Beautiful Irish Cookery Books

Christmas is getting close, and we're curating our favourite books to share them with you! There's nothing like unwrapping a cookery book on Christmas morning - they're beautiful to look at and full of potential delights to create, and they often go hand in hand with new years resolutions! We've chosen a few of our favourite Irish Cookery books below, including some fantastic bargains and recent releases. They're sure to go soon, so drop us a line if you'd like to reserve a copy, or call in and browse our extensive cookery section, and special Christmas cookery display! Traditional Irish CookingA Little about the book: Ireland's rich culinary heritage is brought to life in this new edition of Darina's bestselling 'Irish Traditional Cooking'. With 300 traditional dishes, including 100 new recipes, this is the most comprehensive and entertaining tome on the subject. Each recipe is complemented by tips, tales, historical insights and common Irish customs, many of which have been passed down from one generation to the next. Darina's fascination with Ireland's culinary heritage is illustrated with chapters on Broths & Soups, Fish, Game, Vegetables and Cakes & Biscuits. She uses the finest of Ireland's natural produce to give us recipes such as Sea Spinach Soup, Potted Ballycotton Shrimps with Melba Toast and Rhubarb Fool.Our Notes: This is an absolutely beautiful book, and a real tome! It's a great reference for classic Irish recipes, and an addition to any library. Our Price €15 (Original Price €30)  Food from an Irish GardenA Little about the book: A lifestyle book with a difference, Food from an Irish Garden is an uncomplicated guide to sustainable living and incredible home cooking. In this down-to-earth guide, Fiona Dillon provides tips and advice on growing and raising your own food and cooking great meals with your produce. ‘This book is a beautiful back-to-basics, no-nonsense guide to using your garden. After reading it I want to pull on my wellies, throw on an apron and get busy planting!’ - Mairead Farrell, presenter, Today FMOur Notes: This is a really lovely gift for anyone interested in eating locally grown sustainable food, with brilliant photography and lots of practical information. It's also pretty light for a cookery book, so it's a good one to post! Our Price €17.95   Kevin DundonA Little about the book: The latest offering from critically acclaimed Irish celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon. 'Recipes That Work, is a robust, confident collection of delicious, classic recipes that does exactly what it says on the tin. A firm believer that great tasting, seasonal food shouldn't be reserved for the restaurant, Kevin specialises in taking his vast knowledge and years of experience as head chef, and creating delicious, simple recipes that you can replicate in the home. 'Recipes That Work, is a collection of tried-and-tested, fail safe recipes that any home cook of any experience will be able to master. These are recipes that you can dig out time and time again whatever the occasion. Whether you are hosting a dinner party for friends, preparing tea for the kids or making a quick, nutritious supper for two, Kevin will have the perfect solution. This book will give confidence to the most timid of cooks but will also help more experienced home chefs build their repertoire. Focusing on delicious, simple, seasonal food 'Recipes That Work, is guaranteed to bring some restaurant magic to your everyday meals. With Kevin's expertise guiding you all the way, it's the essential kitchen companion.Our Notes:We really enjoyed Kevin Dundon's workshops in Galway during the Volvo Ocean Races, and especially his passion for combining local ingredients to create easy and delicious food you can easily make at home. This hardback is also a beautiful physical book, and a great one for the keen chefs in the family! Our Price €10 (original Price €25) The Sea GArdenA Little about the book: The Sea Garden is a new book on seaweed foraging and cookery, the first by Marie Power who has been running seaweed workshops for 5 years along the south coast of Ireland. More information below. It’s the perfect gift for foodies, foragers, cooks, chefs, vegetarians, outdoor enthusiasts, parents who want to inspire their children with an interest in the outdoors & healthy eating, anyone interested in food heritage, the Waterford coastline and is especially nice to send to an Irish friend abroad.Our Notes:We first discovered the Sea Kitchen when Marie popped into Charlie Byrne's, and we were delighted to find so many recipes using local seaweeds, with lots of information about the health benefits of seaweed, practical information for collecting your own seaweed, and exciting recipes! It's a really handy little book, that will be well used by anyone interested in foraging and seaweed cookery! Our Price  Cake Rachel AllenA Little about the book: Whether it’s classic cakes, tiered cakes or small cakes, free-from cakes or wedding and birthday cakes Rachel has the perfect, foolproof recipe. Rachel Allen knows home baking. It’s her fail-safe recipes, with easy-to-follow methods, thoughtful tips and advice that have been helping her readers over the years to make the most gorgeous cakes and bakes that work every time. Sponges, muffins, brownies, pop cakes, cheesecakes, tortes, pudding cakes, whether they are indulgent or healthy(ish), chocolaty, nutty or fruity, sweet or savoury, or gluten-free, you’ll find them all in this ultimate cake bible. Try classics such as Victoria Sponge and Carrot Cake, new bakes like Beetroot Brownies or White Chocolate and Macadamia cake, festive treats such as Caramel Yule Log or a St Patrick’s Day Guinness Cake as well as every day cakes like Raspberry Bakewell Cake or Butterscotch Banana Cake.  