Irish food doesn’t often get the acclaim it deserves.
Irish celebrity chef Rachel Allen is changing that little by little all over the
world, literally. She was in Dubai last week and in NYC this week, and her fan
base continues to grow like wild fire. It’s
because she presents Irish cuisine with a breath of fresh air, including
modern takes on traditional dishes. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner
so it’s the perfect time you to take another look at what she’s dishing in her
latest book, Rachel’s Irish Family Food.
I’m Irish — well, as Irish as a fourth generation American girl can be. We
grew up eating Irish family favorites like boiled ham and cabbage, pork and sauerkraut
with dumplings, and lots of mashed potatoes, which I still love. While pork is a huge part of the Irish diet, this
books shows that so is fresh seafood, like hot buttered lobster, trout, salmon
and mackerel — not to mention loads of shellfish.
I had to chuckle that
the first section of the book is titled “Soups and Light Meals.” With ingredients like heavy cream, melted butter, mayonnaise, cream cheese, crème fraiche along with elements like Hollandaise and fried chicken livers, the recipes in the section aren’t exactly
what most of us would categorize as “light.” No wonder I gained 10 pounds when
visiting Ireland. I was loving the light foods!
Even with my own family favorites,
I’ve adopted Rachel’s delicious homemade pork sausages with colcannon and her
brown soda bread into my family’s new favorite Irish recipes.
• Who wrote it: Rachel Allen
• Who published it: Harper Collins
• Number of recipes: 120
• Recipes for right now: Homemade Pork Sausages with Colcannon and Applesauce, Crumbed Bacon chops
with Sweet Whiskey Sauce, Irish Coffee Cups, Brown Soda Bread, Cheesy Soda
Scones, Whole- Grain Shortbread
• Other highlights: Rachel also includes information and beautiful
images from the four provinces of Ireland, including the history and the food
culture from each. The dessert
section also includes such gorgeous images you’ll want to make all of them, now.
• Who would enjoy this book?
Of course anyone who is Irish would love this book
but also anyone interested in seeing modern and traditional Irish cuisine that
reaches far beyond boiled ham and cabbage.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Rachel’s Irish Family Food by Rachel Allen
• Visit the author's website: Rachel Allen
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