Thought for Food

It was in The Winding Stair bookshop in Dublin (how appropriate) that I came across this very distinctive little cookbook, perhaps twenty years ago. It was the concept that appealed to me and so I bought it for little money (there is no price marked, alas but it was probably £2.50 or thereabouts).

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The Happy Pear

David and Stephen Flynn could have ended up like the rest of their university contemporaries: as accountants or solicitors or something else that involves wearing a suit. But fate had something else in mind: firstly, taking over a greengrocers in Greystones, near Dublin and then opening a café (of which there are now two).

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Deliciously Irish

It was a brave decision to put a picture of Irish stew on the cover of this large, square, slightly coffee-tableish cookbook; it’s a dish that is as unnatractive in appearance as it is delicious in taste.

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A Cook's Year in a Welsh Farmhouse

The tone is set, in a sense, by the first picture, before you come to any text at all. It’s of a tall Camelia, basking in Spring sunshine as it starts to surrender its petals, an upset galvanised bucket lying on its side in the foreground. Nothing has been primped or styled or made ready for the camera; there’s even a nascent sow thistle in the shade there.

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