Hello, everyone! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Today seemed like a perfect day to share with you one of my new favorite cookbooks, the Favorite Flavors of Ireland, by Margaret McGlew Johnson.
What I liked about the book: This book chronicles the ancestral home of the author, by way of the intimate, candid, beautiful the sights and sounds of the people of Ireland. The author documents that she spends one season per annum in Ireland over the past three decades. These periods of stay enabled the author to compile and document local and family favorite dishes, straight from her family to your own.
What intrigued me about the book: Johnson’s visits to the emerald isle seem to have not only enlightened her about her ancestry, food preferences, and tastes but changed her life’s passion. This once Journalism professor found her true calling by sharing both her collective love of Ireland and its cuisine with others.
Favorite Flavors Of Ireland, Johnson’s 10th cookbook chronicle, shares more than 100 of family favorite recipes, customs, and traditions of her Irish kinfolk through funny stories, anecdotes, and simple to prepare meals. Also, each recipe provides measurements and culinary notations in both Imperial and metric units, making this edition perfect for those on both sides of the pond.
The recipes in Favorite Flavors Of Ireland center on seasonal cuisine. Each Irish season’s bounty dictates the recipes and meals in this chronicle, and great historic reference is added to each chapter to help illustrate the importance of agricultural life to the people of Ireland and their cuisine.
Also worth noting, the mouth-watering photographs of many of the recipes, which are nothing short of savory. A particular favorite, picturesque, lush Irish countryside landscapes and notations.
What I loved: As both my husband and I share a partial Irish ancestry, we both enjoyed relearning about Gaelic festivals, foods, and fairs. You will also find a glossary with useful information about specialized foods, market shops, and and Irish tourism websites. We both enjoyed revisiting places that my husband and I had both previously visited, included Blarney, County Cork, and Dublin.
Whether you are nostalgic for the sites, sounds, and tastes of the emerald isle, or are looking to delight your family with simple morsels of the region, you won’t be disappointed with such offerings as Blueberry-White Chocolate Muffin, Knsale Brown Soda Bread, Cheddar Crust Shephard’s Pie, Carrot and Bacon Soup, or Bailey’s White Chocolate Tart With Raspberry Coulis – Favorite Flavors Of Ireland will now hold a dear place in my own home cookbook library.
I rate this book a 4.5 our of 5 stars!
About Margaret M. Johnson
Magaret McGlew Johnson, grew up in a typical Irish-American family in eastern Massachusetts. Starting in 1984, she began her yearly visits to Ireland. From that year forward, the former Journalism professor traded textbooks for chronicling Irish cuisine. Johnson is the author of 10 cookbooks that place Irish cuisine. She frequently appears at Irish food and cultural events throughout the United States. When not traveling, resides in Westhampton Beach, NY.
Additional author resources:
- Visit Margaret Johnson’s Website.
- Connect with Margaret on Facebook and Twitter.
- Visit Margaret’s book page at Ambassador International.
- Favorite Flavors Of Ireland is available on Amazon for $22.05 shipped with Amazon Prime.
Additional Book Details:
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ambassador-Emerald International (November 23, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620205203
- ISBN-13: 978-1620205204
Disclosure: Please note, I received a copy of this book from Ambassador International for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. Thank you.