"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 award-winning author of Irish Traditional Cooking, the best-selling Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery Course and Healthy Gluten-free Eating (with Rosemary Kearney) and her latest book, Easy Entertaining. She co-founded the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Ireland. She is also a tireless campaigner for local produce, setting up Ireland's first Farmers' Market. She was winner of the 2005 International Association Culinary Professionals 'Cooking Teacher of the Year' award.