The Bridgestone Irish Food Guide
Packed with, as they say, “all the good stuff and only the good stuff”, John and Sally McKenna, together with their contributing editors, have roamed the highways and byways of the country to put this chunky, opinionated food directory together. Whether it is revisiting old favourites – Glebe Gardens, The Old Convent, McCarthy Butchers – or discovering new pleasures (Gourmet Gadgets, Kate’s Farm Shop, the Blue Geranium Café, Organico), there’s lots to read here and even more to seek out.
But it’s not all sweetness (check out Bridgestone newbie Pandora Bell) and light (Valentia’s Lighthouse Café gets a great write up). In his introduction John McKenna takes the supermarkets, which he describes as amoral, destructive harlots, to task for their role in destroying Irish farming.
He calls for the shoppers of Ireland to take a stand, focusing on Fair Trade for our own by “buying local food from local farmers”. And then, with the hundreds of entries that follow, he hands you the tools to facilitate this, whether it is by market, by website or by phone.
The Bridgestone Irish Food Guide is published by Estragon Press. Buy it online here.
Reviewed by Caroline Hennessy, journalist, broadcaster and author of
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