The Irish Cookbook

Phaidon. Feb. 2020. 432p. ISBN 9781838660567. $49.95. COOKING
Chef and restaurateur McMahon wants home cooks to take Irish cuisine seriously. Beyond corned beef and cabbage and soda bread, this guide by McMahon, culinary director of the EatGalway Restaurant Group and founder of the Galway Food Festival, showcases Ireland’s rich and inviting culinary history. McMahon draws upon personal experiences as well as his country’s history, framing many of the recipes with welcome detail. Complementing the writing are numerous gorgeous photographs of finished dishes, including leek and oatmeal soup, traditional lamb stew, and porter cake. The clear organization will make it easy for home cooks to find recipes that might appeal.
VERDICT A highly recommended cookbook that will change minds about Irish cooking for the better, and a welcome addition to any culinary collection. There is no going wrong with this delightful book.

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