The Irish Cookbook

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Ireland’s remarkably rich food heritage dates back to 8000 BC and, in The Irish Cookbook, acclaimed chef Jp McMahon captures its unique culinary origins and varied influences. Irish food is the summation of what the land and sea give; the book’s 500 home-cooking recipes celebrate the range and quality of Ireland’s bounty, from oysters and seaweed (the chef’s favorite unsung ingredient) on its west coast to beef and lamb from its lush green pastures, to produce and forage from throughout the island. Presenting best-loved traditional dishes together with many lesser-known gems, this book vividly evokes the warmth, hospitality, and culinary spirit of the Emerald Isle.

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Chef McMahon wants to change the way we all feel about Irish cuisine. In an article in Food and Wine, he tells how he faced the task of writing The Irish Cookbook by scouring archives and interviewing family members. He compiled traditional recipes along with those of an obscure nature. “He scattered in his own “wild food” creations “to represent Irish food now.” And he unearthed historic dishes from both the aristocratic and peasant ends of the spectrum. From what he calls the “big house” tradition, he found pickled pigeons with “loads of spices.” He considered the influence of Spanish traders who plied Galway’s port in the 16th century on the Irish practice of salting ling, a cod-like fish.”

A perfect balance of the past and present with a look to the future, this title delves into all the glory that is Irish food. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

Special thanks to Phaidon for offering two copies of The Irish Cookbook in our giveaway. This contest is open to members in the US/CA/UK/AU. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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187 Comments

  • Kristjudy  on  April 23, 2020

    Potted shrimp

  • Miki28  on  April 23, 2020

    Fishcakes with oatmeal coating

  • rchesser  on  April 23, 2020

    Dingle, because it made me laugh hysterically.

  • mamabog  on  April 23, 2020

    Dingle pies for us!

  • Shelmar  on  April 23, 2020

    Soda bread with stout and treacle

  • stricklinhome  on  April 23, 2020

    I’d make the porridge with apples — simple and lovely

  • stricklinhome  on  April 23, 2020

    I’d make the colcannon, I’ve heard about it but never tasted it

  • AndreaMeyer  on  April 23, 2020

    Chicken breasts with cider cream and juniper

  • miggsy  on  April 23, 2020

    Fishcakes with oatmeal coating

  • Cornfed23  on  April 23, 2020

    Rhubarb compote

  • jmay42066  on  April 23, 2020

    Lobster soup

  • jayw  on  April 23, 2020

    White pudding

  • mzumwalt1966  on  April 23, 2020

    Scrambled eggs with chorizo and goat’s cheese from The Irish Cookbook (page 32) by Jp McMahon

  • Lakesmasher  on  April 23, 2020

    Boxty!

  • choppergirl  on  April 23, 2020

    lobster soup

  • IvyManning  on  April 23, 2020

    Duck Breast with currant and juniper!

  • stepspior  on  April 23, 2020

    Scotch eggs

  • LeMinou  on  April 23, 2020

    Potted Shrimp

  • pokarekare  on  April 23, 2020

    Cream cheese with nettles!

  • riley  on  April 24, 2020

    Peach creams

  • Hihelen  on  April 24, 2020

    Sweet saffron buns

  • dbranigan27  on  April 24, 2020

    I would try the Potato croquettes.

  • hbakke  on  April 24, 2020

    Toad in the hole with stout and onion gravy

  • bjamison01  on  April 24, 2020

    stout battered sausages FTW!

  • cookerbea  on  April 24, 2020

    Soda bread. I love it.

  • Pizzacat13  on  April 24, 2020

    Bread & Butter Pudding…mmmmm!

  • hrk  on  April 24, 2020

    Kohlrabi and beetroot salad

  • Kathie J  on  April 24, 2020

    Dingle pies

  • thecharlah  on  April 24, 2020

    Coddle

  • roxlet  on  April 24, 2020

    Sweet saffron buns

  • sarahawker  on  April 24, 2020

    Colcannon

  • TanyaD  on  April 24, 2020

    Herb omelette

  • ravensfan  on  April 24, 2020

    Scotch eggs

  • Lafauvette  on  April 24, 2020

    Eggs baked in ashes

  • eweinst  on  April 24, 2020

    Buttermilk and elderflower tart

  • tcjanes  on  April 24, 2020

    Can’t resist trying something called Dingle pie!

