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6 Irish Cookbooks to Inspire You This Autumn


Though this has been an unusual year (to say the least), the seasons continue to come and go as normal! Heading into the crisp twilight of Autumn, many of us will be happy to hunker down and spend quality time with our families. It’s a great season to try out new dishes too; colder months go hand in hand with hearty stews, soups and casseroles. If you’re not too confident in the kitchen, there are some fantastic Irish cookbooks hitting shelves over the next few weeks, with delicious recipes to suit every taste. Here’s six of the best... 

1.    Neven Maguire: Midweek Meals

A great place to start if you want to improve your skills in the kitchen is celebrity chef Neven Maguire’s latest, Midweek Meals. Divided into handy sections like ‘One Pan Dinners’ and ‘Cupboard’s Bare’, it's packed with family favourites that are fun and easy to prepare.  

2.    John and Sally McKenna: Milk

John and Sally McKenna know Irish food; they’ve been curating the best places to eat guide for nearly 30 years. This latest collection is a celebration of Irish milk, which they say is some of the best in the world, thanks to our lush green pastures for grazing. As well as recipes including milk, the book explores the history, culture and health benefits of this unique ingredient. 

3.    The Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for Everyone

If, on the other hand, you’re vegan (or looking to reduce your consumption of animal products), the Happy Pear have just released another excellent book. Vegan Cooking for Everyone showcases the Greystones twins’ immense knowledge when it comes to prepping tasty meat and dairy-free dishes. 

4.    Trisha Lewis: Trisha’s Transformation

To an inspirational story next; Limerick chef Trisha Lewis set herself a weight loss goal in the days before her 30th birthday. Now eight stone lighter, she shares her journey in Trisha’s Transformation, also packed full of recipes and tips to help you maintain a healthy, balanced diet. 

5.    Gina and Karol Daly: The Daly Dish

Keen to lose weight, food lovers Gina and Karol decided to create an Instagram account to log their favourite ‘fakeaway’ recipes. It’s now got over 150k followers, thanks to DIY dishes with a healthy twist, like their mouth-watering spice bag, cheesey hot wings, and steak kebab! The channel’s popularity inspired the pair’s first cookbook, The Daly Dish

6.    Rory O’Connell: The Joy of Food

Finally, The Joy of Food is a charming collection of recipes from Rory O’Connell, brother of renowned chef Darina Allen and co-founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School. Celebrating seasonal Irish produce, the book also features gorgeous illustrations by Rory, who’s passionate about simple cooking techniques and first-rate ingredients. 

Stir it Up

For further inspiration, look no further than this year’s shortlist for the An Post Irish Book Awards Cookbook of the Year which includes simple and delicious vegan recipes from Roz Purcell in No Fuss Vegan, along with Clodagh McKenna’s tips for delicious weeknight meals in Clodagh’s Weeknight Kitchen with photographer Dora Kazmie.

Neven Maguire’s Midweek Meals in Minutes, The Daly Dish, The Joy of Food and The Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for Everyone round out the rest of this year’s shortlist – and you can vote for your favourite online now.

What cookbooks do you reach for when you fancy cooking up a storm? Let us know your favourites on Facebook or Twitter using #ReadersWanted.