Jun. 16 2011 – 11:33 am
Have you heard of Clodagh McKenna? If not, you will soon. Like millionaire
soccer players not named Beckham, F1 drivers, and most European Heads of State,
her notoriety has yet to reach our shores, but she’s already famous in much of
And she is coming this way, with the release this month of Homemade:
Irresistible Recipes For Every Occasion, the first of her books to be
published in the US (Kyle Books, $24.95) and the perfect gift for foodie friends
who already have everything and are sick to death of Batali, Ramsay, and
McKenna is Ireland’s answer to Rachael Ray or
Martha Stewart, a multi-talented food and home personality at the head of a fast growing media empire. And while many folks here still
take a dim view of Irish cuisine, that view is completely unfounded: Ireland has
long had the best food in the British Isles, was way ahead of the US on the
localvore and farm to table trends, makes incredible cheeses and seafood and has
tons of ultra-fresh and natural lamb, beef, and pork, is home to numerous
Michelin-starred restaurants and one of the world’s top cooking schools.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, owner of the third greatest tally of Michelin
stars of anyone alive, chose County Wicklow, outside Dublin, for a branch of his
eponymous fine dining eatery, not Vegas.
McKenna goes beyond cooking to offer a complete home life package
So what does Clodagh McKenna do? Better question would be what can’t she
She cooks (and did a 3-year stint cooking at Ireland’s famous Ballymaloe
House, after studying in France, Italy and at the UK’s answer to the Culinary
Institute of America, Ballymaloe Cookery School).
She writes bestselling cookbooks, like The Irish Farmers’ Market Cookbook
and Fresh From the Sea.
She has her own television shows, with a two year series Fresh From the
Farmers Markets, followed by Fresh From the Sea, which were also
broadcast throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
She is also on seemingly every television channel at once, and has cooked on
countless TV shows, from Rick Stein’s Food Heroes on BBC to Ireland
AM Show, The Late Late Show, Saturday Cooks on ITV, and yes, The Today
Show on NBC here in the USA, as well as Bobby Flay’s Ireland on
the Food Network (US).
She writes a monthly column for The Irish Times’ Gloss Magazine and
has also written for the The Sunday Tribune, Aer Lingus Magazine, Delicious
Magazine, and RED Magazine.
She has a “glam” kitchenware line, and in Ireland, her retro 1950s aprons are
all the rage. She preaches freshness and has launched Farmers Markets throughout
Ireland. She opened a cooking school, The Village at Lyons Cookery School with
Clodagh McKenna in County Kildare. She owns a popular kitchen retail shop, The
General Store by Clodagh, half an hour our outside Dublin. She has traveled the
world giving cooking demonstrations in the USA, Italy, the UK and Holland.
And with the release of Homemade, she will almost certainly be on
our shores more, in person, in print, and on the television. You heard it here
first: Clodagh McKenna is coming your way!
Synopsis of Homemade: Irresistible Recipes For Every Occasion
Clodagh McKenna’s third cookbook focuses on cooking
at home, from favorite recipes to dinner party hosting tips to making homemade
jam, with an emphasis using “pantry ingredients” to create interesting homemade
meals and lunches to go for work or school. It is part cookbook, part good life
at home guide, with instructions on how to make things like from-scratch ketchup
and your own pickled carrots, tips for making packed lunches, and a guide to
cheeses with recommendation on their uses. The first half of the book focuses
more on things you can make for everyday use, to keep around the kitchen, while
the second half is more traditional recipes for entertaining, from starters to
desserts. Suggested retail is $24.95, but both Borders.com and Amazon.com have it for around $17. Amazon also has her last
two books, The Irish Farmers Market Cookbook and Fresh From the Sea.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
her primary challenge = CM = 34 = Generating a buzz. Skyrocketing. Meteoric rise. Things happen really quickly.