ISBN-13: 9781859641552 / Angielski / Twarda / 2008 / 218 str.
Traditional Irish Cooking is not just an ordinary book of recipes, but also gives an insight into the Irish way of life. Containing around 100 recipes and 21 sauce recipes, it includes both traditional and classic dishes, as well as several nouvelle Irish cuisine recipes, endeavoring to combine the best of local ingredients in a more exotic and imaginative manner than that of classic country cuisine. Each of these recipes is accompanied by an anecdote to give the reader a flavor of Irish life: vivid descriptions of unfamiliar ingredients; quotes on food; restaurant and pub descriptions; local points of interest connected with food; short literary extracts; potted biographies of well-known Irish characters; and details on stout, porter, ale cider and whiskey. This incredibly comprehensive and informative book will appeal to every reader, from the vegetarian to the most avid carnivore, and from the casual snack-maker to the professional chef, with most being quick, easy and simple to prepare, and each recipe having a step-by-step guide to preparation.REVIEWS "I confess that the book was bigger than I had expected. I should know better, considering that I am half Irish by blood. Probably there aren t many outside the Emerald Isle that know very much about Irish cooking, apart from it involving a lot of potatoes Traditional Irish Cooking has a wealth of recipes but also lots of information about, for instance, Irish cheeses, the history and impact of the potato on the people of Ireland, the story of the famine which changed not only Ireland but America and England. This book is a great mix of traditional and classic Irish dishes as well as giving us a glimpse into the newer trends towards the more exotic. There are plenty of recipes to tempt both the vegetarian and the committed meat-eater. The sections cover baking, soups and stews, seafood, potatoes, dairy, meat of all kinds, vegetables and drinks. There is a good selection of potato dishes, as you would expect, but they are much more interesting than I had imagined, for instance Farmer s Potatoes with Bacon and Cream. It s delicious and well up to the standard of a classic gratin. Champ has long been a favourite and has even been a hit with French friends It s a lovely combination of mashed potatoes, butter and spring onions. Certainly I knew that there were the odd few bottles of whiskey about in Ireland, but it s good to see it included in several recipes. Jamieson s Cake is a rich fruit cake and the one I ll be using instead of a traditional Christmas cake this year. Bruiden Tart is an apple and almond tart the custard, laced with some Irish whiskey, is baked with the apple filling. I am very impressed by this one. It s easy but it s a bit different from the ordinary apple tart or pie. The individual tarts make a nice presentation with more of the custard served on the side. How about Gammon with Whiskey Sauce? One again it s an easy recipe but different and delicious. It s not only the whiskey that the Irish are fond of. They save a little space for stout who could leave out that most famous of exports? Tipsy Dublin Rarebit is the Irish version of the Welsh classic. There is also a Traditional Irish Rarebit that has the addition of eggs, Tabasco and paprika. That s the one for me "Mostly Food Journal, 2008/05/10"A small, collectible cook book for anyone with Irish inclinations. Although it has no pictures, the text tells the history of the various types of food, giving great insite to the people, the country, and the history. The recipes are written in easy to follow directions and create excellent fare in centuries tested ways. From breads to Guinness, meals from beginning to end, this book gives great and interesting information for all things Irish. "Real Travel Adventures, 2008/09"