  • calguire  on  April 24, 2020

    Coddle

  • Dendav  on  April 24, 2020

    Coddle

  • DarcyVaughn  on  April 24, 2020

    Hay-smoked oysters

  • Roosta  on  April 24, 2020

    Queen scallops in beer batter

  • TammyDee  on  April 25, 2020

    The Bacon & Egg Tart sounds good to me. I’d try it first.

  • LaurenE  on  April 25, 2020

    Soda bread with stout and treacle

  • puddlemere  on  April 25, 2020

    Potato farls

  • eggplantolive  on  April 25, 2020

    Cavalo Nero with Rose Vinegar and Cabbage with Nutmeg

  • kitchen_chick  on  April 25, 2020

    To make your own cultured butter (p 36) – I’ve never made my own butter before.

  • Siegal  on  April 25, 2020

    I want to make fried Pollen

  • hillsboroks  on  April 25, 2020

    I would try the spinach with hazelnuts and wild garlic.

  • nvernon  on  April 25, 2020

    Eggs baked in ashes

  • dadekian  on  April 26, 2020

    Mussels with Stout

  • Dannausc  on  April 26, 2020

    Cheese custard

  • Tabby72  on  April 26, 2020

    I’ll make Potted Shrimp!

  • vhfvhf  on  April 26, 2020

    Dingle Pies

  • Blackeyedsusans  on  April 26, 2020

    Oyster pie

  • PeavineBlues  on  April 27, 2020

    Lamb stew

  • t.t  on  April 27, 2020

    Sweet saffron buns

  • CarolineB  on  April 27, 2020

    Single pies

  • immortalb4  on  April 27, 2020

    Braised lettuce with beef and stout stock

  • VitaminJ  on  April 27, 2020

    I’d make colcannon first! I LOVE potatoes so it’s a bit surprising I’ve never made it before, but it’s on my list anyways and what better to make from an Irish cookbook than a quintessentially Irish potato dish. 🙂

  • rashaye  on  April 27, 2020

    I love porridge! Porridge with honey and hazelnuts sounds wonderful

  • elinwoods  on  April 28, 2020

    Porridge with honey and hazelnuts

  • sequoia55  on  April 28, 2020

    Rhubarb compote

  • foodie16  on  April 28, 2020

    Roast chicken stuffed with oysters

  • janv  on  April 29, 2020

    Langoustines baked in rock salt

  • JessHeilman  on  April 30, 2020

    Rhubarb Compote

  • JenjiRM  on  April 30, 2020

    Dill-cured salmon with horseradish cream (and boxty!)

  • danisgooder  on  May 1, 2020

    Fishcakes with oatmeal coating looks so yummy!

  • maci234  on  May 1, 2020

    Potted Shrimp

  • kmetcalfe727  on  May 1, 2020

    Dingle Pies

  • angiem32  on  May 1, 2020

    Stout Battered Sausages sound amazing!

  • Plumbobmummy  on  May 1, 2020

    Seaweed butter sounds interesting

  • Sand9  on  May 1, 2020

    Barm Brack

  • bopper  on  May 1, 2020

    eggs baked in ashes

  • maggz19671  on  May 1, 2020

    Dingle pies

  • Sarah.B  on  May 2, 2020

    Steamed syrup pudding

  • Blue___Nile  on  May 2, 2020

    Milleens with roasted hazelnuts

  • dddiva  on  May 2, 2020

    Stout battered sausages sounds interesting.

  • damjih  on  May 2, 2020

    the dingle pie picture actually looks really good ~

  • leilx  on  May 2, 2020

    Cultured butter but also some of the shrubs like blackberry

  • HomespunHouse  on  May 2, 2020

    Dingle pies

  • Username123321  on  May 2, 2020

    I’d love to try the dingle pies first.

  • RuthHarwood  on  May 3, 2020

    Chicken breasts with cider cream and juniper sounds pretty tasty to me!

  • BMeyer  on  May 3, 2020

    soda bread

  • hisforhome  on  May 3, 2020

    Elderflower custard and hazelnut crumble sounds gorgeous!

  • Natlovesgib  on  May 3, 2020

    Hasselback potatoes with smoked bacon and beer

  • lgroom  on  May 4, 2020

    Would have to be dingle.

