Nibbles And Sips Around Town – November 5, 2014: Chef Cathal Armstrong’s Cookbook, ‘My Irish Table – Recipes From the Homeland and Restaurant Eve”

Local Chef Cathal Armstrong’s Cookbook, My Irish Table – Recipes From the Homeland and Restaurant Eve, Will Warm The Cockles of Your Heart


My favorite cookbooks reveal the author’s personal connection to both the recipe and the ingredients, and this one is no different.  In Cathal Armstrong’s My Irish Table – Recipes From the Homeland and Restaurant Eve, (Ten Speed Press, 2014), co-written with former chef and Washington Post food writer David Hagedorn, the hearth-warming book takes us on an Irish culinary journey inspired by Armstrong’s mother’s kitchen and his father’s vegetable garden, and influenced by his early French culinary training.

Cathal Armstrong.
Cathal Armstrong.

As chef/owner of Restaurant Eve, and owner of The Majestic, Eammon’s A Dublin Chipper, PX and Society Fair, all located in Alexandria, Virginia, Armstrong has gotten a heap of ink from some of the world’s leading magazine writers and has twice been chosen from among DC area’s finest chefs to create a year-long Irish-inspired menu for The National Gallery of Art’s Garden Café, so this long-awaited book is a treasure.

At the top of each recipe you’ll find a description of Armstrong’s fondest food memories culled from his childhood in Dublin and dishes from his highly esteemed Restaurant Eve.  All the recipes are tailored for the home cook.  Here’s one to warm the cockles of your heart on a cold winter’s night.


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