James Beard’s American Cookery and Claire’s Tea Rooms, Clarinbridge


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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8 Responses

  1. Kristin says:

    You’re so on trend! 🙂 I’m intrigued by the sugar pie you mentioned here, I’ve never heard of it!

  2. Caroline says:

    I wouldn’t exactly say that – more that once you get an old cookbook you notice mentions of it everywhere!

    Sugar Pie, also called Maple Syrup Pie or Tyler Pie, sounds almost tooth-jarringly sweet. It’s filled with 1 1/2 cups of sugar in a custard base. Think I might skip to the Frangipani Pie, which is next on the page.

  3. Martin Dwyer says:

    or to his pumpkin pie which is the best.

    • Caroline says:

      Must try that one! Unfortunately someone – not me – packed American Cookery since I posted this so I’ll have to wait till it comes out of storage now.

  4. Eoin Purcell says:

    I do love me old cookbooks. Nothing nicer or cooler then finding stuff from the old days at car boot sales and the rest!


    • Caroline says:

      Once you get through all the bloomin’ microwave books! There seems to be a real glut of those for sale in every secondhand book pile.

      • Eoin Purcell says:

        That is SOOOO true, it was such a craze when they came in first. Even Irish publishers did some.

        My favourite to look through but not buy though are the Freezer Cookbooks!


        PS: You’ve inspired me to post some images of old cookbooks, in fact to start a little series!

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