Cakes for when you have no time as well as more adventurous wedding and birthday cakes. Rachel will show you how to bake and decorate simple special occasion cakes, then give additional instruction for making it special – or even of professional quality. Whether it is a golden anniversary, wedding or 4th birthday party, you’ll never have to buy a cake again.Our Notes: In this comprehensive collection you’ll find a mix of delicious easy and everyday cakes, teatime treats, classics, festive baking, hearty puddings and even some free-from and healthier cakes. And when you’ve finished baking, Rachel will show you the best tips and tricks for decorating and icing. Our Price €10 (original price €30) largeA Little about the book: Celebrating Irish Salmon presents over 100 recipes by acclaimed seafood chef Máirín Uí Chomáin, with contributions from Ireland’s Michelin-starred restaurants and other cutting-edge chefs on the island. Fisheries scientist Ken Whelan provides contextual notes on the history of salmon in Ireland, and Walter Pfeiffer’s photography makes the dishes virtually leap off the page into your mouth. The salmon has been part of Ireland’s natural heritage for over 10,000 years. Down through the millennia, this ‘silver treasure’ has been caught and eaten, bartered and traded, celebrated in myth and lore. Salmon is not only healthy and nutritious; it is also quick to cook and can be married with many different flavours. Celebrating Irish Salmon makes it easy to choose a dish for any occasion: grouped in sections for light bites and starters, brunches and lunches, dinners and special occasions, the recipes range from quick and easy to sophisticated and innovative, from the familiar to the exotic. Celebrating Irish Salmon will appeal to the passionate amateur chef, the novice and the busy household cook alike.Our Notes:Celebrating Irish Salmon is a must for fish lovers, and a perfect gift us Galwegians! Our price €20 Rachels-Irish-Family-Food_Cover_FINALA Little about the book: Rachel Allen, Ireland’s best-loved cook, shares with you a collection of family favourites and tried-and-tested Irish classics chosen from her previous bestselling books. Also includes 30 brand new recipes. ‘This is a cookbook I have always wanted to write. It’s a collection of my very best family recipes, seriously comforting and nourishing food, all inspired by both traditional and modern Irish cooking.' Rachel’s Irish Family Food contains 120 recipes that offer the best in both traditional and modern Irish cooking, from new twists on old classics to tried-and-tested recipes which are sure to become firm family favourites in your home. Quick and simple dinners, big family feasts, sweet treats and celebration food; this is family cooking at its best. From homemade pork sausages with colcannon, chicken casserole with cheesy herb dumplings and Irish stew, to easy-to-cook seafood and traditional fish pie, as well as simple sweet and savoury breads and desserts such as porter cake and fruit crumbles. From the plentiful Irish countryside to Rachel’s table and now to yours, Rachel’s Irish Family Food is full of hearty, comforting Irish classics.Our Notes:This is another beautifully produced cookbook by Rachel Allen - it's brimming with easy-to-follow recipes accompanied by high quality attractive photography! Our Price €10 (original price €25)  Book-Irish-Seaweed-KitchenA Little about the book: Irish seaboard lore, recipes old and new, nutritional information and personal anecdote combine with the faintest hint of nostalgia in this refreshingly original mix of common sense and practical cookery. Sourcing, identifying, preparing and storing seaweed for culinary use are all clearly explained in addition to a remarkable collection of over 150 easy-to-follow, creative and delicious recipes, including tips and hints. Designed to facilitate seaweed users from novice to experienced, there is also a full seaweed recipe index for ease the nutritional properties of each seaweed. Over 100 colour photographs and original line drawings represent not simply the foods featured, but also provide a glimpse of a unique west of Ireland lifestyle and landscape. Beautifully written and illustrated, the compelling pages highlight seaweeds as a valuable, flavoursome and versatile food recognized for its positive impact on health.Our Notes: A book to cherish for both its presentation of seaweeds as a culinary component in a highly approachable way, and for its charming sense of time and place. Our price €35. NimmosA Little about the book: The day Harriet Leander opened her restaurant called Nimmo’s next to the Spanish Arch in Galway, she brought to this city in the West of Ireland far more than just exquisite food; she brought the whole variety of her life from the Baltic, Helsinki, Stockholm, through Switzerland and on to Ireland. This is a book of recipes and anecdotes from the glory years of Nimmo’s restaurant. Harriet Leander is an innovative chef, a gourmet master and marvelous storyteller. Try out the recipes and impress your family and friends, or just curl up and read the story of one Ireland’s most loved restaurants. 170 pages, 50 recipes and oodles of stories.Our Notes: Nimmo's was always a local for the Charlie Byrne's staff, and never failed to please us with incredible food, but also, with the unmatched warmth and atmosphere of the restaurant and Harriet herself. We use this book regularly ourselves, and can strongly recommend it! Our Price €the-chef-and-i-mona-wiseA Little about the book: SHE WRITES. HE COOKS. THE KIDS MAKE A HUGE MESS. Móna met the Chef the old-fashioned way: in a bar. Young, abroad, and waiting tables in mid-nineties Kentucky, it was love at first sight for her but the Chef took a little more persuasion. However, one Irish Coffee making contest later, he was all hers. There was no competition: she was Irish. Shortly after that she fired him. This the true story of Móna & Ron... complete with recipes.Our Notes: This book is part cookery, part biography, and very enjoyable to peruse, engaging you with personal stories and mouth watering recipes. Mona Wise also runs a popular food blog and is well known around the Galway food world! Our price €25 eat-west-book-coverA Little about the book: Eat West 2013 is an exciting new venture, a cookbook with a difference. Showcasing the West's passion for food, spanning local producers, retailers, restaurants and Galway's own St. Nicholas' Market. Eat West 2013 features signature recipes from our favourite food producers using locally sourced ingredients. All profits from the sale of this book go to the ISPCC.Our Notes: This is a great guide for all Galway based foodies, helping navigate the West's best culinary offerings- and profits are donated to a worthy cause! Our Price €