The Angle: Cook like a (real) Irishman. Eat like a (real) Irish family.
Recipes for right now: Dublin Coddle; Smoked Haddock and Shellfish Soup; Sardines Braised in Spicy Tomato Sauce; Fish and Seafood Pie; Baked Whole Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce; Roast Duck with Sherry Vinegar Gastrique; Corned Beef; Braised York Cabbage; Brown Bread; Bakewell Tart
Who would enjoy this book? Anyone hoping to coddle a Dubliner; St. Patty's Day revelers who don't want the party to end; displaced Irish craving a taste of home; anyone who loves the taste of home, no matter where that home is.
• Who wrote it: Cathal Armstrong & David Hagedorn
• Who published it: Ten Speed Press
• Number of recipes: 130
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This cookbook is arranged not around particular meals of the day or key ingredients, but rather around occasions and celebrations: rugby matches, birthdays, Fish Fridays, and yes, Saint Patrick's Day. I feel like this message of "a meal is to be shared" is almost as central to this cookbook as potatoes, seafood and good Irish cream.
I admit that I don't know much about how "real" Irish cuisine looks or tastes. Until I can get there myself, this cookbook with its gorgeous photos and tasty-sounding recipes seems like a fantastic way to start.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: My Irish Table by Cathal Armstrong & David Hagedorn
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