My Irish Table
Coming from an Irish heritage myself, I was thrilled with the opportunity to review My Irish Table by Cathal Armstrong. I've always wanted to try some authentic Irish recipes, but wasn't sure where to start. This is definitely the place! Thank you, Cathal, for writing this cookbook and giving me the opportunity to go back to my roots and get that sense of history in my kitchen. This cookbook features 130 delicious, authentic recipes, ranging from simple dishes to complicated restaurant fare. I appreciate the fact that there is something for everyone in this cookbook, from the beginner chef to the professional. This is a big, heavy, thick book with luscious pages and mouthwatering, full cover pictures on nearly every page.
My favorite part of this book was the chapter entitled "What Mam Cooked". I enjoyed the look into his Mam's kitchen and it was a nostalgic look back to his childhood. I'm looking forward to trying Chicken Noodle Soup, Cheese On Toast, Irish Stew, and Beef Stew from that chapter. I also can't wait to make authentic Irish Soda Bread, which I've been searching for a recipe for for quite some time. I'm also excited to make Mam's Apple Pie for my family - I'm sure my children will love it. I'll admit that some of the recipes it contains look a bit intimidating compared to what I'm used to cooking, but I love the opportunity to stretch my cooking skills and get a taste of what my great-great grandparents made and how they cooked. What makes this cookbook unique is that it isn't just a book full of recipes, like many tend to be - it's really a history of Cathal's family, life, growing up in Ireland, and his restaurant business. It's full of stories from Ireland and its people, and that's what I enjoyed most about it. I highly recommend this cookbook for anyone interested in authentic Irish cooking and learning more about Irish daily life and history.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.