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  1. Sinead Crowe

    I hear you! I had to give away a lot of mine, just don’t have the space! My go-to are Avoca 1&2 and Nigella Christmas!

  2. Mairéad Ni Rodaigh

    I too am an addict – mostly get them reduced in discount bookstores. All time favourites are Delia Smith and Theodora Fitzgibbon and I got a lovely present of A Year in Avoca.
    The photography is a big draw but I like books which give recipes using commonplace ingredients that are easy to get – no squid or partridges.

  3. Edible Ireland

    The only problem with having such a good browse of the gorgeous kitchen equipment is that now I’ve got a fierce hankering to go back and buy some of it! And what’s wrong with being a cookbook addict? You can never have too many, I say. One of my favourites I was just talking about last weekend is Rustic Fruit Desserts, an absolutely fab little American book that has consistently outstanding recipes.

  4. Oonagh Monahan

    I’m beginning to think my cookbook collection is more of an art installation than anythign else, as some of them have never been used, just bought becuase they look so appealing! On the other hand, my Avoca Cookbook (the first one) falls open at the recipe for Lakeshore Pork as I, and now my husband, have made it so often! I still find I go back to Darina, Delia and Avoca more than any of the rest.

  5. kathryn

    Not much for photos – they take up space better used by recipes to my mind. I love cookbooks that changed the world – Eliza Acton, Joy of Cooking, Julia Child, Elizabeth David, Fergus Henderson, Adria and in an Irish context Darina. Eliza Acton was almost pristine when I found it in a jumble sale 50 years ago – now almost worthless with the pages glued together with al those years of cooking. Shelves and shelves and shelves of old regional recipes, charity fundraising collections, outrageous memoirs, food culture – do you know that in Oklahoma every woman has her own recipe for tabbouleh? love to know why things like that happen

  6. Myrtle Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookbook is a great reference point! My parent’s copy is battered with notes penciled in everywhere and cut out recipes from newspapers and magazine slotted in at different chapters… A sign of a good cookbook!

    • It really is the sign of a good cookbook isn’t it? The battered, the better for me! I’ve been known to do a happy dance when I get home and open a car-booted book to find notes written on them!

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