Delicious Everyday Cooking

Written by
Brian McDermott
Photographs by
Fox in the Kitchen
Foreword by
Neven Maguire
Brian McDermott's Donegal Table

Brian believes that tasty, healthy food based around local produce is something every family can enjoy through this collection of achievable, affordable and accessible recipes celebrating the best of Donegal’s warmth and traditions. 


Best Cookbook written by Chef - 2019


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192 pages
246x189 mm
Category Food and Drink

Brian McDermott has built a national reputation as a chef on one simple belief – that tasty, healthy food based around traditional recipes and local produce is something every family can make and enjoy.  As one of twelve children growing up in Burt in County Donegal, the focal point of the family was always his mother’s kitchen table, and that childhood memory of the family coming together and connecting over her home cooking continues to inspire Brian as he shares his own passion for food with others.  Whether it’s cooking freshly-caught mussels for the fishermen at Greencastle pier or sharing his skills with others at his cookery school, Brian loves to celebrate the best of his home county’s warmth and traditions. 

Foreword      PAGE 12

Introduction   15

My Store Cupboard   17

My Kitchen Garden   18

Getting to Know Donegal  21

Crispy Summer Mackerel on Toast  22

Surf ’n’ Turf Sliders    25

Bacon on Eggy Bread with Field Mushrooms     26

My Ultimate Open Farm Sandwich 28

BBQ Prawns on the Beach  29

Grown Here, Not Flown Here  33

Big, Hearty Veggie Broth   34

Cabbage and Bacon with Parsley Sauce  36

Carrots Three Ways   37

Roasted Honey and Herb Vegetables 38

Turnip, Leek and Potato Soup  41

The Local Butcher   43

Steak with Béarnaise Sauce   44

Mammy’s Irish Stew   47

Pork Chops with Toffee Apple   48

Sunday’s Finest Roast Lemon and Thyme Chicken   50

The Homes of Donegal Cottage Pie 51

Marinated Lamb with Slaw   53

Stuffed Beef Olives    54

Sausage and Pasta Bake   56

Fried Liver and Bacon on Sourdough in Minutes    57

Honey-Glazed Donegal Gammon 59

In Donegal Waters    63

Middle-of-the-Table Mussels with Dry-Cured Bacon    64

Greencastle Fish Stew   66

Grilled John Dory with Savoury Butter 67

Pan-Fried Hake with Rosemary, Leeks and a Runny Poached Egg  69

Wild Atlantic Way Fish Pie   70

Fried Cod with Greens and Beans 72

Crispy Prawn Dippers    73

Chargrilled Vegetable and Monkfish Kebabs with Couscous   75

Donegal Catch     76

Potted Smoked Haddock Mornay  79

One-Pot Wonders    83

Lamb and Barley Hot Pot   84

Beef and Ale Casserole   86

Pork, Apple and Cider Medley  87

Braised Burt Steak with Caramelised Onions and Gravy    89

Chicken Thighs with Chorizo and Tomato    90

Moville Regatta Gathering Pot  91

Lightly Spiced Chicken and Savoury Rice     92

Chicken and Ham Pie   95

My Best Ever Veggie Dinner: Early Summer Tart   96

Fifteen-Minute Orzo Pasta with Bacon and Cabbage    99

Poundies, Spuds, Potatoes  103

Perfect Mash     104

Poundies v. Champ   106

Savoury Bacon and Leek Potatoes 107

Coddle      109

Dauphinoise     110

Colcannon    112

Baked and Wedged   113

Boxty      115

Potato Farls    116

Scalloped     117

Bread in Donegal    121

Scones Three Ways    122

Barmbrack     125

Bacon and Cheese Soda Bread   126

Thick Batch Loaf   128

Traditional Hot Cross Buns  129

My Home Bakery    133

Harvest Celebration Carrot Cake  134

After-School Jam Sponge   137

Celtic Shortbread Biscuits with Strawberries and Cream   138

My Garden Rhubarb Crumble   141

Lemon Drizzle Cake with Summer Berries    142

Rustic Irish Apple Pie    144

Easy Chocolate and Raspberry Beetroot Cake with Crème Fraiche 145

Five-Minute Ice-Creams   147

Toffee, Hazelnut and Meringue Roulade     148

Apple and Blackberry Pudding  149

Pear and Almond Tart    151

What’s for Dinner, Daddy?  155

Make Us a Burger, Daddy   156

Aoife’s Breaded Chicken Goujons  159

Granny’s Homemade Chips   160

Mammy’s Leftover Dinner  161

Niamh’s Favourite Lasagne   162

Lazy Saturday Omelette  165

Hearty Chicken Dinner   166

Chicken Fried Rice – With No Peas, Daddy!    167

Easy Meatballs     168

Lamb Steak Sandwich with Mint Yoghurt    171

Cooking and Craic   175

Herby Roast Leg of Donegal Lamb  176

Inishowen Whiskey-Glazed Chicken Wings    179

Porky Pies All Round    180

Braised Beef Cheeks   181

Rack of Ribs to Die For   182

Black Pudding Dipping Fritters   185

Hand-Held Baby Quiche   186

Goat’s Cheese Tartlets   188

Brian McDermott is an award-winning chef and food consultant who is passionate about sharing his love of food with others. As a host, presenter and demonstrator, he is one of the most sought-after chefs on the Irish food-festival circuit. He is the chef-proprietor of the Foyle Hotel by Chef Brian McDermott in Moville, County Donegal, which is also home to his cookery school. He is the author of the successful cookery book Reunite with Food and a regular on RTÉ and BBC television and radio, and in the local and national press. He lives in Moville with his wife, Brenda, and daughters Niamh and Aoife.

One of Ireland's premier chefs, Neven Maguire was born and reared in Blacklion, County Caven, where he runs MacNean House and Restaurant. He has written many cookery books and appeared regularly on television and radio both at home and internationally. 

Brian McDermott's Donegal Table is a cookbook featuring healthy, delicious meals for the whole family, grounded in local produce. Award-winning chef Brian McDermott showcases recipes based on tradition, such as Sunday's Finest Roast Lemon and Thyme Chicken, Wild Atlantic Way Fish Pie, My Garden Rhubarb Crumble, Black Pudding Dipping Fritters and much more. Beautiful, full-color photography and an index for ease of use round out this user-friendly cookbook. Highly recommended!

MidWest Book Review (USA)

the most ordinary – and most useful - book I’ve seen in a long time … little additions that give everything a boost … it’s a joy

Belfast Telegraph


Hotel and Catering Review

fuses the beauty of his beloved home county and the quality of its local produce to create mouth-watering healthy recipes that can be indulged under the summer sun

Irish Country Magazine

an absolute winner - packed with lots of easy to follow recipes

it’s just the book you need if you’re looking for practical, delicious family friendly recipes

Sunday Independent
Rachel Allen

It's one of those books you'll find yourself using again and again

Neven Maguire

a beautiful book

Sally McKenna (Bridgestone Guides)

a wonderful book … a great ambassador for Donegal and for Irish food

Bobby’s Late Breakfast, Newstalk

we’re avid supporters of Irish food, and we fell in love with this cookbook immediately … every single recipe looks delectable

Easy Food Magazine

Donegal Table is a celebration of a life where food is the fulcrum, and the centre, of the culture

John & Sally McKenna

a real celebration of local Irish food, delicious recipes throughout and stunning images!

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