St. Patty’s Day is upon us once again. For me, it’s kind of the unofficial start to spring. If you live north, there’s still a descent chance you could have a white March 17th, but, there’s an even better probability that short sleeve weather is right around the corner.
I’ve put together a collection of books rejoicing the Irish way of cooking. There’s more to all of this than a plate of boiled potatoes and lamb. Trust me.
Irish Traditional Cooking: Over 300 Recipes from Ireland’s Heritage
Author Darina Allen shows off some great traditional Irish dishes (you probably guessed that from the title). All of the classic recipes from that region are featured here, plus some ones you probably have never heard of. Darina runs the Ballymaloe Cookery School over in Ireland, so she not only knows her stuff, but, teaches it to others!
The New Irish Table: 70 Contemporary Recipes
Right from old school to new school. The New Irish Table does more than just put a new spin on some old recipes. Author Margaret Johnson invents some completely original dishes in keeping with the style of cooking that has defined Ireland. These dishes contain ingredients for the healthier lifestyle of today.
Irish Potato Cookbook
This cookbook is exactly what the title suggests. Lots of recipes for cooking what has become Ireland’s national food. it’s 125 pages of pure potato pleasure. Hey, I love potatoes. And, I’m always looking for new ways to prepare them. So, this book is a natural for my collection. If you’re like me you’ll want a copy of this one too.
Mcguire’s Irish Pub Cookbook
Lastly, we travel all the way to, Florida? That’s right, Pensacola to be exact. That’s where Molly and McGuire opened up their traditional Irish pub back in 1977. And, whenever you open up a traditional Irish pub (at least in this country), the cookbook can’t be far behind. Now you can re-create, in your very own home, some of the great dishes from this quaint, 20,000 square foot, Florida/Irish eatery.
That wraps up the tour of the cuisine of the Emerald Isle. If you want to do your own thing in the kitchen this St. Patrick’s Day we’ve just given you a good way to get started. If you want to get out and celebrate with the masses and let someone else do the cooking, I know the feeling.
“May the wind at your back always be your own”. – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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