Behind the Half Door – Stories of Food and Folk


From the cosy kitchen of a tiny fisherman’s cottage, on the salty shores of Ireland, comes this enchanting collection of recipes and stories. With their fresh approach to Irish cuisine, let firm friends Biddy and Kady lead you behind the half door. You’ll want to curl up and get lost in their heartwarming tales of food and folk. 

The classic fare from their childhood, made with local ingredients from their villages, inspired Biddy McLaughlin, journalist, and Kady O Connell, designer and photographer, to take pause from their busy lives. What has resulted is a truly remarkable patchwork of Irish history, emotion-filled interviews and authentic recipes that will nourish your soul.

Creative by nature, be it styling, painting, writing or designing, Kady and Biddy have always shared an intrinsic love for cooking (and eating!). By channelling energy into their passion, with influences from Kady’s time in sunny Bondi, Australia, they’ve crafted the flavour-filled, simple, rich-but-fresh recipes throughout this book. They’ll bring new meaning to your understanding of Irish cooking, and a little magic of the Emerald Isle into your own kitchen. 
 “I loved this book! A great look at Irish food, past and present, showcasing the multicultural land and food we have today. Brilliant read.” 
COLIN FASSNIDGE, chef, author and star of Channel 7’s ‘My Kitchen Rules’
“Brighid ‘Biddy’ McLaughlin is not only a writer and cook, she is a gifted storyteller. With Kady O Connell’s exquiste photography and design, funky vegetarian recipes and Biddy’s twist on Irish traditional recipes, this book is as quirky and different as you can get.. a must read.” 
“Promoting Irish food requires an educational and creative approach, more so than the renowned and accepted french, Italian or Asian cuisines.  Kady and Biddy have done this with grace.  Their combined skills and passions have created a timeless collectors item that will bring colour and joy to kitchens globally, whilst elevating Ireland as a food heaven.”
Eamon Eastwood Founder & CEO Taste Ireland 
“Biddy and Kady present a uniquely Irish cookbook filled with fascinating stories and delicious recipes. It is beautifully structured, delightfully visual and charmingly Irish.”
Darren Hennessy, Ballymaloe Foods




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