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It's almost cookbook season!

Thursday, 21st September, 2017 9:18am

Autumn is not only the time when the rich bounty of nature smiles, but publishers are very busy pushing new cookbooks our way.!

As you might imagine, this is a wonderful time for cookbook collectors like myself, so here is a list of books that are due to be appearing in a bookshop near you pretty soon.

First up is Neven Maguire and what must be his 17th book with ‘A Perfect Irish Christmas’. I have already two books from Neven and have to say, his recipes are easy to follow and suitable for beginners and advanced cooks alike.

His Christmas book is available to pre-order from Eason’s website with a 25 per cent discount.

A book from a different corner is the first cookbook from Simon Delaney – the funny guy from the last season of ‘Irish Masterchef’. He made it into the finale and is now publishing ‘Simple Simon – The Diner Cookbook’ that should be available from October. Hope the book is as funny as Simon was during the Masterchef competition.

Next one up is the grande dame of Irish cooking – Ms Darina Allen who has just published ‘Grow Cook Nourish’, drawing from the kitchen garden in the cookery school. She talks about growing naturally, harvesting at the peak and preparing nourishing meals and if you have ever been in the gardens of Ballymaloe you will know that you are in for a treat.

These are some of the Irish cookbooks that will come to the shops soon but there are more interesting books coming our way with enough time to add them to your wish list for the big day in December (really hope that Mr T reads this week’s column).

Fans of Yotam Ottolenghi will be delighted with the latest release ‘Sweet’ which will hit the shops also in October.

One book that was released a few months back is ‘Le Gavroche’, celebrating 50 years of the Roux family in the UK. The Roux brothers are credited in bringing French cooking with English ingredients to its heights and considering that they are still going strong after 50 years, this book is worth a special place on my bookshelf.

Another anniversary book is ‘30’ by River Café due to hit the shops in October. The River Café is the place that brought casual Italian cooking to London and gave us celebrity chef Jamie Oliver (who by the way is also publishing a new book).

One book I am definitely looking forward to (apart from all the above) is Nigel Slater’s ‘Christmas Chronicles’. If his ‘Kitchen Diary’ is anything to go by, this will be another book that I will read cover to cover, imagining myself having his amazing kitchen and larder as well as a fantastically stocked kitchen garden.

I think I need to extend my shelf unit – now which wall is still empty?


What’s on:


21 – 24 Sept. Macroom Food Festival

22 Sept. Artisan Affair

29 – 1 Oct. Brewtonic Beer Festival

29 – 7 Oct. Oktoberfest BEAG Cork

1 October Dublin Wine Festival

1 October World Vegetarian Day Festival

7 – 8 October Cork Food Harvest Festival

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