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The Country Cooking of Ireland

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published November 11th 2009 by Chronicle Books (first published 2009)
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Maureen Flatley
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Maze Branch Oak Park Public Library
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 ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I actually didn't have a chance to finish this book before I needed to return it to the library but I think I'll be checking it out again. There are some recipes (including one for pickled salmon) that I'd really like to try. Made me want to visit Ireland.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Terrific Soda Bread recipe that uses Irish/Scottish oatmeal. Fabulous.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched recipes

I enjoyed Colman Andrews Country Cooking of Ireland because it was both a well researched reference book and a guide to Irish cookery. The reminisces and historical notes gave an interesting background to the dishes that followed. THe origins of various words and even a guide to faeries were educational and written in a witty style.The photographs illustrated the recipes nicely.
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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,
Gretchen Paris
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You don't have to be interested in cooking anything or even be of Irish extraction to love this book! It's funny, the pictures are beautiful, and it's chock full of good stories and Irish lore too. You might just end up wishing for a big dish of colcannan though. Maybe a "pint

You don't have to be Irish or interested in cooking up a storm to love this book! It's charming and funny and the pictures are just beautiful. Irish country lore and little anecdotes about the typical foods might just make
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Saveur master chronicler of food - essays on people and places, interspersed with the best Irish recipes...
May 27, 2010 marked it as to-read
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
Great cook book. Lots of awesome classic dishes to try out. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys good ol' home cooking.
Excellent cookbook filled with simple home recipes, complex fancy recipes and a ton of stories and information about Ireland.
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, food
way too big to be a functional kitchen cookbook. fun vignettes of irish food history and current trends. most recipes seem simple with common ingredients.
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
I agree with Maureen Flatley's review.
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: practical
Some recipes. Country Cooking? Supermarket country cooking maybe. At times I enjoyed the pictures better. Because the typography of this book is wonderful.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
a huge and heavy book
only found a few recipes
full of photos and history
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking, non-fiction
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)
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
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.
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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