Irish Stew

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Irish Stew

Ballymaloe Seasons: Cooking from an Irish Country House by Darina Allen (Roberts Rinehart)

The Irish Heritage Cookbook by Margaret Johnson (Chronicle Books)

Land of Milk and Honey: The Story of Traditional Irish Food and Drink by Brid Mahon (Irish American Books)

A Cook’s Celebration of Ireland in an Irish Country Kitchen by Clare Connery and Christopher Hill (Simon & Schuster) <> Comprehensive source for Irish cookbooks, recipes, food news. Updated daily.

Ireland Online <> Picks Top 10 Irish sites each month; extensive archives include many options for buying Irish products.

Irish Books & Media <> Oldest and largest source for Irish books in the United States. General interest, literature, historical, political, genealogy, bargain books. 1433 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, MN 55404; (612) 871-3505, (800) 229-3505

Shannon Everything ships postage-free; specialties include Waterford, Beleek, Wedgwood, Irish linens. P.O. Box 1088, Elizabeth, NJ 07207; (800) 223-6716

Rego Irish Records & Tapes From “Danny Boy” to the Cranberries. 64 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City, NY 11530; (516)328-7800

Celtic Connection Specializes in Irish jewelry, artwork and higher-end items. (877) 235-8422

Good reads

Irish in print

44: Dublin Made Me by Peter Sheridan (Viking Press) — The brother of Oscar-winning director Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) recalls growing up in an eccentric 196os-lreland family.

More Bread or I’ll Appear by Emer Martin (Houghton Mifflin) – An Irish mother dispatches the youngest of her brood of five to find the eldest daughter, missing for 15 years.

The Mammy by Brendan O’Carroll (Plume) — A movie already is in the works of this first of a promised three installments about a young widow raising seven kids in working-class Dublin.

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy (Delacarte Press) — lrish divorce, e-mail, laptops and heroin addiction. A recent Oprah selection.

Charming Billy by Alice McDermott (Delta) — National Book Award-winner about a sensitive Irish-American who falls into alcoholism after his heart is broken by an Irish lass.

Are You Somebody: The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman by Nuala O’Faolain (Owl Books) — Life reflections of respected Irish Times columnist recalls repression and the depression in 1940s and ’50s Dublin.

A Monk Swimming: A Memoir by Malachy McCourt (Hyperion) – Brother-of-Frank’s life after leaving Ireland involved TV acting, gold smuggling, womanizing and extensive use of alcohol.

A Song for Mary: An Irish-American Memory by Dennis Smith (Warner Books) — Along the lines of Angela’s Ashes, but set in New York City.

Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt (Touchstone Books) Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of growing up in poverty in Ireland.

 From the January 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine.