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The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook: Recipes and Lore from Celtic Kitchens Hardcover – June, 1999

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.,."hearty, wholesome recipes for family dinners, and more sophisticated and exotic dishes for entertaining with flair, making this book the perfect source for dining the Celtic way." --Potomac Almanac "Potomac Almanac" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kay Shaw Nelson is a writer/researcher of a variety of current and historical subjects, with a focus on food and travel. She is author of fifteen cookbooks, including The Complete International One-Dish Meal Cookbook and Soups from Around the World. She has also written hundreds of articles in publications such as Gourmet, Woman's Day, House & Garden, Family Circle, Cuisine, and the New York Times. She resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781807417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781807418
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 26, 2006
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`The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook' by Scottish / American culinary writer, Kay Shaw Nelson is another cookbook offering by the relatively low-priced, low profile publisher, Hippocrene Books, Inc. which has a large selection of cookbooks about many of the lesser world cuisines in `The Hippocrene Cookbook Library' as well as several books on Scottish and Irish subjects.

I have reviewed a few of these Hippocrene Books and compared to those offerings, this volume is superior to most, although it may not be the very best source for traditional Irish or Scottish recipes. On the other hand, I especially like this book for the fact that it seems to have very good versions of many recipes that may be so common that many flashier cookbooks may not even deign to cover them. My favorite here is the recipe for Scotch eggs, which recently came to fame as a dish prepared on `Iron Chef America' by the `Too Hot Tamales' (Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger) in a battle against Bobby Flay. The recipe made such an impression that while I remember it, I don't remember the secret ingredient or who won the battle.

I also like the fact that there is a much greater similarity between the two Celtic culinary cultures of Scotland and Ireland than there is between, for example the modern cuisines of Spain and Portugal, which some have lumped together. The biggest difference between the two may be the time at which each was influenced by contact with the French. For the Scottish, during the era of Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots, when Scotland and France were active allies against Protestant England.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lolalafonda on May 3, 2011
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This book provides authentic recipes for those who love Pub food.
We have made a variety of items including shortbread and scotch eggs.
Everyone loved the results.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By North on December 26, 2011
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A little bit of travel, a whole lot of recipes.

Most recipes are introduced with a description of the land, village, pub atmosphere or different ways to make the dish. So, you get a side of geography and history along with the some pictures of Scotland and Ireland.

If the kindle edition, you get no pictures of the dishes. I did not really miss them as the recipes are not difficult nor the ingredients impossible to find. Stews, potato dishes, sausages, patties, some surprising vegetables (rutagabas, nettles and seaweeds come to mind), and for those who need to lower their cholesterol, a lot of new ways to incorporate oats into everyday foods.

Pub food is not complicated, not expensive, and does not require a huge amount of time to make. This makes those recipes affordable, easy and quick to make. A perfect way to add some diversity in your everyday menu.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patg on January 30, 2012
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I love this cookbook. The author provides a lot of information about the origin of the recipe, the areas where it is most often made and historical & geographic information about the area where the recipe originated. The historical info alone makes the book worth reading. My father was a Scot, my mother Irish. These recipes remind me of my childhood.

This is good, simple and not so simple food. A cookbook worth owning.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2001
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This book is easy, warm, and satisfying. Reminds me of home with family, freinds, good food and good conversations. If you like good "pub" feel, buy the book.
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A love for that land and people made me do it! I received a very nice glossy cover jacketed copy of this book. It is an addition to my cookbooks and looks promising for recipe experiments which is what most of my cooking is. My family can attest to that having been subjected to my cooking :) I believe trying out cultural cooking is a great way to attempt experience the culture first hand in some way. It is a return through a time to my ancestors. It is not a book fat with a huge amount of recipes, but I remain that it looks like a good way to experience the culture.
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I got this book as a reminder of the foods we ate while living in the UK. This author was pretty good about taking you back to see what its like to cook UK kinds of food.
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It was fun to actually see recipes for the dishes my mom used to make throughout my childhood. This book has inspired me to serve the same dishes to my family.
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