Blog to Book 2013

December 8, 2013 in What We're Reading

This has been a banner year for bloggers bringing out books. They’re all completely different and all excellent – and there’s still plenty of time to pick up a copy for the foodie in your life (or yourself) for the holidays. Congrats to Donal, Fiona, Lilly, Nessa, Rosanne and Vicky!

Home Cooked by Donal Skehan (HarperCollins)

From the publisher: Bestselling TV cook Donal Skehan is back with 100 delicious new recipes for relaxed home cooking, which anyone can enjoy! In this stunning new book to accompany the 12-part primetime TV series, award-winning food writer Donal Skehan shows how easy and satisfying it is to serve great food every day. Donal’s infectious enthusiasm for cooking encourages everyone to get in the kitchen. Whether you’re time-pressed mum or dad, a culinary novice or a student looking to feed friends tasty no-fuss meals, Donal’s irresistible recipes will get you cooking up a storm.


Food from an Irish Garden: The Good Life at Hunters Lodge by Fiona Dillon (Opren Press)

From the publisher: A lifestyle book with a difference, Food from an Irish Garden is an uncomplicated guide to sustainable living and incredible home cooking. In this down-to-earth guide, Fiona Dillon provides tips and advice on growing and raising your own food and cooking great meals with your produce.

Lilly Higgins’ Dream Deli by Lilly Higgins (Gill & Macmillan)

From the publisher: Lilly Higgins has always dreamed of owning her own little café. And while she’s waiting (and planning for) that dream to come true, she shares with you now all the recipes that will, one day, feature on the menu. Here you’ll find lots of fresh and simple recipes that fit nicely into modern life. From breakfasts of homemade granola and smoothies, to gorgeous soups bursting with flavour; from stunning supper ideas, and of course, lots of delicious sweet treats for afternoon tea. So come on in to the dream deli and get ready to inject some café culture into your home.

Apron Strings: Recipes from a Family Kitchen by Nessa Robins (New Island)

From the publisher: From a Speedy Spelt Soda to Boeuf Bourguignon, Nessa Robins guides the novice and the experienced home chef through an array of tasty, tempting and traditional recipes with a modern twist. No stranger to running a busy household, Nessa offers plenty of guidance on being economically savvy, cooking with children and on recipes for treating common ailments. Never complicated, and including ingredients easily found in shops and supermarkets across Ireland, Apron Strings nonetheless delivers recipes to be savoured and enjoyed, each one chosen from the author’s own experience. Reminding us always of the value of families and the importance of home and hearth, Apron Strings is a collection of family friendly recipes with some heartfelt and real stories from a typical Irish family kitchen.

Like Mam Used to Bake by Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell (Mercier Press)

From the publisher: Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell has been locked in a love affair with cake and baking for as long as she can remember, from the early days listening as her mam sang happily in the kitchen, delicious sweet smells filling the house, right up to today, standing in her very own kitchen singing and baking more treats than her poor husband can eat. Some favourites from Rosanne’s popular baking blog,, are included here alongside a whole host of new recipes from childhood memories and experiments in her kitchen. From the ever-popular mint-crisp pie, almond fingers and upside-down cake, to her addictive rocky road, there really is something to suit all tastes. Rosanne even dedicates a chapter to Christmas baking, her favourite time of year. Peppered throughout with helpful hints and strolls down memory lane, this is much more than a cookbook.

Gluten-free Treats by Vicky McDonald (ebook)

From Vicky’s blog: After blogging for over two years, I decided to release a short book of gluten-free recipes. I don’t cook gluten-free all the time, but I am always amazed at how popular my gluten-free recipes are, so I dedicated some time to come up with some new gluten-free treats. My main aim with this book was to provide lots of inspiring recipes for gluten-free pastries and cakes. I experimented with gluten-free flours, nut flours, buckwheat and polenta. There is something for every taste in this book.  So, if you are trying to cut back on gluten, or if you have a friend/ family member who is gluten-free, you are going to love this book.

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3 responses to Blog to Book 2013

  1. Every book has diverse and has its own importance. Caught in dilemma which shall i choose.

  2. I am definitely going to pick up that book Food from an Irish Garden. I always love adding new things to grow in my garden. Thanks Dan

  3. I also love Catherine Fulvio!

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