Between my husband and my families, there’s a decent amount of Irish heritage in the family. Sadly, the Irish are not known for their cooking beyond the idea of corned beef and cabbage plus a whole lot of potatoes. My Irish Table by Cathal Armstrong and David Hagedorn seeks to dispel the myth with a variety of dishes sure to please.
About My Irish Table
With its moderate climate and amazing natural resources, Ireland is a modern-day Eden, boasting lush, bountiful produce, world-renowned dairy, plentiful seafood, and grass-fed meats. In My Irish Table, sustainable food movement leader and four-star chef Cathal Armstrong celebrates the food of his homeland and chronicles his culinary journey from Dublin to Washington DC, where he runs seven beloved and critically lauded restaurants.
Featuring 130 delicious recipes—from Kerrygold Butter-Poached Lobster with Parsnips to Irish Stew, Shepherd’s Pie, and Mam’s Apple Pie—My Irish Table draws on Armstrong’s Irish upbringing as well as his professional experience and French culinary training. In his hands, Irish food is comforting yet elegant, rustic yet skillful, and My Irish Table invites you into his kitchen to explore the vibrant traditions and rich culinary landscape of the Emerald Isle.
My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve is available in hardcover with a retail price of $35 and is also available for Kindle.
My Thoughts on My Irish Table
The photography is amazing and really draws you in with the desire to start sampling all that you see. I loved reading the stories from Cathal Armstrong as they give a real flavor to the experience of growing up in Ireland as well as the transition to life in the United States.
I’ll admit to not having made any of the dishes…yet. Some are things that my husband has made (e.g. Irish Stew and apple pie) and I feel inadequate to attempt to make them in comparison to his skills. But, there are some dishes that are crying out for exploration beyond just reading the recipes. One of those dishes is Potato and Leek soup, which I have tried in the past.
This could make for a wonderful gift to someone of Irish heritage or someone who adores learning new to them cuisines.
Do you enjoy making ‘ethnic’ dishes?