Thanksgiving is next week and the library will be closed Thursday the 24th for Thanksgiving Day and also Friday the 25th. We’ll reopen at our normal time on Saturday.
To celebrate all the food that will be on the tables next week, this week’s review is of a cookbook new to the library shelves. The Farmette Cookbook: Recipes and Adventures from My Life on an Irish Farm by Imen McDonnell follows a city gal turned Irish farm wife. After marrying and moving overseas to live on her in-laws farm with her new husband, Imen had trouble adjusting to rural life at first, until she starts trying out new foods and recipes. Out in rural Ireland there are no restaurants that deliver, but the simple Irish dishes she learns were put on her blog: I Married and Irish Farmer, which was changed to just Farmette.
The cookbook was a natural outgrowth of the blog, and each page is filled with beautiful color pictures of Irish countryside or gorgeous dishes with recipes accompanying. Measurements are listed in metric and the more familiar American measurements. Sections include dairy, bread, fruit, and of course a whole section devoted to potatoes. Sunday lunch, better known as high tea, is still such a large part of life that an entire chapter covers recipes of small dishes that are regularly served. The recipes range from classic Irish dishes, to new influences with an Irish twist. It is advised that you do not page through this book on an empty stomach, but if you want a photographic culinary tour of Ireland set yourself down in a comfy chair for a visual treat!
You can get the book reviewed here at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”