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Real Irish Food: 150 Classic Recipes from the Old Country

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People in Ireland are sometimes mortified by what Americans think of as "Irish food". That's because the real thing is much subtler and more delicious than any platter of overcooked corned beef and mushy cabbage could ever be. Real Irish food is brown soda bread so moist it barely needs the yolk-yellow butter; fragrant apple tarts with tender, golden crusts; rich stews red...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published November 1st 2012)
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Sandra Lassiter
Knowing I had friend coming for an extended visit who had visited Ireland and was actually getting ready to move over there, I bought this book to cook some real Irish food for them. I've always been interested in British cooking anyway, so I couldn't wait to dig into this cookbook. I nearly had to physically restrain her from stealing this book from me! Recipe after recipe was pointed out that they had enjoyed in Ireland, and the wonderful photos were nearly cried over. This book is a feast for...more
Family lore said I had Irish ancestry. Well, I finally saw the evidence of such Irish roots with my own eyes. My great-great-great grandfather, John Hood, came here from Ireland in the 1800's. Further, his wife, Elizabeth, had Irish ancestry herself; her father was born in Ireland. They seem to have met and married in New York. Wow! Here's to the 1880 census!

In honor of this and in keeping with my making old family recipes over the last few months, I decided to pick up and read this great cookbo...more
Food is lovingly described, with reminiscences and overviews, so it really is a book to read. There are gorgeous photos of food and shops and countryside. I read a library copy, but plan to buy one for my own kitchen. Some of the foods are those my non-Irish mother made, just good country food. Some are particular to Ireland, I assume. These recipes are Minnesota-friendly, with the northern climate and short growing season. Berries, not melons, for example. I made colcannon this week, which will...more
Leigh Austin-schmidt
What a lovely book, written by an Irishman. Loads of historical and geographical tidbits.
A great Irish cookbook from someone who knows authentic Irish food!
Gorgeous photos and fun, informative writing. When I started baking from it, though, I ran into trouble, and I'm a very experienced baker. The coffee cake fell flat and the Guinness cake called for a "9-inch pan" which must be way deeper than the American 2 inches. I used two pans and the cooking time was twice what it should have been (of course). This book is better for looking than cooking, in my experience. Maybe it's an Irish/American translation problem.
Joy Matteson
I think a big part of me always knew that Irish food tasted better than what I've seen or heard people say. A lot of Irish food jokes about how terrible their food was made me sad to hear. But! This cookbook proves them all wrong. An amazing collection of true Irish food that looks incredible, and uses (for the most part) every day ingredients. Wish I owned it!
This book has many intriging recipes like Chocolate Guiness Cake and the Irish version of potato pancakes for starters. The pictures were beautiful and everything looked mouth watering. If you have Irish in your bloodline, this is a book you will like.
Definitly worth adding to your cookbook corner of ethnic foods. Beautiful photos and commentary of each section and recipe itself. It shows how simple but delicious authentic Irish food is.
Nice little commentary before each recipe, also a beautiful photo for each. I haven't cooked anything yet , but it is tempting me.
Lynn Ristau
I love the pictures and the narration but haven't tried any of the recipes yet. They look like they will be tasty.
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