Season of Bookish Delights

Posted 8 months ago in Food & Drink Features

One of the things we most like about the run up to Christmas is the excuse it gives us to check out all the shiny new books we might gift to the cooking readers in our lives, while hunting down other publications we may have missed first time around.

Par Excellence

Thanks to the labours of some of our favourite photographers and chefs, this year’s haul is already looking promising. It includes F. X. Buckley, The Dublin Steakhouse, by Katy McGuinness and Stephen Buckley, which documents the fascinating social history of the popular Dublin family, alongside a bumper selection of recipes.

The book comes highly recommended, having recently secured the much-coveted prize for Cookbook of The Year at this month’s inaugural Irish Food Writing Awards.

And for mains

In another bookish collab, cheffing buddies Gaz Smith and Rick Higgins have put their hearts, souls and a lot of their hard-earned shekels into And for Mains, their exciting new publishing debut.

Written with journalist Nicola Brady, the book features stunning food photography by Katie Quinn and lifestyle shots by John Murray, in a project drawn together under the expert stewardship of publisher and editor Kristin Jensen.

As longtime fans of Gaz’s Twitter musings we’re really looking forward to seeing his quirky words of wisdom in book format, while also gaining further insights into Rick’s stylish meaty craftsmanship.

Featuring sixty-five recipes and much more besides, And for Mains is published by Nine Bean Rows Books.


We’re also looking forward to revisiting Fishwives, an impressive cookbook devoted solely to trout recipes. First published in 2016 by Mag Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm, the book features the recipes of seventy-eight Irish women from a variety of different backgrounds, accompanied by the beautiful photography of Joanne Murphy.

All profits go to Hospice Africa Uganda, a charity which aims to ease the suffering faced by thousands of seriously ill and dying people lacking access to public health services in Africa.

As an added bonus, there’s reduced postage if you include the book with any online food order from Goatsbridge.


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