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The Irish Spirit: Recipes Inspired by the Legendary Drinks of Ireland Paperback – August 17, 2006


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In her newest Irish cookbook, Johnson (Irish Pub Cookbook; Irish Heritage Cookbook) dares to take the drink from the glass and pour it right into the pot. In doing so, she raises the bar, creating rich and complex flavor combinations while instilling a good dose of Eire drinking history along the way. Chapters are organized by spirit. There are a dozen sweet recipes in the Irish Creams chapter, for example, but rooting out the many other dessert options involves browsing through the index or, better yet, paging through the many wonderful photographs. Black and Tan Brownies in the "Affable Brews" section catch the eye: a cup of Guinness stout darkens half the treat while light brown sugar and pecans make up the tan underside. Savory selections made with beer include Medieval Stew with Stout, and Oysters with Bacon, Cabbage, and Guinness Sabayon; entrees with whiskey include Bushmills Duck au Poivre with a sauce thickened by heavy cream. The resources appendix is a necessity for those seeking the traditional tastes, since Kerrygold Irish butter is used throughout, as is Irish bacon. And for those who would rather sip than chew, there are informative pages on such topics as Irish whiskey history, brewing techniques and the origins of cider. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Margaret M. Johnson is a noted cookbook author and journalist. She has written for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine, Irish Echo, and the Underground Wine Journal. Her cookbooks include The Irish Heritage Cookbook; The New Irish Table; Irish Puddings, Tarts, Crumbles, and Fools; and the Irish Pub Cookbook. When she is not visiting her ancestral home of Ireland, she lives in New York.

Leigh Beisch is a San Francisco-based photographer. Her work has also appeared in several books by Margaret M. Johnson.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811850420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811850421
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received this cookbook as a gift.
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I am pleased to say that this book has added a few new twists.
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Highly recommended for anyone who likes to cook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunbum on December 22, 2010
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The Irish spirit cookbook was recommended by a friend. I bought the book with one recipe in mind, the Gaelic Steak. I was told that it was excellent!.. I must say she was right! Every recipe that I have made since has been equally as satisfying. I have found the ingredients in the recipes easy to find in local stores. The recipes are easy to follow, and each contains a bit of history of the dish. The photograpy is excellent and pictures of the finished recipes (availalable for many of the dishes) make it easy to make your dish attractive as well as tasty. I have found the glossary and the table of equivalents in the back of the book helpful with other cooking as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 22, 2008
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This is absolutely an awesome cookbook. Being Irish, wanting to go to Ireland, and loving to cook made this a must have.Highly recommended for anyone who likes to cook. Kathy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Taylor on April 14, 2011
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Just to point out, this is a cookie cutter new wave recipe cookbook. Not that I'm knocking it down or anything but honestly it doesn't leave me room to inspire. It has many recipes like generally every other typical Irish cookbook out there. What makes this a book that I like to read though is the collection of whiskey history. A great gift to any Irish Whiskey lover. And even better if they aren't the best cook. Many of these recipes are kind of a throw together and forget it or simple like traditional American style recipes. Nothing too gourmet or complicated. I hope I'm not making it sound like a bad book, but I honestly just expected a lot more from it. I've basically read it and then stuffed it on a shelf. When I'm looking for real Irish inspiration I turn to Darina Allen's Irish Traditional book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Tegtmeier on February 23, 2014
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I received this cookbook as a gift. I love all things Celtic so I decided to give this a go as well. My husband and I LOVE this cookbook. It is by far the most used in our collection. The main dishes are hearty and not overly complicated to make. The surprise is that the side dishes are amazing as well. Some of our favourite recipes are the Carrot Turnip Puree & the Rutabaga Puree. The downside to this cookbook is finding the specific ingredients called for in the recipes. We've found that if you can't find something, do a little research to find a comparable item (i.e. If you can't find say a specific whiskey, find out the notes of that brand and then substitute for one with similar flavour. Not all whiskeys are created equal.). I can't do without this cookbook. So many yummy memories!
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Being a Chef/Instructor I am always looking for new and intresting recipes to use, I teach International Cooking and when we do Ireland and Great Britian we are always looking to improve our recipe file.
I am pleased to say that this book has added a few new twists.
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