West of Ireland Summers

West of Ireland Summers : A Cookbook

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This celebration of food is also a vivid account of memorable family summers spent in the remote beauty of the west of Ireland. The author's passion for food is evident in over 100 dishes, some of which are traditional Irish recipes, and some of which were created by the author herself.show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 194 x 260 x 14mm | 557.92g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 45 colour photograph
  • 0753806959
  • 9780753806951

About Tamasin Day-Lewis

Tamasin Day-Lewis is one of Britain's finest food writers. She has produced and directed many television documentaries and appeared in two television series entitled 'Tamasin's Weekends' and 'Great British Dishes'. She also writes for Vogue, Stella, Saveur and Sainsbury's magazine.show more

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In the West of Ireland there is an unspoken rule that doesn't allow anyone to visit for longer than ten minutes without being offered food and drink. Tamasin Day-Lewis (sister of actor Daniel) spent all her childhood summers in this magical place. These were summers full of fishing trips, rides on the beach, long wet walks, favourite picnic food and huge ceremonial teas to fill the hungry Day-Lewis clan with soda bread, loganberry and blackcurrant jam, and hunks of splendid fruit cake. Day-Lewis describes it thus, 'it is a place that induces a semi-permanent carbohydrate-crazed appetite... I suspect it is the combination of ocean, wind-battered beaches, granite mountains and extreme exercise, which all conspire with the damp salt air to make long for hearty soups, and stews, slabs of bread and dense filling cakes'. Evocatively, for she obviously adores the place, the author re-lives the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this wild and wonderful childhood. Although the recipes are delicious and very homely (Rhubarb, Orange and Honey Pie, to wrap and take to the beach), this is far more than just a cookery book; lyrical writing and glorious photography describe the almost mystical beauty of a very special palce which thankfully seems to have been largely untouched by today's hectic world. (Kirkus UK)show more

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