Irish cuisine is the style of cooking that originated from Ireland, or was developed by the Irish people. It has evolved from centuries of social and political change, and the mixing of the different cultures in Ireland, predominantly the English and Irish (and, in Ulster, the Scottish). The cuisine is founded upon the crops and animals farmed in its temperate climate.
The development of Irish cuisine was altered greatly by the English conquest of the early 17th century, which introduced a new agro-alimentary system of intensive grain based agriculture. Large areas of land were turned over to cereal and a large portion of the population were confined to more marginal agricultural areas. The rise of a commercial market in grain and meat altered the diet of the native population by redirecting these products abroad as cash crops used to feed the British Empires armed forces and cities. Consequently, the potato, after its widespread adoption in the 18th century, became just about the only food the poor could afford (which was the vast majority of the population). As a result, the potato is often associated with Ireland and "Irish potato" has come to mean any dense, white potato with a low starch content. Many elements of Irish cuisine were lost or abandoned during that time, with the loss being particularly acute between the Great Famine of the mid 19th century and the mid 20th century].
By the 21st century, much of Irish cuisine was being revived. Representative traditional Irish dishes include Irish stew (made with lamb, mutton, or goat), bacon and cabbage (with potatoes), boxty (potato pancake), coddle (sausage, bacon, and potato), colcannon (mashed potato, kale or cabbage, and butter), and, in Ulster, the soda farl. Modern Irish Food still uses these traditional ingredients but they are now being cooked by chefs with world influences and are presented in a modern artistic style.
Savor the delicious and authentic recipes of traditional Irish cooking
Safe-keepers of Ireland's tastiest and most precious culinary traditions, grannies from all across the Emerald Isle have long kept the secret recipes that define Irish cooking. Classic foods such as brown bread and potato soup have been passed down from generation to generation, and faithfully served by grannies in thatch-roofed cottages and local village pubs for years.
Eoin Purcell has compiled the best of his ancestors' recipes in the ultimate collection of authentic Irish cooking. Try your hand at tried-and-tested recipes such as:
- Ravenscroft Guinness Beef Stew
- A Traditional Dublin Coddle
- Granny's Northern Irish Stuffing
- Old-fashioned Soda Scones
Bring back the memories and comfort of your grandmother's kitchen table with Our Irish Grannies' Recipes, perfect for family gatherings, St. Patrick Day celebrations, or Sunday lunches with friends.