Baking Traditions for Today

Written by and Photographed by
Valerie O'Connor
Bread on the Table

Bread on the Table is a book for everyone; parents who want to put better bread in their kids' lunch-boxes, those who want to do things for themselves, save some money in the process and have some fun in the kitchen.

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160 pages
246x189 mm

Bread on the Table shows cooks at home how easy it is to whip up a batch of griddle cakes faster than driving to the shops, parking and paying for a plastic loaf. This is a book for everyone: parents who want to put better bread in their kids' lunch-boxes, those who want to bake things for themselves, and people hoping to save money and have some fun in the kitchen.

Valerie O'Connor began her career at the Limerick Post. She has enjoyed a varied career in media from a long stint in press photography in Dublin, to food blogging which led to spot as a guest critic on RTE’s Masterchef. She teaches classes in self-sufficiency and has made short films on environmental issues and food which can be seen on the urbanfarmer channel on youtube.

a book for everyone

Irish Farmers Monthly

simple and straightforward … you will never go back to the supermarket sliced pan again

Irish Independent

you should put it on your Christmas gift list, both for baking enthusiasts and those who haven’t a clue how to switch on the oven

Irish Daily Mail

a really lovely book, I expect it will be used for many years to come here

a comprehensive book with lovely photos which will have you sifting flour through your fingers in no time at all

Sunday Independent

very attractive book with beautiful photographs

Books Ireland

an engaging bread baking guide suitable for even the most nervous home baker … the perfect bible for those who want to change up their views on bread

Food and Wine Magazine

practical and engaging

Easy Food Magazine

something for everyone

RTE’s Taste Magazine

I really like this … even if you have other books on baking, this one merits a place on your kitchen bookshelf for its freshness and the high proportion of recipes that bring something original to the table … a book that stands out from the crowd

Georgina Campbell’s

it's actually pretty easy to bake your own bread and Bread on the Table by Valerie O'Connor is the book that will encourage you to roll up your sleeves and turn on the oven … if you've always been afraid of baking rather than buying, this book will convert you

unfortunately bread does not like me, for two reasons. Number one is that if i eat too much wheat i am in a world of pain for several days and number two i am absolutely rubbish at baking bread. However this is all about to change because i have come across a life changing bread recipe from Valerie O'Connor’s latest Bread on the Table book. Her Easy Oat Bread could not be simpler and tastes amazing. It is so moist, keeps for up to a week and tastes fab. It is wheat free and if you use gluten free oats then it’s gluten free. I urge you to try this and can assure you, you won’t be disappointed

Hungry Baba Working Mama

always thought bread would be really hard to make ... Valerie made it easy to understand and with the addition of step by step pictures for the basic white bread recipe, it was easy for myself and my two daughters to follow through our very first white bread recipe … the house smelled delicious and the white bread was gorgeous … I love this book, its more than a recipe book - and will be used time and time again

Sometimes I come across a book that really inspires me enough to actually stick to the recipes – and Val O’Connor’s Bread on the Table: Baking Traditions for Today is just such a read … this is not the kind of cookbook that you look at just once – it’s something that will remain on your counter and be used over and over. It’s beautifully written and the photographs are spectacular. It is definitely one that I will be gifting to people new to bread and baking and would highly recommend as a book that will remain in your kitchen for years (and generations!?) to come!

slice of heaven

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine

a great read with a section on GF goodies too

Gas Mark Seven

beautifully presented

Limerick Chronicle

Val O’Connor’s Bread on the Table is a collection of the kind of recipes that you can pull together with little effort and which leave your house smelling like that of the most domestic of domestic goddesses

it isn’t just a cookbook but a homage to the daily pan

Sunday Times’ Sunday Magazine

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VALERIE O’CONNOR is a cook, food writer and photographer; her column inches can be found in many national newspapers. She teaches classes in traditional cooking skills and has worked in professional kitchens from Brussels to Malaysia. She is a qualified Organic Horticulturalist and blogs about her food adventures at

Other books by this author
  • Val's Kitchen
  • Fruit on the Table
  • Irish Bread Baking for Today

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