Book reviews

Irish Cookbooks 2014

by Kristin on November 27, 2014

When I say 2014 has been a good year for Irish cookbooks, I’ll admit I’m biased since this year my own book, Sláinte, is among their ranks. But what really strikes me about this year’s batch of books is the noticeable shift towards a ‘free’ type of eating — meat-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and even […]

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I’ve loved books my whole life. When I was a kid I pestered my mother to take me to the library every week. I studied English in college and for the past 15 years I’ve worked in publishing as an editor. You could even say books are my life now. After reading and working with […]


It All Started with the Dark Arts

by Kristin on February 4, 2014

It all started with the Dark Arts. I was at the first Inishfood festival in 2011, freezing in a marquee on a cold March night in Donegal, when I was given a cup of Dark Arts as part of a beer-tasting event. Having never been much of a fan of Guinness, my first thought was Ugh, […]


Irish Cookbooks 2013

by Kristin on November 27, 2013

When you look at the Irish cookbooks that have been published this year, three words come to mind: from the heart. From the sweeping celebration of Irish food and artisan food producers in Chapter One: An Irish Food Story to the celebration of family and home in Apron Strings, many of the authors have poured their […]


5 Irish Summer Cookbooks

by Kristin on July 25, 2013

For the first time since I moved to Ireland 14 years ago, I’ve been avoiding turning on my oven for the past month. I’ve also kept the shades drawn to keep rooms cool, thrown open every window and the kitchen door all day long and dragged the fan down from the attic. In a country […]


Irish Cookbooks 2012

by Kristin on November 16, 2012

I can’t remember so many Irish cookbooks ever having been published in the same year as have been brought out this year. Even though the worldwide publishing industry is taking a battering, just like every other industry, we seem to have an insatiable appetite for cookbooks, which continue to sell well. And as proof of […]


Ard Bia Cookbook

by Kristin on August 31, 2012

A few years ago I was in Galway city for the first time, giving a talk with a typesetter friend about the freelance side of the publishing industry to the masters students at the university there. We got to Galway later than we’d expected and didn’t have time to go searching for lunch before our […]


Make, Bake, Love by Lilly Higgins

by Kristin on November 9, 2011

A little perk of being a cookbook editor is getting to make some of the recipes from a book before they make it to print. I don’t mean in a recipe testing capacity — that’s a different job entirely — but I like to tell myself that it’s for editorial research purposes. Not that I […]


Think of the great cheeses of the world and you’ll probably think of France, Italy or England, but Ireland is quickly earning a place on that list with its farmhouse cheeses. The renaissance of Irish farmhouse cheesemaking started in the 1970s and 1980s and is now a thriving industry that’s recognised internationally. Our famous lush […]


Comfort & Spice by Niamh Shields

by Kristin on September 28, 2011

Reading Niamh Shields’s first book, Comfort & Spice, you get the feeling that she’s happiest when she’s in the kitchen — this is a woman who makes her own homemade cheese, butter, mayonnaise and wine vinegar, after all! An Irish expat living in London, Niamh writes the popular and award-winning blog Eat Like a Girl, […]