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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 conducts gastronomic tours to such exotic places as France, Morocco, Spain, Vietnam, Italy and India. She lives in the South of France in the French summer, teaching cooking classes in her Uzès home and lives in Auckland in the New Zealand summer, writing and avoiding winter. For twelve years Peta presented the award winning prime time travel/food television shows Taste New Zealand, Taste Takes Off and A Taste of Home. Her many books are about food, travel, life, men, women, love and explaining how egg whites can transform your life. In 2012 Peta was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by the New Zealand Government in recognition for her work as an author and TV presenter. www.petamathias.com

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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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