Real Irish Food: 150 Classic Recipes from the Old Country

Front Cover
Skyhorse Pub., 2012 - Cooking - 312 pages
4 Reviews

People in Ireland are sometimes mortified by what Americans think of as "Irish food." That's because the real thing is much subtler and more delicious than any platter of overcooked corned beef and mushy cabbage could ever be. Real Irish food is brown soda bread so moist it barely needs the yolk-yellow butter; fragrant apple tarts with tender, golden crusts; rich stews redolent of meaty gravy and sweet carrots; crisp-edged potato cakes flipped hot from a skillet directly onto the plate. Forget meatloaf or mac and cheese--this stuff is the original comfort food.  

Real Irish Food is the first comprehensive cookbook to bring classic Irish dishes to America with an eye for American kitchens and cooks, and with tips and tricks to help reproduce Irish results with American ingredients. Transform plain white fish by baking it with grated sharp cheese, mustard, and crumbs. Discover that celery takes on new life when sliced, simmered in chicken stock, and served in a lightly thickened sauce.  

  • Homemade Irish Sausages
  • Potted Shrimp and Potted Salmon
  • Finglas Irish Stew with Dumplings
  • Whiskey Chicken and Roast Goose with Applesauce
  • Boxty, Cally, Champ, and Colcannon
  • Apple Snow, Almond Buns, and Summer Pudding 
  • Elderflower Lemonade, Black Velvet, and Ginger Beer
  • Cherry Cake, Custard Tart, and Brandy Butter  

From hearty roasts to innovative vegetable dishes, from trays of fresh-baked scones to rich, eggy cakes, and from jams bursting with tart fruit to everything you can do with a potato, there's no food so warm and welcoming, so homey and family-oriented, so truly mouthwatering as real Irish food.

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Real Irish Food: 150 Classic Recipes from the Old Country

User Review  - Lynn Ristau - Goodreads

I love the pictures and the narration but haven't tried any of the recipes yet. They look like they will be tasty. Read full review

Review: Real Irish Food: 150 Classic Recipes from the Old Country

User Review  - Sallee - Goodreads

This book has many intriging recipes like Chocolate Guiness Cake and the Irish version of potato pancakes for starters. The pictures were beautiful and everything looked mouth watering. If you have Irish in your bloodline, this is a book you will like. Read full review

About the author (2012)

DAVID BOWERS is a food writer and photographer. He was born in County Galway, Ireland, but moved early to his father's hometown of Dublin, hardly to leave it until he married an American and came to live in New York City. He writes an award-winning grilling column for Cabin Life magazine, and he's the author of Bake It Like a Man and Dad's Own Guide to Housekeeping.

Bibliographic information