  • dtremit  on  May 4, 2020

    I just learned about potato farls and would love to try some.

  • RickPearson54  on  May 4, 2020

    Potted shrimp

  • odyssey  on  May 4, 2020

    dingle pies

  • Shelley.b  on  May 4, 2020

    potted shrimp

  • kmn4  on  May 5, 2020

    Creamed salted cod

  • virjeania  on  May 5, 2020

    Potted shrimp

  • bookmark77  on  May 8, 2020

    Lobster soup

  • bookmark58  on  May 8, 2020

    Peach creams

  • InstantJo  on  May 9, 2020

    Sweet saffron buns

  • Jow  on  May 10, 2020

    The rhubarb compote as we grow rhubarb

  • clairew137  on  May 10, 2020

    Soda bread with stout and treacle

  • MiMi60  on  May 10, 2020

    Chicken cooked in mud

  • gilmonster  on  May 11, 2020

    dingle pies

  • fmd518  on  May 11, 2020

    lobster soup

  • Jesmondgirl  on  May 13, 2020

    I would try the full Irish!

  • percussion03  on  May 13, 2020

    potato farls

  • scarpenter  on  May 14, 2020

    I would like to try them all

  • Lkitchings  on  May 15, 2020

    Nettle soup

  • flossy1  on  May 16, 2020

    Soda farls

  • jhatchard  on  May 17, 2020

    Coddle

  • LydiaR  on  May 18, 2020

    rubarb compote

  • oreganoca  on  May 18, 2020

    Lobster and whiskey (Dublin Lawyer)

  • debbiehb  on  May 18, 2020

    Bacon and egg tart

  • chasse1  on  May 18, 2020

    Boxty

  • chefthomas  on  May 21, 2020

    Seaweed butter

  • Steben  on  May 21, 2020

    Lobster soup

  • Ceekay  on  May 22, 2020

    I’d try bacon and egg tart

  • lina  on  May 23, 2020

    The shellfish steamed over seaweed sounds interesting and delicious!

  • lucywayman  on  May 23, 2020

    My mum’s gingerbread.

  • Ren23  on  May 23, 2020

    Buttermilk and elderflower tart

  • alicemb  on  May 23, 2020

    Eggs in ashes as it sounds intriguing

  • sarah3079  on  May 23, 2020

    Would love to try the Dingle Pies!

  • JEWGAL777  on  May 24, 2020

    Cockles and breadcrumbs

  • edyenicole  on  May 25, 2020

    dingle pies!

  • monasli  on  May 27, 2020

    Boxty

  • Pamyoungvb  on  May 27, 2020

    Oysters and whiskey

  • banba1  on  May 27, 2020

    Peas and broad beans with sheep’s cheese

  • blazin  on  May 27, 2020

    Quail’s eggs with smoked eel and asparagus

  • missboots  on  May 27, 2020

    cultured butter

  • PaulfBris  on  May 27, 2020

    Apple custard pie, with Whiskey…

  • Ishtar  on  May 28, 2020

    Parsnip and Apple Soup

  • silversand  on  May 30, 2020

    A fair white porridge made with sheep’s milk

  • shaneandemma  on  May 30, 2020

    Braised lettuce with beef and stout stock

  • trudys_person  on  May 30, 2020

    Pavlova with Whiskey Cream and Caramel sounds delicious!

  • Edubwin  on  May 31, 2020

    I want to try the hasselback potatoes with smoked bacon and beer

  • Annaz  on  June 2, 2020

    Jerusalem Artichoke Soup! The earth apple is so under used & under appreciated, can’t wait to try it!

  • angiehoggett  on  June 4, 2020

    the Stout-battered sausages

  • abster123  on  June 4, 2020

    Dill-cured salmon with horseradish cream

  • orchidlady01  on  June 5, 2020

    Hasselback potatoes with smoked bacon and beer

  • antpantsii  on  June 6, 2020

    Potato farls

  • ladypeanutter  on  June 6, 2020

    I love a good pie so would have to be the Dingle Pie

  • VJJardine  on  June 6, 2020

    Pork rib roast with mustard potatoes

  • yhgloria  on  June 6, 2020

    Eggs baked in ashes

  • camerashy131  on  June 7, 2020

    Dill-cured salmon with horseradish cream

  • Isis1981uk  on  June 8, 2020

    Quail’s eggs with smoked eel and asparagus

  • andyszym  on  June 8, 2020

    Crab claws with seaweed and samphire

  • ltsuk  on  June 8, 2020

    leek and oatmeal soup

  • sheridarby  on  June 8, 2020

    Sweet saffron buns

  • PatBarrett  on  June 8, 2020

    Sweet saffron buns

  • Rosscoe  on  June 8, 2020

    The Salmon with new potatoes, spinach and cider cream recipe sounds nice. I’m intrigued by the cider cream.

