Maura Laverty's Cookbook - Irish Cookery - 1947


by Maura Laverty, Longmans, Green and Co. Hard to find in ths country. First edition of the Irish novelist, playright and radio and TV soap opera star's first of several cozy and delightful cookbooks. Hardback, with DJ, 147 pages.

Coleman Andrews, co-founder of Saveur and the author of The Country Cooking of Ireland (2009), salutes Laverty's pioneering exploration of real Irish country cooking. Opined a reviewer in Time and Tide at the time of publication, "Cooking is, for the author, a jolly adventure," You can tell -- there's 11 pages of soup recipes, nine each for cakes and pudding recipes! For good reasons, she soon became known as "The Mammy of Irish Cookery." Check out this 2014 tribute in the Irish Independent:

From the inside DJ cover: "Perhaps (readers of her novels) did not guess that Miss Laverty can give you a detailed recipe, an anecdote concerning its salutary effects on both cook and eater, and a full measure of insight into the business and pleasures of surviving, all on one printed page." It's good to keep in mind that she wrote this soon after the end of World War II, when rationing was still in effect. She writes: "There were little wartime difficulties in the way of my trying out such dishes as duck cooked with Carolina wild rice, or a luscious-sounding Mexican pie which called for fresh tamales and whole kernel golden bantam corn."

Marvelous chapter head duotone drawings throughout by the famous Irish painter, Louis de Brocquy. Condition: book clean and unmarked; DJ is fragile, shows wear at extremities and has missing sections, so: VG+/G.

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