“Although this will be as valuable as a reference work as a cookbook, the text is far from dry—Allen writes with a sense of humor and a nice turn of phrase. Highly recommended.”
“The most amazing cookbook we have seen in the last decade or more.”
Since its founding in 1981, students at Ireland’s respected Ballymaloe Cookery School have benefited from Darina Allen’s enthusiastic instruction and keen understanding of what makes food taste good. Now, readers everywhere can learn her techniques, tips, and shortcuts for creating delicious meals at home.
Darina Allen begins with the basics by explaining what to look for while out shopping (organic, local, and in-season produce are favorites) and how to stock a pantry with quality ingredients and equipment. She demonstrates over 200 cooking techniques, from making mayonnaise to butterflying a leg of lamb, with clear instructions and step-by-step photographs. Both novice and experienced cooks will find plenty of new ideas and inspiration. By arming her readers with the fundamentals, Darina Allen prepares and encourages them to experiment and tackle new culinary challenges.
Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook is packed with mouth-watering recipes. Of course, there are traditional Irish favorites, like Watercress Soup and West Cork Rabbit Casserole, and classic gourmet dishes, like Boeuf Bourguignon and Ratatouille Nicoise, but Darina Allen does not forget busy modern families. There are several variations of pizza, barbecue, and cookie recipes, as well as instructions for freezing and reheating leftovers. Darina Allen has truly thought of everything, and she has included it all in this cookbook.