Book tip April 2015: Kitchen Hero, bringing cooking back home by Donal Skehan

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‘Ireland’s answer to Jamie Oliver.’, that’s the way RTE describes Donal Skehan, the young Irish chef from Howth, county Dublin. I’ve been following his cooking journey for years now and I simply love this guy! He’s such a happy, creative, bubbly person and his recipes are just to die for. He’s been featured on TV, had his own magazine in 2014, has his own Youtube channel, blog, and has written 5 books. On my last visit to Ireland I was finally able to buy a copy of his book ‘Kitchen Hero, bringing cooking back home’ and I loved it from page one until page 217, every recipe was right up my street and what’s even more amazing is that he did the photography for the book too, which wasn’t that much of a surprise seeing as how Donal worked with his aunt, one of Ireland’s top food stylists, during his teens and got the chance to work alongside some of Ireland’s top food photographers including Jocasta Clarke and Walter Pfeiffer.

All the recipes in the book are very accessible and by that I mean that they don’t require any odd or special ingredients that’ll take you weeks just to find them. But at the same time his food is all very original, creative and tasty and these recipes will really lift up your day to day kitchen experience.

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Book description

Fresh, young and full of enthusiasm, Donal Skehan is a real cooking talent. His passion for simple, healthy, delicious home cooking will inspire novices and more experienced cooks alike to get into the kitchen. Armed with gorgeous, do-able recipes, Donal is the champion of the home cook.

In 2007, Donal started his own blog to record his cooking adventures and share his passion for food.  This book takes the blog and Donal to a new level. It contains some of the best recipes from the blog, along with plenty of new ideas.

Divided into 6 chapters (Meals in Minutes, Party Food & Drinks, Salads & Sides, Comfort Food, Stretch your Meals, and Mega Desserts & Baking), you’ll find quick, easy and tasty ideas for every meal. Donal’s recipes really pack a punch when it comes to flavour, but they are also wonderfully simple and straightforward, making them perfect for novice chefs and equally appealing to the more practised cook.

His personality shines through on every page – from his writing, which is as fun and delicious as his food, to the stunning photographs that were all taken by Donal himself. You cannot fail to get caught up in Donal’s enthusiasm for healthy home cooking.

Recipes include:

• Thai Beef and Mango Salad
• Oats and Seeds Fish with Lemon
• Mini Rustic Steak Sandwiches
• Chorizo and Spring Onion Quesadillas
• Swedish Meatballs with Dill Spring Potatoes
• Creamy Spinach Chicken Pasta
• Vodka Penne
• Blueberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake
• Classic Whoopie Pies
• Mojitos and Simple Strawberry Daiquiris

You can buy this book on Amazon UK, Amazon US or Amazon DE

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