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An Irish Food Story

An Irish Food Story

100 Foods That Made Us

‘This book is about the story of Irish food and food in Ireland. They may seem like the same thing, but they’re not.’ 

An Irish Food Story looks at history, culture and identity in Ireland through 100 foods. From farmhouse cheese to Findus Crispy Pancakes and everything in between, Jp McMahon shows us that we truly are what we eat.

It’s a story about what we had and what we wanted, about what we got and what we ate, from the first settlers who arrived on the island 10,000 years ago to the people who call Ireland home today.

The Irish food story is also about what we didn’t eat. It’s about how we sometimes ignored the very foods that are right in front of us. It’s about how we still struggle to assert our native food culture and food identity due to a history of colonialism, famine and self-doubt.

The high and the low, the good and the bad, feast and famine all have a place in the Irish food story. Jp McMahon invites us to explore it and celebrate it together.


ISBN: 9781738479504
Format: Hardcover, 232 pages
Dimensions: 220mm x 155mm
Publication date: 10 October 2024

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About the author

Jp McMahon is a Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur and the best-selling author of The Irish Cookbook. He is an ambassador for Irish food, travelling widely to promote Ireland, its produce and food culture. He is also the founder of and host to one of the biggest and most talked-about international food events in Europe, Food on the Edge, that features the best chefs from across the globe.

Jp is also a member of Euro-Toques Ireland and is committed to the educational and ethical aspects of food, to buying and supporting the best of local and free-range produce, and to engaging directly with farmers and producers. Jp is a regular contributor to Radio One and Newstalk radio, has a monthly slot on RTÉ TV and wrote a weekly column for the Irish Times for eight years.


Photographer credit: Andrew Downes