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About Darina Allen
Darina Allen is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and runs the world-renowned cookery school at Ballymaloe, Ireland. She is the author of 'Irish Traditional Cooking', 'A Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School', 'Healthy Gluten-free Eating', 'Easy Entertaining', 'Forgotten Skills of Cooking' (winner of the Andre Simon Food Book Award 2009), 'A Simply Delcious Christmas' '30 Years at Ballymaloe', 'Grow, Cook, Nourish (winner of The World Gourmand Cookbook Award 2018) and most recently Simply Delicious, The Classic Collection (publishing date end of September 2018). She has won many other awards including for outstanding contribution to the Irish culinary sector by Euro-Toques in 2007, the UK Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 and the 2018 Guaranteed Irish Food Hero Award.
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Winner of the Andre Simon Food Book Award 2009.
Darina Allen has won many awards such as the World Gourmand Cookbook Award 2018, the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Irish Culinary Sector by Euro-Toques, the UK Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2018 Guaranteed Irish Food Hero Award.
'There's not much this gourmet grande dame doesn't know.' Observer Food Monthly
In this sizeable hardback, Darina Allen reconnects you with the cooking skills that missed a generation or two. The book is divided into chapters such as Dairy, Fish, Bread and Preserving, and forgotten processes such as smoking mackerel, curing bacon and making yogurt and butter are explained in the simplest terms. The delicious recipes show you how to use your home-made produce to its best, and include ideas for using forgotten cuts of meat, baking bread and cakes and even eating food from the wild. The Vegetables and Herbs chapter is stuffed with growing tips to satisfy even those with the smallest garden plot or window box, and there are plenty of suggestions for using gluts of vegetables. You'll even discover how to keep a few chickens in the garden. With over 700 recipes, this is the definitive modern guide to traditional cookery skills.
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'Darina Allen is Ireland's Delia Smith and Mary Berry rolled into one' - The Times
'She is without doubt one of the most important people working in the food world today' - Skye Gyngell
We all know cooking from scratch is healthier for our waistlines and our wallets, but pressed for time and inspiration, most of us turn to the same meals again and again. In this accessible and streamlined cookery primer, Darina Allen, of Ireland's world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School, shows how simple it is to rustle up delicious and nutritious meals using 25 of the most popular staple ingredients, from eggs and potatoes to tomatoes, rice and pasta.
With advice on shopping well, wasting less and the essential equipment every kitchen needs, Darina shares her lifetime of experience to show you how to cook good food time and time again.
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'Darina Allen is Ireland's Delia Smith and Mary Berry rolled into one.' The Times
'Ireland's answer to Delia and Nigella' Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine
Cooking using just a single pot is liberating, satisfyingly efficient and relatively inexpensive. There's less juggling of different elements, no complicated techniques, little space required and less washing up to do. What's not to like? You can cook in one pot for one person or one hundred - all you have to do is scale up or down ingredients - perfect for solo cooks, families and anyone wanting to rustle up a feast for friends.
Including 100 dishes to be cooked in a pot, tray or pan comprising lighter meals, such as soups, baked eggs and frittatas or hearty dishes like stews, tagines and curries, plus about 10 desserts. Chapters are divided into Eggs, Poultry, Meat, Fish, Vegetables, Rice, Grains & Pasta and Sweet Things with an international mix of dishes, including Mexican Fried Eggs, Thai Chicken & Noodle Soup, Moroccan Lamb Tagine, Spanakopita, Chettinad Tomato Rice and Coffee Crema Catalana.
So let 'gourmet grande dame' (Nigel Slater) Darina Allen show you how to make her trademark tasty, tried and trusted recipes - in just one pot.
'Our first lady of food.' The Irish Independent
'It's time to clear the kitchen shelves of all those glossy cookbooks you never open and make way for the Ballymaloe Cookery Course - it's the only one you'll need from now on.' The English Home
Ballymaloe is one of the world's best cookery schools and Darina Allen, its co-founder and main teacher, is in a league of her own. Every student who has gone through her school has begged her to write down her recipes and thoughts, tips and shortcuts, and here they are in this definitive teaching book, which has everything to inform and inspire you to become adventurous in the kitchen. Ballymaloe Cookery Course explains 1,175 recipes, 370 variations and more than 100 basic skills, from making pastry to the art of carving, from preserving lemons to making delicious home-made pasta, from culturing creamy yogurt to butterflying a leg of lamb: the simple instructions given by one of the world's great cookery teachers will inspire you to prepare and enjoy the art of fresh produce and fine food.
'Ireland's answer to Delia and Nigella' Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine
'Our first lady of food' Irish Independent
'There's not much this gourmet grande dame doesn't know' Nigel Slater
Nearly 30 years on from the original Simply Delicious book and TV series, Darina Allen brings together 100 of her timeless, tried and trusted recipes. Divided into:
Soups & Starters - Winter Leek & Potato Soup, Smoked Trout with Cucumber Salad & Horseradish Sauce and Ballymaloe Chicken Liver Pate
Meat - Ballymaloe Irish Stew, Dingle Pie and Steak with Bearnaise Sauce & Chips
Poultry - Farmhouse Chicken and Roast Duck with Apple Sauce & Cabbage
Fish - Ballycotton Fish Pie, Three-minute Fish and Cod with Leeks & Buttered Crumbs
Vegetarian - Macaroni Cheese, Mushroom Risotto and Potato, Carrot & Cauliflower Curry
Salads - Roast Red Pepper, Lentil & Goat's Cheese Salad, A Warm Winter Salad with Duck Liver's & Hazelnut Oil Dressing and Red & Yellow Tomato Salad with Mint or Basil
Puddings - Ballymaloe Vanilla Ice Cream, Country Rhubarb Cake, Caramel Mousse with Praline
Winner - Gourmand World Cookbook Awards: Best World Gourmand Cookbook 2017
Growing your own food is exciting but, when it comes to knowing how to make the most of your produce, it can be daunting. In Grow, Cook, Nourish, bestselling author Darina Allen draws on more than 30 years of experience gardening at Ballymaloe to take you through an extensive list of vegetables, herbs and fruits. Each entry includes explanations of different varieties, practical information on cultivation, growing and maintenance, plus instructions for the best ways to cook produce as well as preserve and utilise a glut. With more than 500 recipes, including dishes for every ingredient, Darina shows how to use your harvest to its full potential. Vegetables range from annual crops such as chicory, radishes and kohlrabi to perennials like asparagus and spinach. Fruits cover apples, currants and peaches as well as the more unusual and interesting myrtle berries, loquats and medlars. Plus a comprehensive list of herbs, edible flowers and foraged foods such as samphire, wild garlic and blackberries.