The Irish Cookbook, by acclaimed Irish chef Jp McMahon, is a celebration of Ireland's rich culinary heritage, the unique flavors and produce of this fertile land, and the warm welcoming hospitality of the Irish people.
Cookbooks line my bookshelves and I am the proud owner of many Irish recipe collections. But I kid you not! I was blown away by the variety of tasty recipes, superb food photography, and unique stories of Irish culinary excellence in this magnificent volume.
And so, as we celebrate Saint Patrick this year, I am delighted to let you know, the good folks at Phaidon Publishers have offered a beautifully bound, hardback copy of The Irish Cookbook for one lucky reader to win.
But before I share details of how to enter our little giveaway, let us first delve into the tasty pages of this publication.
The Story of Irish Food:
This is no ordinary cookbook. Here you will find more than just a simple collection of traditional recipes. This book goes way beyond other Irish cookbooks.
It tells the story of Irish food, its unique culinary origins, and the amazing wild resources found all over the island of Ireland.
Irish food is not always fully appreciated on the global food stage. We face a challenge of Irish food only being associated with the potato. Now don't misunderstand me! There's nothing wrong with our beloved potato, but Ireland's food heritage is far more expansive and deep, than simple potato dishes might lead you to believe.
Jp McMahon is eager to change this perception of Irish food. In this remarkable work, he recounts Ireland’s rich food history, which believe it or not, dates back millennia.
He showcases the true depth of Irish cuisine, through traditional recipes, featuring unique flavor profiles and ingredient combinations.
The Irish Cookbook is a joyful masterpiece, which will enhance your cooking skills and techniques, while inspiring you to try new recipes.
You'll find Irish dishes for all times of day, for special occasions and everyday meals, and recipes to suit all four seasons.
This is an inspirational book that I will open again and again, not only when I am planning to cook, but also when I wish to indulge my senses in the pure pleasure of reading about food.
I'll use it to cook for the people I love, and I know these dishes will appeal to their Irish taste buds. And if you're thinking of cooking to try to persuade someone of Irish heritage to love you, then this is the book to help you win over their affections.
McMahon will not only inspire your culinary ambitions, but also help you to realize them, Irish style.
His cookbook does not belong hidden away on a dusty bookshelf, but is truly worthy of display on a coffee table. It will entertain food lovers, as they browse through tantalizing photographs of his tasty dishes.
The Irish Cookbook's Recipe Collection:
For the book, McMahon undertook the mammoth task of bringing together nearly 500 authentic Irish recipes into one impressive volume.
Several years in the making, The Irish Cookbook contains hundreds of home-cooking recipes. The author researched and adapted old recipes found in the archive material available in the National Library of Ireland.
He poured over recipe books from Ireland’s best food writers, chefs and home cooks. He compiled classic dishes, lost and secret recipes and explored Ireland's ancient ingredients. In addition, he included modern and contemporary dishes inspired by Ireland's innovative chefs and foodies of today.
The featured dishes have been organized into 15 chapters by ingredient such as eggs and dairy; vegetables; shellfish; poultry; boar and pork; breads, scones, and crackers; stocks, sauces, and condiments; just to name a few.
The Irish Cookbook spotlights both authentic traditional recipes such as:
- Dingle Pies,
- Soda Bread,
- Gur Cake,
- and Barm Brack.
It also features fresh new takes on classic dishes using native ingredients, such as
- Oysters with Wild Garlic Butter;
- Baby Carrots with Buttermilk and Tarragon Oil;
- Crab Claws with Seaweed and Samphire;
- Chicken with Morels and Cider.
The Irish Cookbook showcases the true depth of Irish cuisine, its ingredients, and its fascinating history, as never before. Presenting well-loved and beautifully photographed traditional dishes, this book also introduces new dishes and recipes that will be loved by generations to come.
What The Critics Are Saying:
Here's how this amazing book has been received and reviewed in the editorials of many newspapers and global publications:
"The Irish Cookbook inspires at the hands of renowned chef Jp McMahon... and celebrates the unique culinary culture of the island and the roots of its hearty flavours and warm hospitality."—Forbes
"With an eye on terrain, McMahon offers both authentic and innovative approaches to modern Irish cooking."—Publishers Weekly
"The weighty collection investigates the 'peasant tradition' presumption, explores historical and contemporary cooking (McMahon went deep into Irish recipe archives), and champions the produce Ireland naturally offers up."—The Irish Examiner
"This is a hefty refutation of any lingering sense that food culture away from the mainland of Europe is about assembling as many beige and brown items as possible and encasing them in pastry... 480 recipes which showcase the extraordinary produce found across the island of Ireland, from oysters and fish to beef and lamb, as well as pointing out all sorts of bits and pieces that can be easily foraged."—Esquire
High praise indeed, and I too give this book an enthusiastic two thumbs up.
About The Author:
Jp McMahon is a chef, restaurateur, and author based in Galway, Ireland.
Founding chair and director of the Galway Food Festival, Jp is an ambassador for Irish food.
He organizes an annual international chef symposium entitled ‘Food on the Edge' in Galway, and writes a weekly column for the Irish Times.
His wonderful new book is available for purchase from Phaidon and other major booksellers, including Target.
Food Styling And Photography:
The beautiful food photographs from the book were created by documentary photographer Anita Murphy and Food Stylist Zania Koppe. They are based in Galway, Ireland. I'm extremely grateful to Phaidon for giving me permission to publish their spectacular photographs here.
These talented ladies run a food styling and photography company called, Ginger and Sage.
I love this quotation from their website...
"When we think of food it conjures up so many different emotions, we think of family, friends, celebrations, nutrition, economics, and social justice. It creates a social story, a moral story and an aesthetic story. It says so many things to so many people . The story behind food and how you tell that story is far-reaching, influential and powerful."
Phaidon, the publishers of this book, graciously provided me with a copy of The Irish Cookbook for one lucky reader to win.
To enter simply leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration why not tell us about your favorite Irish dish or recipe.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
Many thanks to everyone for stopping by to learn about this superb Irish cookbook. And a big thank you to to good folks at Phaidon for introducing us to this important work and contribution to our Irish culinary heritage.
And so, I'll wrap up this giveaway post by wishing you all a happy and safe Saint Patrick's Day. I'd greatly appreciate it if you could share this post with family and friends who might enjoy these lovely Irish recipes.
As you prepare special Irish meals for your loved ones tomorrow, I hope you will be inspired by the warmth, hospitality, and exceptional culinary heritage of Ireland.
Update – Winner Chosen On March 22nd, 2020:
Our winner has been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky reader is ….
My emails don't seem to be getting through, so please contact me at [email protected] so that I can arrange mailing of your prize. Many thanks!
A big thank you to everyone for supporting this giveaway by leaving comments and for checking out these wonderful new Irish cookbook. And many thanks to Phaidon Press and Jp McMahon, for sharing this book with us.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
Disclosure: I received a free, advanced electronic copy of The Irish Cookbook for review purposes from Phaidon. This post reflects my honest and unbiased thoughts about this work.
Illustrations courtesy of Ginger and Spice.
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