Monica Sheridan revival

Monica Sheridan Watch out on television tonight for a programme called Home which features none other than finger-lickin’ Monica Sheridan! I discovered Monica or, rather, one of her cookbooks, in a second hand bookshop in Athlone last year and Monica’s Kitchen is a treasure indeed. As well as useful recipes it is full of entertaining opinions – my favourite is her take on boned chicken: “Frankly, I wouldn’t recommend it, but, if you want to see green in the eyes of the women and hear the praise of gluttonous men ringing in your ears, well, here goes.” – and ahead of her time recipes and ingredients (anyone for foie gras and risotto in 1960s Ireland?).

The website for the show is here and there is a little more information on Ireland’s first – and now almost forgotten – celebrity chef in the Meath Chronicle. I wonder if her other cookbooks are as full of character? Maybe we should start a Monica Sheridan revival here!

Home is on at 7pm on RTÉ One tonight at 7pm.



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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3 Responses

  1. M Buckley says:

    Many thanks for letting us know about the Monica connection. I posted a link to your blog at Techfocus the Lounge, as there are probably a lot of fans who will enjoy the programme.

  2. barbara says:

    I somehow missed your original post on this book and author. Sounds fascinating. NZ secondhand bookstores are full of microwave books also. I did once buy the Alice B Toklas cook book in a secondhand store in Auckland.

  3. Caroline says:

    Unfortunately Monica wasn’t on the programme long enough – we just caught a brief glimpse of her during the 1980s, talking about the antique purple turkey that she has to cook and about being sacked because she licked her fingers on TV! I must say, she certainly beat the other Irish food presenters – Monica Carr, Denise Sweeney – that appeared on last night’s show hands down for personality.

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