogg. Closer to home, he spent several seasons working as a chef in prestigious beach hotels like the 5-star Headland Hotel in Cornwall. Jane, meanwhile, began her career in marketing but her love of travel soon took her away from the city to destinations that offered surf or snow. The couple met in Cornwall and spent the next five years working and travelling together, doing seasonal work in the UK and France. In 2010 they opened Shells Cafe at Strandhill on the beautiful Atlantic coast of northwest Ireland. Shells quickly developed a name as a flourishing eatery serving delicious wholesome foods, and Jane and Myles went on to write a book about their experiences, filled with fabulous recipes. The Surf Cafe Cookbook (also published by Orca Publications) has since been a runaway success, receiving glowing reviews from cookery mags and blogs around the world.


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It's also full of great stories.
Debbie Schneider
I love to cook and own a lot of cookbooks and this one has quicly become my favorite..it is definitely on my top ten list.
Heather M. Hall
This book really entices you to get cooking and was easy to follow and very artistically put together.
Lauren Ash

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lmitch on October 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
'The Surf Café Cook Book' is a cook book, a journal, and a lifestyle guide. It's unpretentious and interesting, dispelling any remaining rumors that Irish food = corned beef and cabbage. Honestly, you'll want to sit down and read it like a novel a few times before you throw an apron on. As an American, I appreciated the tidbits on Irish surfing, accommodation suggestions for visiting the area, crafts, and passages on coastal living, etc. The recipes weave together beautifully with the photos and personal passages. A great book for cooks or beginners.

A shout out to the authors, too many favorite parts to mention. Your Shells Café on Strandhill is on the bucket list. Craic on.

PS. The smoothies on p. 28 sent me straight to the grocery store.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Ash on July 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Not only was the book easy to follow but it also had a really nice personal and homely feel to it. As for the contents it has everything in it, from the best seasonal foods to keeping fuelled for the day. This book really entices you to get cooking and was easy to follow and very artistically put together. Definitely a cookbook i'm going to keep coming back to time and time again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather M. Hall on May 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is so much more than a cookbook. I love to cook and own a lot of cookbooks and this one has quicly become my favorite..it is definitely on my top ten list. There is a saying you taste first with your eyes..which is why I think including amazing pictures with recipes is so important. This book definitely delivers if the picutres don't pull you in the amazing recipes will. Sprinkled amongst the pictures and recipes are articles ranging from surfing history to ocean life to foraging for food. There is even a page that gives you directions on crocheting. This book is great to own and would also make a great gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C. Eidson on January 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
We love this cookbook! Creatively put together, every recipe in this book is easy to make. It even has a section of tips on how to make food taste good. I would recommend this cookbook to all hungry surfers out there. Every time we use this cookbook we like it better and better - a "must have" surfing cookbook & it makes a great gift!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Darren on December 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
In short this is a cookbook written by the owner-couple of "Shells Café" in Strandhill on the west coast of Ireland, featuring locally-produced food that could be suitable for an intimate family gathering or just when lounging about with friends. All with a surfing/coastal/Irish mix for good measure.

At first this reviewer was a little sceptical to the concept behind the book but as the pages turned this soon evaporated. The book features a very "busy" design yet it does not feel cluttered and a number of interesting design elements are used, such as making the contents page look like a menu. At first the reader is treated to a mixture of cooking education and a bit of philosophy behind the restaurant. More experienced cooks invariably skip over these pages as they normally just repeat much of a muchness but it might be worth casting an eye through it for a new insight or two.

Then it is straight to the recipes, split up as you would expect into different meal times and meal types. Some of the recipes will have you wondering why a simple item has been included, such as porridge or a cup of chai (tea) but if you read around the recipes you can discover the "whys" a lot clearer and often it is the simpler things in the kitchen that can be easily ruined. Of course, as you would expect from an Irish restaurant, there is a particular Irish influence to matters but this is in no way a "parochial" trendy Irish cookbook.

Some of the recipes, perhaps aided by the wonderful photographs, are likely to inspire you to try things you hadn't considered before and, if you had just heard the name, you might have been put off.
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