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In The Country Cooking of Ireland, internationally acclaimed food and travel writer Colman Andrews brings to life the people, countryside, and delicious food of Ireland. Fast emerging as one of the world's hottest culinary destinations, Ireland is a country of artisanal bakers, farmers, cheesemakers, and butteries, where farm-to-table dining has been practiced for centurie ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published November 11th 2009 by Chronicle Books (first published 2009)
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Maureen Flatley
Perhaps the best Irish cookbook I've seen and just in time for St. Patrick's Day, it's full of all the best Irish basics in simple to follow recipe format. Though it is in the dreaded oversize format (note to publishers - I HATE THIS) it not only provides excellent recipe and food information it's full of excellent cultural and historical information. No revisionist history here, it lays out the story of the so called "famine" in painstaking detail. If you want to cook authentic Irish cuisine th ...more
Maze Branch
This cookbook is beautiful and worthy of your coffee table for a quick dalliance into Irish life and culture. Our group, however, wasn't as enamored of the recipes as we were the prose and photos. While the recipes aren't difficult to execute, we found the size of the book (very large), the multitude of fonts, the lack of information guiding the reader to continued recipes on following pages and the lack of page numbers on pages with photographs to be challenging and frustrating as a useful cook ...more
Mike
Apr 12, 2011 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
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‘Country Cooking of Ireland’ contains a comprehensive collection of Irish recipes, with mouth-watering color photos and fascinating bits of history with each section. In my hands, it felt weighty and substantial, as the dimensions of each page are about 8X11 inches and there are more than 350 pages. There are 15 chapters and in the back there is a resource guide, list of recipes, bibliography and an index.

Colman Andrews, one of the founders of Saveur magazine, wrote and compiled this volume, whi
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Kim
This is a wonderful learning cookbook - one that provides history and context for its recipes, one that teaches the user cooking techniques, not just how to make a recipe. Colman Andrews writes cookbooks that you can read cover to cover and this is another excellent and thorough work. The recipes are excellent and approachable, the history is engaging. The book is excellently illustrated and makes me wish even more than I already do that I was a travel food writer.
Bree
Notes:
a huge and heavy book
only found a few recipes
full of photos and history
Monique
Excellent recipe book with history and background for the recipes. Dessert recipes seem interesting. I have copied the soda bread recipes to try.

A good book for Maryan to peruse.Available at the public library.
Catherine Woodman
Opulent and gorgeously put together, great rcipes, great stories, great cultural underpinnings for the food (and photos to match) and great pictures of how the recipes should look. It will make you want to plan your next trip to Ireland
Michele
Gorgeous pictures and interesting historical anecdotes. I can appreciate the spirit of the cooking, but I'll probably never use a recipe from the book. I *must* find Irish butter now, though.
Mandy
I don't really like irish food (one word: mutton), but this won a cookbook award so I'll give it a try

UPDATE: A surprising lack of mutton. AND plethora of yummy root veggies (note I <3 parsnips)
Beka
There is a TON of great research in this book. Though I didn't find any recipes I wanted to try, it's a great resource about Irish culture and food.
Stephanie
Great cook book. Lots of awesome classic dishes to try out. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys good ol' home cooking.
Jill
Saveur master chronicler of food - essays on people and places, interspersed with the best Irish recipes...
Sherri
I agree with Maureen Flatley's review.
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Co-founder and former editor of Saveur magazine and the author of Catalan Cuisine, Flavors of the Riviera, and Everything on the Table and co-author and co-editor of three Saveur cookbooks. Now a resident of New York City and Connecticut, a native of Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to the LA Times and Los Angeles Magazine. He won six James Beard Awards for his writing on food and wine, and ...more
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