Acclaimed Galway Chef Jp McMahon Launches The Irish Cookbook

The Irish Cookbook, Jp McMahon, Phaidon

In The Irish Cookbook, acclaimed Good Food Ireland Approved, chef Jp McMahon tells the story of Irish food, its unique culinary origins, migratory influences and the wild resources that make up the land. Eager to change the perception of Irish food just being associated with the potato and its subsequent famine, McMahon recounts Ireland’s remarkably rich food heritage which dates back millennia and celebrates the unique culinary culture of the island and the roots of its hearty flavours and warm hospitality.

Several years in the making, The Irish Cookbook is a comprehensive collection of 500 authentic home cooking recipes drawn from thousands of years of Irish food. The book celebrates the quality and variety of Irish ingredients, from the oysters and seaweed on its west coast to the beef and lamb from its lush pastures, to the wild forest food, berries and oats found throughout the island. 

Presenting best-loved traditional dishes alongside many lesser-known gems, the book explores every aspect of Irish home cooking including: soups, stews, potato dishes, pies, puddings, butters, curds, preserves, pickles, breads, drinks and spirits in one stunning package.

For the book, McMahon undertook the mammoth task of bringing together 500 authentic Irish recipes into one impressive volume. He sought out and adapted old recipes, drawing on the wealth of archive material available in the National Library of Ireland. He trawled through the books of Ireland’s best food writers - pulling together classic dishes, seeking out lost recipes and learning about the uses of ancient ingredients. Alongside this he brings the book up-to-date with more contemporary dishes collected from modern food writers and chefs, his family members and dishes from his own repertoire.

Here are recipes for Irish dishes known and served throughout the world such as Colcannon, Boxty, Potato farls, Lobster soup, Coddle and the Full Irish breakfast. These sit alongside a variety of dishes that exemplify the wealth of Irish ingredients such as Mussel and saffron broth, Monkfish with brandy and onions, Rabbit croquettes, Veal and blue cheese pie, Spotted Dog bread, Carrageen moss pudding and Birch wine. The book concludes with an extensive index of the island’s wild herbs, plants, seaweed, and fungi. The Irish Cookbook is an elegant tome, illustrated with evocative landscape images and beautiful food photography, it vividly evokes the warmth, hospitality and culinary spirit of the Emerald Isle.

The Irish Cookbook is available to purchase from all good book stores. 


Jp McMahon is a Galway, Ireland-based chef, restaurateur, author, food educator and food thought leader. He is Culinary Director of the award-winning EATGalway Restaurant Group , which comprises Aniar Restaurant , Cava Bodega and Tartare Café+ Wine Bar . Aniar Restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2013, and Tartare Café + Wine Bar received a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Award for 2019 and retained the award for 2020. Jp also runs Aniar Boutique Cookery School . Jp is the Symposium Director for Food On The Edge , the much talked about, two-day, global food convention that has taken place annually in Galway city, Ireland, since 2015. He also writes a weekly column for The Irish Times.

The Irish Cookbook by Jp McMahon is published by Phaidon. Photography & Styling: Anita Murphy and Zania Koppe


Discover more about Jp McMahon's wonderful food ethos and his Galway City dining spaces below. 

Aniar Restaurant - read more. 
Cava Bodega Restaurant - read more. 
Tartare Café + Wine Bar - read more. 

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