Massive congratulations are due to James Kavanagh and William Murray, as The Currabinny Cookbook has been named Cookbook of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards, as well as being awarded Listowel Food Fair Book of the Year.
During their five years selling at farmers’ markets and hosting dining events and pop-ups, James Kavanagh and William Murray’s food business, Currabinny, has grown a huge fan-base. James and William celebrate traditional ingredients (butter, cream, sea-salt and the best of local produce), give them a modern twist, and always produce indulgent, delicious dishes. The Currabinny Cookbook includes their favourite recipes and Darina Allen has said it ‘exudes a love of food’.
James and William easily rank amongst our favourite previous Easy Food guest editors, and having them hang out in our Test Kitchen was gas craic. We’re absolutely thrilled to see their cookbook doing so well — although we’re not at all surprised, packed as it is with gorgeous recipes celebrating the best of simple, wholesome Irish produce. Two whole paragraphs of the book’s introduction are dedicated to real butter, and that’s definitely something we can get behind!
Start your day with rye spring onion pancakes with lime and chilli butter (eh, yes please) or blueberry buttermilk drop scones; enjoy a slice of Irish cider and honey loaf alongside a bowl of chicken broth with potato, spring onion and courgette; learn to love salads with options like baked Feta, roasted lemon and trofie salad with sesame toasts, or fresh figs with black pepper and honey; make your own gnocchi and serve with buffalo Mozzarella, picked walnuts and a herb and lemon dressing; pair fresh salmon with samphire, broccoli and pappardelle in a cream sauce; elevate your roast chicken with harissa butter; and make your own spicy cucumber pickle, mushroom ketchup or kombu butter. Finish up with a pear and frangipane tart, or a flourless dark chocolate and sea salt cake, and you’ll be as addicted as we are to the Currabinny lads’ love of big flavours.
The Currabinny Cookbook is published by Penguin Ireland, priced €25 and in shops now.