The Irish Cookbook: Jp McMahon

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The Irish Cookbook showcases the true depth of Irish cuisine, its ingredients and its fascinating history, as never before

Ireland's remarkably rich food heritage dates back millenia and, in The Irish Cookbook, acclaimed chef Jp McMahon captures its unique culinary origins and varied influences. Irish food is the summation of what the land and sea gives; the book's 480 home-cooking recipes celebrate the range and quality of Ireland's bounty, from oysters and seaweed on its west coast to beef and lamb from its lush green pastures, to produce and forage from throughout the island. Presenting best-loved traditional dishes together with many lesser-known gems, this book vividly evokes the warmth, hospitality and culinary spirit of the Emerald Isle.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 270 x 180 mm (10 5/8 x 7 1/8 in)
  • Pages: 432 pp
  • Illustrations: 150 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838660567

Jp McMahon is a chef, restaurateur, and author. He is culinary director of the EatGalway Restaurant Group and runs the Aniar Boutique Cookery School. Founding chair and director of the Galway Food Festival, Jp is an ambassador for Irish food. He organises an annual international chef symposium entitled ‘Food on the Edge' in Galway and writes a weekly column for the Irish Times.

'[Jp]'s one of the hotshot international chefs these days... This book should be the book of the season... That's cuz he's cool as cool can be. Ireland is the new Nordic.' - Kevin Kent, author of The Knife Nerd Guide To Japanese Knives

'Scholarly, but also personal and inclusive. The variety of recipes here is part of the charm.' - New York Times

'The Irish Cookbook inspires at the hands of renowned chef JP McMahon... and celebrates the unique culinary culture of the islands and the roots of its hearty flavours and warm hospitality.' - Forbes

'This is a hefty refutation of any lingering sense that food culture away from the mainland of Europe is about assembling as many beige and brown items as possible and encasing them in pastry... 480 recipes which showcase the extraordinary produce found across the island of Ireland, from oysters and fish to beef and lamb, as well as pointing out all sorts of bits and pieces that can be easily foraged.' - Esquire

'A monumental tome on Irish cuisine.'- Food & Wine

'Explores Ireland's storied culinary heritage through 480 beautifully shot recipes. Taste your way from the wave pounded fishing villages of the west coast to the misty mountains of the Sperrins Region...' - Food & Travel

'Confident, varied and often sophisticated... In The Irish Cookbook, Mr McMahon presents an Ireland that is wild and ancient, but also cosmopolitan and pragmatic.' - Mr Porter

'With an eye on terrain, McMahon offers both authentic and innovative approaches to modern Irish cooking.' - Publishers Weekly

'The new story of Irish food.' - The Irish Times

'The weighty collection investigates the 'peasant tradition' presumption, explores historical and contemporary cooking (McMahon went deep into Irish recipe archives), and champions the produce Ireland naturally offers up.' - The Irish Examiner

'A Magnum Opus from restauranteur Jp McMahon. Beautifully researched, the book examines how Irish geography and identity come together in the country's food.' - Delicious magazine

'Few nations do comfort food as well as the Irish... Simplicity itself and eating it, as comforting as a cuddle... That said, The Irish Cookbook is about much more than the dishes we all (think we) know and love - its a celebration of the country's amazing food heritage going back to hunter-gatherer settlements 10,000 years ago.' - BBC Good Food

'St Patrick's Day is coming - celebrate with Jp McMahon's revived classics, with not a spud in sight.' - Sunday Times, Magazine

'This book is packed with compelling stories and fascinating information. Think of it as a course on Irish cuisine, told by a serious chef.' - Boston Globe

'[A] thoroughly researched cookbook... I have a newfound appreciation for a cuisine famously scorned... [T]he history buff, the Irishman, or someone with a particular affinity for seafood should definitely look to The Irish Cookbook.'- Epicurious

'Showcase[s] the island's range and bounty of dishes inspired by the sea, the pastures and the forests.' - The Globe and Mail

'Beautifully evocative and comprehensive... Jp McMahon has written what could well be the definitive book on his homeland's cuisine.' - The Sunday Times

'Hottest Irish cookbook of the moment.' - Hot Dinners