The Farmette Cookbook

The Farmette Cookbook : Recipes and Adventures from My Life on an Irish Farm

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American city girl marries Irish dairy farmer; cooking, growing, foraging, fishing, preserving, and baking ensue: 150 delightful classic Irish recipes updated for the modern home cook. The Farmette Cookbook documents Imen McDonnell's extraordinary Irish country cooking journey, which began the moment she fell in love with an Irish farmer and moved across the Atlantic to County Limerick. This book's collection of 150 recipes and colorful stories chronicles nearly a decade-long adventure of learning to feed a family (and several hungry farmers) while adjusting to her new home (and nursing a bit of homesickness). Along the way she teaches us foundational kitchen skills and time-honored Irish traditions, sharing wisdom from her mother-in-law and other doyennes of Irish cooking. We learn the ritual of Sunday lunch, pudding, and tea. We go along with her on wild crafting walks--the country version of foraging for wild edibles. We visit her local fishmonger to see what we can create with his daily catch from the sea. Along the way we see how she's deviated from classic Irish recipes to add contemporary or American twists.

The Farmette Cookbook is a compilation of tried-and-true recipes with an emphasis on local, fresh ingredients and traditional Irish kitchen skills, which for Imen have healed homesickness and forged new friendships.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 207 x 244 x 33mm | 1,234g
  • Roost Books
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 1611802040
  • 9781611802047
  • 448,487

Table of contents

Table of Contents:

Stocking the Larder

1. Traditional Dairy Recipes
2. In the Bread Box
3. Potatoes
4. Orchard
5. Preserves and Conserves
6. From the Sea
7. A Walk on the Wild Side
8. Pies and Tarts
9. Country Suppers
10. Sunday Lunch
11. New Traditions
12. Puddings, Cakes, and Confections
13. For the Lads

Common Conversions
Index of Recipes
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Review quote

"A joyful celebration of life on an Irish farm. A super, chic book written with the appreciative eye of an outsider who reminds us of the sheer pleasure of living on a dairy farm. Rearing a few table fowl, planting a vegetable garden and an orchard, rediscovering the satisfaction of using home-grown Irish produce to make truly delicious and creative food for family and friends."--Darina Allen "The Farmette Cookbook is a lovely combination of personal tale and transportive recipe, and it makes me want to come to Ireland tomorrow. In a world full of culinary flimflammery, Imen McDonnell is the real thing: wonderful storyteller and creator of delicious recipes with a traditional edge, all mouthwateringly evocative of this magical place she now calls home."--Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man's Feast "Imen has beautifully captured the rich heritage of Irish farmhouse cooking and cast a 21st century spell on it!" --Catherine Fulvio, author and award-winning proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School "There is magic in Imen McDonnell's new book, and in her story. Her dedication to uncovering Ireland's rich food culture and cultivating her own shines through. You'll want to dive right in, start cooking, and build your own fairy tale."--Sarah Copeland, author of Feast "Imen takes traditional Irish cooking to the next level with her American curiosity and ingenuity. She weaves big city cravings, like potstickers, tacos, banh mi, harissa, pizza, and more, with traditional comfort food made from scratch. Imen's brave leap of faith and love is a boon for the rest of us: we now have this charming book full of stories and recipes I can't wait to make."--Susan Spungen, founding food editor of Martha Stewart Living "It was Imen's endearing and touching personal writing on all things Irish that first drew me to her beautiful blog. Her personal journey into the history of traditional Irish recipes is celebrated throughout this carefully considered cookbook. Filled with stories of old and inspirations from Ireland's exciting new cooking scene, Imen is putting Irish Farmhouse Cooking firmly back on the map."--Donal Skehan, Irish food personality and author of Kitchen Hero "If you have not yet visited Ireland and tasted its authentic foods, you'll want to after reading Imen's new cookbook. Living on an Irish farm has never looked this attractive. What a charming and delicious book!"--Béatrice Peltre, author of La Tartine Gourmande

"A beautiful story of an American city girl falling in love with a dashing Irish farmer and the food that she began to create once settled in rural Ireland. With recipes for everything from Nettle, Sweet Pea and Turf-Smoked Ham Soup to Irish Stout and Treacle Bread, this evocative cookbook will have you wanting to don your wellies and your best apron to grow, cook, and preserve Imen-style."--Rachel Allen, Irish food personality, bestselling cookbook author, and teacher at the Ballymaloe Cookery School
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About Imen McDonnell

Imen McDonnell is a contributing food and lifestyle writer and photographer for Condé Nast Traveler, The Irish Farmers Journal, and Irish Country Magazine. In a former life, she spent her days working in broadcast production while living in New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. She now resides with her husband and son on their family farm in rural Ireland and shares stories of farm life and food on her popular blog, Imen's modern Irish recipes have been featured in The New York Times, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times (UK), The Los Angeles Times, Saveur Magazine, and more. When she is not cooking, writing, weeding, or photographing, you'll find Imen in the farmyard with her husband and son, milking cows, feeding calves and chickens, or just plain loving up their two donkeys and very amusing Airedale terrier, Teddy.
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161 ratings
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4 46% (74)
3 16% (25)
2 2% (4)
1 1% (2)
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