Claudia Roden

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Food historian Regina Sexton (right) looking through some of Myrtle Allen’s papers in her former study at Ballymaloe House with her daughter Fern and Rory O’Connell.

The Allen family of Ballymaloe House has bequeathed the Myrtle Allen archive of papers to University College Cork. Mrs Allen, who died in June 2018, i(...)

Richard Corrigan at Virginia Park Lodge in Co Cavan, the venture that threatened his restaurant empire. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill

Richard Corrigan is the kind of guy you want to end up sitting beside at a wedding where you don’t know anyone, or a dinner you didn’t want to attend.(...)

Hamine eggs with hummus

My sister recently bought me Claudia Roden’s revolutionary A Book of Middle Eastern Food. Originally published in 1968, it revealed the delicious wond(...)

Darina Allen, festival co-director, hosting a cookery demo with Sunil Ghai from Pickle restaurant, Dublin. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

The shop closed signs went up on the Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe in Co Cork on Sunday night. Festival director, Rory O’Connell exp(...)

Festival directors Rory O’Connell and Darina Allen planning their Litfest 2017 weekend with  guest chefs Jacob Kenedy from Bocca Di Lupo in Soho, and    Richard Falk and Robin Gill of The Dairy in Clapham. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

Litfest: A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe, to give it its brand new title, is expected to draw in excess of 8,000 people to the Co Co(...)

On The Fringe: there are lots of free activities at Litfest this weekend, and The Big Shed will be the place to meet, eat and drink, and make merry.

Going to the Ballymaloe Litfest can be a major investment – attending a three-hour cookery demonstration will set you back €100 (including a generous (...)

The good news, if you’re planning to attend the Litfest extravaganza at Ballymaloe (May 19th-21st), is that there are tickets still available for all (...)

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of (...)

LitFest director Rory O’Connell with Darina Allen and Rachel Allen at the Ballymaloe Cookery School

The Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine, widely regarded as one of the best food festivals in the world and which attracted an audience of(...)

Spanish meatballs with tomato and almond sauce. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cooks everywhere find inspiration in a vast array of sources, from flicking through a magazine, reading a menu, to eating in a restaurant and I’m n(...)