Cook the Book: 'Forgotten Skills of Cooking'

20100315forgottenskillsodcooking.jpg Darina Allen might not be a household name in the States but she has been championing local cuisine and produce since 1983 in her native Ireland.

She's been called both the Julia Child and the Alice Waters of Ireland and has made it her mission to reintroduce a new generation of cooks to the integral but often forgotten skills that are so important in our daily cooking regimes.

Allen's newly released Forgotten Skills of Cooking was inspired by a series of namesake classes that she taught at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Young students were curious about the skills that Allen had come to take for granted such as plucking a chicken or churning butter—the kind that were a given for certain generations of Irish mothers, but have been at risk of falling into old-fashioned obscurity for a generation raised on prepackaged supermarket foods.


Darina Allen. [Photograph:]

Every day this week in honor of St. Patrick's Day and in celebration of the wonderful foods of Ireland, we'll be sharing recipes from Forgotten Skills of Cooking. Get ready for some real Irish classics like Clotted Cream, Porter Cake, and Traditional Irish Bacon, Cabbage, and Parsley Sauce.

Win 'Forgotten Skills of Cooking'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Kyle Cathie, we are giving away five (5) copies of Forgotten Skills of Cooking this week. All you have to do is tell us what you are going to be eating in honor of St. Patrick's Day in the comments section below.

Five (5) people will be chosen at random among the eligible comments below. We're sorry, but entry is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Comments will close Monday, March 22 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.