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The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook - Review

By Kay Shaw Nelson

Reviewed by Sylvie Greil

The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook

The Scots and the Irish are seldom lauded for their culinary creativity, as author Kay Shaw Nelson acknowledges herself in the introduction of The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook. But their hearty, savory meals are instinctive and genuine, drawing from locally harvested ingredients as well as traditional staples like grains, cheese, oats and pork.

Read about witches that used eggshells to fly over lochs and about Auld Man's Milk, a morning pick-me-up said to have been the original eggnog. Learn to make bacon-onion-cheese tarts, corned beef and cabbage, cock-a-leekie and Loch Lomond Cranachan.

The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook is a humble but delightful book, and we can't wait to try making the Bunratty Castle apple crumble.

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