Have some foodie family or cheffy chums?
Here’s a range of perfect cookbooks by Irish chefs and producers for stocking fillers this year.
The Chapter One Cook Book
For those particularly food-dedicated friends that aim high: learn to cook like Ross Lewis from Michelin-starred Chapter One. The book celebrates the restaurant’s 21 years, with recipes from some of their biggest events, including the banquet for the Queen in 2011.
€39.99 from Chapter One
The Cake Cafe Cook Book
This is a seriously stylish cook book for the seriously stylish baker in your life. It's from the proprietors of Camden Street’s Cake Café (and sister café Slice in Stoneybatter), so you know the recipes are gold.
€15.95 from The Cake Café
Prannie Rhatigan’s Irish Seaweed Kitchen
Fascinating book that teaches you all about Irish seaweeds from folk stories to nutritional value, and packed with recipes you won’t see anywhere else.
Even better, you can buy the book with a Guide to Edible Seaweeds, which will show your forager friends where and how to harvest Irish seaweeds and herbs.
€25.00 (or €33.45 with the Guide)
Recipes from the English Market
Cork University Press is a good place to go for anyone interested in beautiful books on local history, arts and literature (they also publish the Irish Review).
This is a really unusual and perfect gift for Corkophile. Compiled and written by Michelle Horgan, it features genuine trader recipes from the English Market, as well as their stories: “from the traditional to the obscure”.
€25 from Cork University Press
The Happy Pear
The Happy Pear are on a mission to revolutionise healthy eating in Ireland: as well as their own sprout farm, grocers and wholefood cafés, they also run regular healthy-eating talks and courses such as their Happy Heart Course.
Find their favourite 100 recipes for clever eating in this fabulous cookbook.
€19.99 from The Happy Pear
Sheridans Counter Culture Guide to Cheese
More than just a cookbook, this book from Sheridans is part recipes and part advice on tasting and pairing cheese with wines.
It’s probably not the kind of book someone will buy for themselves, so it’s perfect for a gift.
€19.95 from Sheridans Cheesemongers
Our Korean Kitchen
A stunning book from Irish chef Jordan Bourke (whose previous books include The Guilt-Free Gourmet, and The Natural Food Kitchen, which also definitely worth picking up as well).
In Our Korean Kitchen he teams up with his Korean-born wife Regina Pyo. Covering traditional and contemporary cooking, it is the perfect introduction to home Korean cooking.
Currently only €7.99 on Amazon (usually €25) – check out Bourke’s website.