What do the food producers at Carlow Farmers’ Market, Carlow’s award winning restaurateurs and their local food suppliers have cooking in their own kitchens? Find out in The Carlow Cookbook, a new cookbook celebrating the very best of local Carlow produce. Curated by Anne Marie Carroll, a food writer from the Food Writers’ Guild of Ireland, with a foreword by Georgina Campbell of the GC Guides, it celebrates everything that is great about Carlow and its growing culinary confidence.
With its launch by Neven Maguire, TV chef and personality The Carlow Cookbook serves up classics like Coolanowle beef and carrot stew, updates of specialties such as chicken liver pâté by the Forge Restaurant and, sure to be a family favourite, Coolattin macaroni cheese. The chefs, who run Carlow’s busiest restaurant kitchens, also reveal their secrets to indulgences like Braised Beef Cheek and O’ Hara’s Stout and melting Chocolate Garden of Ireland fondant.
Commenting on the initiative Kathleen Holohan, CE of Carlow County Council noted “Food has an unmatched ability to communicate a unique sense of place. The Carlow Cookbook celebrates and showcases the best of our local produce and the people behind it. In partnering with Carlow Tourism on this project, we wanted to link our local restaurants and food tourism establishments in a very meaningful way with local food producers. This cookbook will also appeal to local people eager to include Carlow food in their daily cooking habits.”
John Murphy, Chairman of Carlow Tourism stated: “Stories of our food and drink connect visitors with our place – with our landscape, and our history and heritage and here in Carlow we have a very strong food story to tell. Food and drink are a core part of the tourist experience – currently food and beverage accounts for 35% of overall visitor spend in Ireland and with a growing tendency by visitors to ‘eat local’ on their holiday trip this is an expanding area in the tourism sector. The Carlow Cookbook responds to these trends by reflecting simple, good and authentic food that can be sourced in Carlow.”
“This book is a great reflection of the talent there is here in Carlow said Anne Marie Carroll, and the variety and range of food and drink products available in the county is truly impressive. But what really stood out was that everyone involved had one thing in common, and that was passion. It is passion like this which makes the rest of the country sit up and take notice – Carlow is well on its way to being a culinary heavyweight.”
The recipes in this imaginative collection share the warmth and charm of Carlow and are sure to become family staples. The cookbook is an ideal gift for Carlovians at home and abroad.
Produced by Carlow Tourism with support from Carlow County Council and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, copies of the cookbook which retail at €12.50 can be purchased from:
Carlow Tourist Office, College Street, Carlow. T: 059-9131554. Purchase by debit/credit card or on-line
Eason’s Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. T: 059-9721558 www.arboretum.ie
The Little Irish Shop, Castle Hill, Carlow dolmencounty.com
Chocolate Garden of Ireland, Tullow, Co. Carlow T: 059-6481999 www.chocolategarden.ie