By Rachel Allen
Collins, $29.99, 254 pages
Ireland’s best selling cookbook author, Rachel Allen, blends traditional and modern Irish cooking in her latest book. The recipes are delightfully simple, as the author acknowledges “how much more important proper produce is than complicated or long-winded recipes.” The majority call for wholesome, accessible ingredients, which is a refreshing quality in today’s cookbooks. Allen walks you through Irish soda bread, savory Irish stew and the perfect Irish coffee!
“… how much more important proper produce is than complicated or long-winded recipes.”
There are recipes for busy-weeknight dinners as well as for special family occasions. Allen even takes the time to explain a bit of the history of Ireland’s different regions. Beautiful photographs grace the pages of this cookbook that offers more than a warm dish. There’s something deeply satisfying about this collection of hearty, family-friendly food. This reviewer has thus far tried six recipes from the book and all have been a success with the entire family; they are easily worth incorporating into your regular rotation. Rachel’s Irish Family Food is just the book to bring a little Irish flair to your table.
Reviewed by Alicea Swett