Maura Laverty

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‘Successive waves of migrants changed the Irish food landscape every so often, from the first farmers to the Celts, Vikings and Normans,’ says JP McMahon.  Photograph: Fusionshooters

Before writing my new book, I had one misgiving: did the world need another book about Irish food? Surely there were enough already. But each generati(...)

Cod chowder: delicious and easy to make. Photograph: iStock

In his Memoirs of the late Captain Hugh Crow of Liverpool (London, 1830), the captain recalled eating a dish called chowder which consisted of “a mixt(...)

Old-school cooking: Rosa makes Marguerite Patten’s baked egg custard

Anyone lucky enough to own a copy of Full and Plenty, Maura Laverty’s classic cookbook, won’t need to be told it is no mere collection of recipes. It’(...)

Wilton Castle, in Co Wexford. Photograph: James Fenlon

It may not be very often that a vote of thanks is offered to the Irish Revenue Commissioners. Yet without them who would find the way to lock 26 on th(...)

Bread and butter pudding appears in many Irish cook books of the last hundred years

Do you recall the first time you tasted bread and butter pudding? Was it in your grandmother’s house? Or your mother’s? Maybe it was somewhere else en(...)

“In the days of my grandmother and Maura Laverty, cookbooks were not the equivalent of scatter cushions for your kitchen, accessories designed to make your shelves look smart.” Photograph: Getty Images

I’ve been getting to know my grandmother. This is not as easy as it sounds, since she died when I was 20. I never knew her as an adult, and I’m n(...)

As farmers get older and the toll of work gets on top them their productivity suffers, they earn less and may become more isolated

‘You will never know how many you have saved.” This was the opening line of a lecture given by a wise psychiatrist about suicide and the deaths that c(...)

Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Chetna Makan’s unusual saffron meringue cake

Are there still sweets in the Roses and Quality Street tins (that aren’t the squishy soft ones that are always last to be eaten)? Well, you probably h(...)

I loved to sit at my mothers elbow as she scooped mugs of flour from the huge Odlum’s bag in the flour press.

It sits with the other cookbooks in my kitchen but it doesn’t look like them. It doesn’t have glossy photographs to illustrate every recipe. The layou(...)

Joe Lynch in a classic pose as Dinny Byrne in TV series Glenroe. File photograph: RTÉ

As principal writer of two hugely popular television series based in rural Ireland, Wesley Burrowes had an unlikely background. He was a Northern Pr(...)

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