“The Tannery Cookbook” (or An Irish Adventure with Food) by Paul Flynn has to be one of my favourite cookbooks. It gets taken down regularly and consulted for some inspiration. One of the things I particularly like about the cookbook is that it is grouped by key ingredient, e.g. Apples, Garlic, Peas, Salmon, etc. so that as you think to yourself, what can I make with this beetroot I saw down at the supermarket or market today you can open up that chapter and get some ideas for what to cook.
Each chapter starts with some nice quotes “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like apple tart …” followed by some editorial which is well written and nicely personal (cf: the story of how he almost rugby tackles the waiter in Gordon Ramsay’s “Amaryllis” for the last tarte tatin being served that night which he had missed out on)
There’s a good mixture of starter, main courses, sauces, dressings, drinks in each chapter as well.
Lemon Risotto with Asparagus and Parma Ham or
Chicken marinated with Cumin, Garlic & Yoghurt or
Blackberry and Apple Eve’s Pudding
Would make a great present for a foodie