  • DimensionAEB  on  June 8, 2020

    Rhubarb compote

  • Lesevans6  on  June 9, 2020

    Sweet Saffron Buns

  • jamston  on  June 9, 2020

    Parsnip and apple soup

  • Badgerlord  on  June 10, 2020

    Love the name dingle pies

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  June 11, 2020

    Lamb croquettes with onion jam

  • Mikekey  on  June 11, 2020

    Salmon with new potatoes, spinach and cider cream Page 136

  • Alivdh  on  June 18, 2020

    Boxty

  • Jenamarie  on  June 19, 2020

    Porridge with honey and hazelnuts

  • cocopazo  on  June 20, 2020

    Rhubarb compote

  • RSW  on  June 20, 2020

    To make your own cultured butter

  • jezpurr  on  June 21, 2020

    Toad in the hole with stout and onion gravy!!!^_^

  • Mtetpon  on  June 24, 2020

    Fishcakes with oatmeal topping

  • Ruthchef  on  June 25, 2020

    want to try Seaweed butter

  • Ruthchef  on  June 25, 2020

    would be intersted in wild food

  • Ruthchef  on  June 25, 2020

    right time of year for Rhubarb compote

  • ljsimmons  on  June 27, 2020

    Lobster soup

  • MDVG  on  June 28, 2020

    Fishcakes

  • Lora724  on  June 28, 2020

    Cauliflower in cheese sauce

  • TrishaCP  on  June 29, 2020

    Porridge and apples

  • northwestwoman2020  on  July 1, 2020

    Dingle pies sounds lovely!

  • missymooo  on  July 3, 2020

    Mussels with stout

  • bonosfly  on  July 4, 2020

    Chicken Stew with dumplings. My Nan was from Sligo and used to make this all the time. It was always particularly welcome if I hadn’t been feeling too well. It cured just about anything. It would be so great to be able to recreate it.

  • mrspale  on  July 4, 2020

    I would love to try the Potted Shrimp

  • SHORTMAN  on  July 4, 2020

    Leek and Oatmeal soup

  • fionajk42  on  July 4, 2020

    Nettle soup

  • hdh74  on  July 7, 2020

    dingle pies

  • Tealismyname  on  July 8, 2020

    Colcannon- my husband is Irish and I would love to explore the cuisine more!

  • CookRob  on  July 11, 2020

    Brown soda bread with stout and treacle

  • janeths  on  July 13, 2020

    Oat biscuits. I’m still looking for my favourite !

  • paulbroyles  on  July 16, 2020

    This honestly probably won’t be the first thing I’ll try, but I am super intrigued by the seaweed salsa.

  • moralla  on  July 17, 2020

    Poached lobster with butter and cider sauce

  • nebby  on  July 19, 2020

    lobster soup

  • memberton  on  July 19, 2020

    I’m intrigued by the coddle in the preview!

  • Dhasenkampf  on  July 19, 2020

    Baby squid with baby onions

  • NaomiH  on  July 21, 2020

    Onion soup with cider and cheese

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  July 22, 2020

    scrambled eggs with chorizo and goat’s cheese found on page 32 sounds like a good way to start the day

  • hisforhome  on  July 23, 2020

    Boxty – heard of it, never had it!

  • MOSteen  on  July 24, 2020

    Seaweed salsa

  • elizamatt  on  July 25, 2020

    Cauliflower in cheese sauce would be my first choice. 🙂

  • elizamatt  on  July 25, 2020

    Cauliflower in cheese sauce would be my first choice.

  • kbennall  on  August 3, 2020

    Completely unrealistically: the smoked eel and potato cakes. Maybe the potato cakes would be doable…🤔

  • sarahmoorse  on  August 4, 2020

    Scrambled eggs with chorizo and goat’s cheese

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