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Grow Cook

All the best places to eat, shop and stay in Ireland. A local guide to local places.

Grow Cook Nourish, by Darina Allen (Kyle)
The title alone is a significant new food koan, a life-long food philosophy summed up in just three words. Everyone debates just which of Mrs Allen’s books is the most essential – The Ballymaloe School Cookbook?, Forgotten Skills of Cooking? – but for us this is the one. Read our review...

Greta’s Herbs, by Greta McCarthy O’Brien (Greta’s Herbs)
With the vivid sub-title of Growing Wild in the West Of Ireland, Greta’s book looks modest, but once you open the pages you are assailed by a wealth – a lifetime’s worth – of knowledge. Greta grows her herbs on the Dingle Peninsula, and describes herself as a wild gardener, someone “not averse to a bit of chaos.” The text and photographs marry beautifully to evoke the wild west, and this is a precious, very personal book: make sure to have it when spring rolls around and the season is upon us.

Cut Flower Farm, by Erin Benzakein (Chronicle)
Ms Benzakein’s book has been an Instagram phenomenon – 8 reprints and counting – and whilst a book on flower gardening might seem out of place amongst serious cookery titles, it does feature small sections on vegetables and squashes. But what is paramount here is the aesthetic: yes, you need beautiful food on the table, but you also need beautiful flowers. Inspiring.

Ireland the Best

Ireland The Best Paperback, Out 22 Mar 2018

This fully comprehensive and independent guide to Ireland gives you only the very best recommendations, whatever your budget. Over 2000 recommendations for every type of adventure.

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