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  • Published: 1 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9781775538622
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 259

Burnt Barley


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Winner of Best Literary Food Writing (in English) category at the World Cookbook Fair, this is a lively journey discovering Ireland's food, people and music.

Winner of Best Literary Food Writing (in English) category at the World Cookbook Fair, this is a lively journey discovering Ireland's food, people and music.

If Peta hadn't known of her Irish ancestry, her love of potatoes would have betrayed it. Peta always connects with a place through its food, and in visiting the country of her forebears she set herself a difficult task. But it didn't take long for Peta to find the world-class restaurants hidden up windy cobbled streets, to savour the delights of grand country cooking, high-quality primary produce and seafood from sleepy fishing villages. She dances her way between such traditional fare as Guinness, barmbrack and black puddings and refined fusion dishes of roasted tomato and goat cheese charlotte with lentils and basil oil and cured wild salmon topped off with slugs of fine Irish whiskey.

In this wonderful account of travelling through Ireland, Peta searches for its gastronomic heartland, introduces her intriguing relatives, discovers her love of music is intricately intertwined with Irish social life and eating habits, and spins tales both traditional and true.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9781775538622
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 259

About the Author

Peta Mathias

Peta Mathias MNZM is a respected and prolific New Zealand chef, author and broadcaster, who now builds on the culinary travel experience with her gastronomic tours in the south of France, Morocco, Spain and India. Having started her culinary love in Paris with her restaurant 'Rose Blues', she returned to New Zealand to teach, cook and write. Fete Accomplie, a book about her life in Paris with recipes, was the first of many subsequent award-winning gastronomic travel books written about North Africa, France, New Zealand, Ireland and Vietnam. Her book Can We Help it if We're Fabulous was an instant bestseller and has also been published in the UK, USA, Canada and Germany. It was followed by a number of other books about women, men and transformation.

Peta Mathias is a respected and prolific chef, author, broadcaster and television presenter. She also finds time each year to run very popular culinary adventures to Morocco, the South of France and Rajasthan, intended for travellers who love to cook.

Peta has written a number of books about food and travel and presented a prime time television food and travel show, 'Taste New Zealand', for twelve years. As well as food and travel books, Peta has also written two bestsellers about relationships, Can we help it if we're Fabulous? and Just in Time to be Too Late. Her latest humour book, Beat till Stiff, is a companion to these two titles.

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Praise for Burnt Barley

“The Irish life she describes is lively, hospitable, kindly, curious of strangers and welcoming to them, communal, musical, and much given to song and talk (or “the crack” as the Irish call it). No-one goes home until the last song is sung, the last anecdote told, and the last drop consumed.”

Tony Simpson, NZ Books


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