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Review: The New Irish Table Recipes from Ireland’s Top Chefs by Leslie Conron Carola

The New Irish Table book coverTen award-winning chefs dismantle the stereotype of Irish cuisine being a boil, a fry, or soda bread. Highlighting fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients from provinces across the Emerald Isle, this beautiful, photo-illustrated collection offers inspirational Irish recipes.

An Irish meal must nourish the soul as well as the body, teasing each of the senses. Home cooks are invited into each featured chef’s restaurant and/ or home to experience recipes that utilize fresh fish, lamb, beef, pork, fruits, and vegetables, and of course, Ireland’s renowned cheeses.

Celebrating the new Irish food culture, this compilation emphasizes local resources, simple fare, and the highest standards, proving that Ireland is a modern food destination.


I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Charlesbridge.

This book appealed to me because (a) I love learning about Ireland and (b) I love cookbooks. Featuring recipes from ten of Ireland’s top chefs—Darina Allen, Martin Bealin, Derry Clarke, Ultan Cooke, Kevin Dundon, Catherine Fulvio, Neven Maguire, Noel McMeel, Ian Orr, and Tim O’Sullivan—readers are introduced to some of the dishes that make up Irish fine dining and the chefs who prepare them.

More than just a cookbook, however, readers also learn about Ireland itself. Short essays detail notable information about each of Ireland’s four provinces. Gorgeous color photos illustrate the beauty of Ireland’s landscapes as well as places significant to its long history.

I enjoyed reading this very much, and look forward to trying out some of these delicious recipes.

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Author: Leslie Conron Carola

Title: The New Irish Table – Recipes from Ireland’s Top Chefs

Genre: Travel, Cooking, Food & Wine

Expected Publication: February 7th 2017 by Charlesbridge

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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