Caroline Hennessy

Caroline Hennessy

Food writer

https://bibliocook.com/
Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy set up the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005. Secretary of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, a McKennas’ Guide Editor and a Ballymaloe graduate, she is the co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider (2014, New Island). Together with Kristin Jensen, she started the Irish Food Bloggers Association in 2010 to promote food blogging and small Irish producers. Caroline works with and contributes to a variety of publications and platforms, including the Irish Examiner, Irish Country Living, Irish Times and RTÉ Lyric FM's Culture File. An experienced public speaker, Caroline curates, moderates and presents events that involve any or all of the following: blogging and storytelling, craft beer, Irish cider, good food and cookbooks from around the world.

Caroline's favorite cookbooks

How to Eat

How to Eat

By Nigella Lawson

In my post-university, early twenties and trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do, How to Eat taught me about feeding people. I devoured Nigella's prose, dog-eared her book, cooked the recipes and figured out my way, one bite at a time, into a new life. I've loved her prose and recipes ever since. See also: How to Be a Domestic Goddess, Feast and Kitchen.

Ballymaloe Cookery Course

Ballymaloe Cookery Course

By Darina Allen

This has been my go-to basics bible since it was published. Food writer, chef and inspirational teacher Darina Allen is a passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious, sustainable, wholesome and simply delicious food. It is the book that I give to friends and family when they set up house.

The New Book of Middle Eastern Food

The New Book of Middle Eastern Food

By Claudia Roden

I used this as a guide book on a trip to Morocco years ago, reading it while travelling through dusty desert towns, exploring the souks of Marrakesh and eating all the street food that I could get my hands on. An invaluable introduction to the techniques, ingredients and dishes of the Middle East.

Real Fast Food

Real Fast Food

By Nigel Slater

A collection of simple, yet tasty ideas that I cooked my way through while in university, and that introduced me to Nigel Slater’s sensual and mouthwatering prose. Recipe writing as an exercise in stimulating greed and hunger.

SIMPLE

SIMPLE

By Diana Henry

Splattered with food and scribbled with notes, there's a get-into-the-kitchen recipe (or two) on every page of this generous collection. Brilliant for any mid-week what-will-we-have-for-dinner panics.

The Cook's Companion

The Cook's Companion

By Stephanie Alexander

This Australian encyclopedia of food and recipes, infused with Stephanie's warm personality, brings you on a fascinating A-Z journey through ingredients and techniques. It's invaluable to anyone trying to figure out food in the Antipodes and also a brilliant read for anyone interested in food.

Dining In

Dining In

By Alison Roman

With lots of punchy, low-effort, high-reward recipes, this was the book that propelled me fastest into the kitchen in recent times. Buy it for the choc chip cookies that broke the internet and use it for everything else.