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The Irish Pub Cookbook Paperback – December 15, 2005
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Leigh Beisch is a San Francisco based photographer. Her work has appeared in many fashion, lifestyle, and health magazines, as well as in Viva Margarita (0-8118-4022-0) and Olives, Anchovies, and Capers (0-8118-2494-2).
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To state a perfectly obvious fact, you probably only want to buy this book if you happen to want to cook recipes prepared at Irish pubs. That is, if you already own a fairly sizable collection of cookbooks, many of the recipes in this book will simply be variations on recipes you already have in either a standard book on Irish cooking or in books on Brasserie or Trattoria cooking. This premise, however, is no little recommendation. My personal experience of pub food in England, to which most of these recipes bear a strong resemblance, is that English speaking pubs offer a quality of food at least as good as their much more widely advertised French Brasserie and Italian Trattoria cousins. Like the famous Italian and French `bar food' recipes, these also have the virtue of being very fast to prepare. Either they cook very quickly or they can be cooked up ahead and reheated very quickly. The best model for Americans of pub / brasserie / trattoria food would be the kind of thing you will find at Chili's, Bennigan's, or Appleby's, except that my experience with the three European versions is that they tend to deal in less greasy and less cliched dishes.Read more ›
We have a St. Patrick's party every year and have used this cookbook almost exclusively. We consistantly make the Blue-Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, but have made a few changes with it. The Seafood Chowder is a crowd pleaser. I also love the Bacon, Blue-Cheese and Courgette (Zucchini) soup. The star of our cookbook, though, is the Black and White Guinness Mousse. I make this dessert 4 or 5 times a year. It is my most requested dessert and it is a wonderful presentation. My cookbook literally opens up to that page on its own.
Coming from a woman who has hundreds of cookbooks, this is one of my favorite. I am lucky enough to have Kerrigold butter sold in our local supermarket and I can also source true bangers, which makes a nice treat for our family. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for truly authentic Irish recipes. Slainte!
Tonight I cooked the Hargadon's Irish pub stew recipe from the book. I was a little concerned as it basically had no seasoning... just salt and pepper to taste. It was lamb, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, celery, onions and barley. That's it unless you count water as an ingredient. And the ingredient list only lists 3 onions, 5 potatoes, etc. Large, small, who knows? And two cups of barley. Dry, wet, other? No other direction.
The recipe started off calling for two pounds of lamb with enough water to cover, bringing to a boil and then adding two cups of barley and cooking for 30 minutes. Two cups of barley is enough to absorb 5 times that amount of water. So after 30 minutes I was instructed to add 5 potatoes, 3 onions, 2 parsnips, 4 large carrots and 4 stalks of celery. I had an unseasoned lamb and barley porridge with about 3 quarts of vegetables to mix in and cook for two hours. I had to add so much water to get it thin enough to even stir in the vegetables I ended up almost filling my 6 quart pot to the top. No amount of seasoning could save this dish. Bland and more bland with gelatinous bits of barley dominating every bite. If you ever try this recipe, skip the barley.
The funny thing is the picture on cover of the book is this recipe. No barley in sight.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is full of great recipes that would please any fan of traditional Irish cooking!Published 2 months ago by SayBaby39
The recipes in this book are excellent, and the stories are great too. I feel like I walk back into an Irish Pub every time I cook from this book.Published 2 months ago by Arkengareth
I really like this cookbook. It's a bit more detailed time wise than I like to cook but I've got some pretty good recipes out of it.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought it to use as research for a story. My husband has been enjoying the recipes I've made.Published 8 months ago by Pepper Smith