Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review : Catherine's Family Kitchen

Last week, a lovely envelope landed on my doormat - a copy of Catherine's Italian Kitchen by Catherine Fulvio.  I'm a big fan of Catherine, having done a one-day course at the lovely Ballyknocken House Cookery School with my friend Mrs T. (who inspired this blog).  I've a copy of her previous book, Catherine's Italian Kitchen which automatically opens to soup, potato bake and Saltimbocca, all of which are made on a regular basis in our house.

This time around, Catherine's recipes are family oriented with flavours to please even the fussiest of palates.  I've already made the Thai-Style Crab Cakes with a spicy Sesame Dipping Sauce (which I learned at Ballyknocken) and these feature in the first episode of the TV series on RTE, together with Oriental Style Roast Sirloin of Beef, Stirfried Green Beans and a decadent Raspberry and Chocolate Meringue Tower which looks very complicated but is surprisingly simple to make.

Catherine's writing is like her teaching : simple, uncomplicated and easy to understand.  She takes the time to explain how to chop food, highlights five useful kitchen gadgets (all of which I possess) and gives each recipe a variation or suggestion at the bottom.  What I really love about this book is the use of local ingredients - Wicklow is a county full of amazing food producers and it's fantastic to see them featured here.

Catherine's Family Kitchen is published by Gill & Macmillan and available in all good bookshops.  The accompanying TV series is on RTE1 on Fridays at 8.30pm from 9th September.


  1. Will keep my eye out for this. So far, I haven't spotted it. Love Catherine Fulvio, and her relaxed style.

  2. I watched her tv show on the weekend and I really liked the Thai-Style Crab Cakes. If only I could have every cookbook I want...

  3. Colette - it's a lovely book & the recipes are all easily achievable.

    Wiosanna - if we could have every cookbook we wanted, we'd all have to live in mansions!