"A Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School" is a gastronomic journey through the year with a personal introduction for each season, highlighting Darina's garden and landscape achievements as well as to record the changing scenery of Ballymaloe and which produce are at their peak. Darina offers simple seasonal recipes for first courses, main courses, vegetables and desserts, taking advantage of her local produce, whether it is from one of her favourite fishermen for her Pan-fried Scallops with Beurre Blanc, the surrounding countryside for her Blackcurrant Leaf Sorbet or her bountiful organic garden for a Frittata with Oven-roasted Tomatoes and Summer Herbs. More than just another cookbook, this book focuses on creative new ways to prepare and present meals, while inspiring readers to grow, harvest and delight in good quality produce.
Darina Allen is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and the bestselling author of Ballymaloe Cookery Course and Forgotten Skills of Cooking, which won the prestigious Andre Simon award in 2009. She campaigns for local produce, set up Ireland's first farmers' market and is on the board of The Soil Association. She has won many awards including the Guild of Food Writers' Lifetime Achievement award in 2013.