THE growing trend of cooking at home is celebrated in Kilkenny chef Anne Neary’s new cookbook, Food for Sharing.
Launched on Thursday in the Set Theatre, the book emphasises simple, straightforward recipes with one chapter devoted to 1960s classics including old favourites such as prawn cocktail, French onion soup and croquette potatoes.
Anne Neary is best known through her Ryeland House Cookery School, broadcast appearances and occasional food columns in national and local media. She also lectures in culinary courses with Waterford VEC and presents a regular live cookery slot on ‘The Sue Nunn Show’ on KCLR 96FM. Her first book, A Country Kitchen, was published in October 2009.
Anne’s food philosophy is to “keep it simple, seasonal and tasty.” Living in Cuffesgrange, she built her own polytunnel last year in which she grows herbs, vegetables and soft fruits – all which she uses for her cookery classes.
As well as covering 1960 food classics, “Food for Sharing” devotes chapters to, ‘accompaniments’, ‘covered with pastry’, ‘fresh from the sea’, ‘great family food’, ‘off the grill’, ‘ready in 45 minutes’, soups, ‘Sunday lunch’, desserts and ‘let them eat cake’.
“There is no better way for a family to spend time together and to share than sitting down over a wholesome, home cooked meal,” the chef says. “This is the essence of my book and something which people are reaching out for more and more in the last few years.” Anne’s book is self-published and is available in bookshops in Kilkenny and the South East. Copies are also available from www.ryelandhousecookery.com.