Real Irish Food: 150 Classic Recipes from the Old Country

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Skyhorse Pub., 2012 - Cooking - 312 pages
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Peoplein Ireland are sometimes mortified by what Americans think of as “Irish food.” That’sbecause the real thing is much subtler and more delicious than any platter ofovercooked corned beef and mushy cabbage could ever be. Real Irish food isbrown soda bread so moist it barely needs the yolk-yellow butter; fragrantapple tarts with tender, golden crusts; rich stews redolent of meaty gravy andsweet carrots; crisp-edged potato cakes flipped hot from a skillet directlyonto the plate. Forget meatloaf or mac and cheese—this stuff is the original comfort food.  

RealIrish Foodis the firstcomprehensive cookbook to bring classic Irish dishes to America with an eye forAmerican kitchens and cooks, and with tips and tricks to help reproduce Irishresults with American ingredients. Transform plain white fish by baking it withgrated sharp cheese, mustard, and crumbs. Discover that celery takes on newlife when sliced, simmered in chicken stock, and served in a lightly thickenedsauce.  

  • HomemadeIrish Sausages
  • PottedShrimp and Potted Salmon
  • FinglasIrish Stew with Dumplings
  • WhiskeyChicken and Roast Goose with Applesauce
  • Boxty,Cally, Champ, and Colcannon
  • AppleSnow, Almond Buns, and Summer Pudding 
  • ElderflowerLemonade, Black Velvet, and Ginger Beer
  • CherryCake, Custard Tart, and Brandy Butter 

Fromhearty roasts to innovative vegetable dishes, from trays of fresh-baked sconesto rich, eggy cakes, and from jams bursting with tart fruit to everything youcan do with a potato, there’s no food so warm and welcoming, so homey and family-oriented,so truly mouthwatering as real Irishfood.

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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.

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