Food for Hope – In Support of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

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Food for Hope

Edited by: Katie Hallissey

Publication Date: August 2013

ISBN: 978-1-907535-31-4

Category: Cookery

Type: Paperback

Price: €20

Food for Hope is the brainchild of Dolores MacKenna and Katie Hallissey, who lost family members to motor neurone disease. Well known people from all walks of Irish life each contributed a favourite recipe that they cook in their own kitchen or, in the case of chefs like Darina Allen and Catherine Fulvio, in their cookery school or restaurant. The result is not just a cookbook but a fascinating insight into people’s tastes and culinary repertoires.

  • Aslan keep it Irish with beef in Guinness.
  • John Lonergan goes nostalgic with traditional colcannon.
  • Pat Shortt’s boeuf bourguignonne shows a commitment to true French cuisine.
  • Enda Kenny claims that his stir fried pork fillet is ‘very quick, very simple, full of flavour and reasonably healthy’. All very creditable for a busy Taoiseach.
  • Just before she died in July 2012, novelist Maeve Binchy contributed her own favourite, potato cakes and mackerel smokies.

There are very few potatoes and no soda bread but plenty of stir frying, risotto and curries, Chinese and Thai, as well as a fitness-inducing wedding cake, courtesy of writer John MacKenna. As befits a busy people, may recipes are speedy as well as healthy. Even Catherine Cleary’s delicious ‘bunbelievables’ are entirely sugar free. Mouthwatering and atmospheric photographs by Michael O’Meara, Jess Walsh, Nadia Robinson and Fergal O’Callaghan complete the collection.

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