Favorite Flavors of Ireland: Book Review


Ever longed to taste an Irish meal, but wondered where to start? Margaret Johnson offers a taste of Ireland with her newest cookbook, Favorite Favors of Ireland. Johnson, who traces her heritage to the country and has made many trips there to absorb Ireland’s culture and food, offers options for sweet and savory options. Several of the recipes have been borrowed from her previous books (as she’s produced 10 previous recipe books).

Some of the healthier recipes I’m most excited to try are the Walnut Vinaigrette and Sherry Vinaigrette dressings, Summer Pudding, Autumn Salad with Apples and Walnuts, and the Mixed Greens Salad Bread. The sweeter recipes I look forward to are the Butter Pudding with Custard Sauce and the Blueberry White Chocolate Muffins. For those looking for a very filling meal, the Chicken, Ham, and Leek Pie or the Peppered Pork Loin Roast look delightful.

Here’s an easy recipe you can try: the Autumn Salad with Apples and Walnuts (page 105) to serve eight:


2 bags (10 oz./300 g) mixed greens

4 celery stalks, thinly sliced diagonally

2 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced

3/4 cup/90g chopped walnuts

Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, toss the greens and celery with half the dressing. Divide among 8 salad plates, top with the apples and walnuts, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Top with a few grinds of pepper and serve immediately.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Ambassador International. I was not required to leave a positive review.

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