New cookbooks can make life that little bit brighter and there are books out there for everyone, books with gorgeous covers and a satisfactory heft, books that open the door to new foods and techniques, books that entertain and books that teach.
Christmas food doesn’t have to be stressful to be special and clever cooks always have some cheat ingredients stashed away to make life easier.
Reduce energy use, come home to a cooked meal: Is a slow-cooker the dream appliance? First published in the Irish Examiner on 25 November 2022.
“We opened the bakery just after my 15th birthday. It was eight months from me baking my first loaf to opening a bakery.” Kitty and Al Tait – who will be appearing at Food on the Edge 2022 – write about how bread and baking changed their lives in their wonderful book Breadsong.
Wrapped up in beautiful, oval, little packages, eggs are the workhorse of the kitchen. But, despite many delicious uses – and the fact that they’re a nutritious powerhouse – they are often undervalued. Kylie Magner of Magner’s Farm in Tipperary is working on changing this.
Summertime barbecues don’t just have to be all about throwing great hunks of meat on the flames: fish dishes can also take centre place. Aishling Moore of Goldie in Cork talks about cooking her sustainable gill-to-tail fish dishes over hot coals.