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Meet the 6 Avonmore Cook Book of the Year nominees for the 2016 Irish Book Awards

The 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards shortlists were announced in the past week ahead of the awards night itself, set to take place in Dublin on 16 November at the Double Tree Hilton.

Now in its 11th year, the awards were founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best Irish writing talent.

While there’s plenty to look at in the worlds of fiction, non-fiction, sport, short stories, crime ficton and more, here’s the six books that have been shortlisted for this year’s Avonmore Cook Book of the Year.

Recipes For A Nervous Breakdown

by Sophie White

Recipes For A Nervous Breakdown. Photo: SophieWhite.info
Recipes For A Nervous Breakdown. Photo: SophieWhite.info

Part cookbook, part memoir, part self-help manual, this is a refreshingly honest take on the life of a modern woman, and the perfect companion for laughing about the silly stuff, crying about the sad stuff, staring down our own personal madness and getting on with it (all while eating some delicious food along the way).

Find Recipes For A Nervous Breakdown on Amazon here.

The World of The Happy Pear

by Stephen and David Flynn

The World Of The Happy Pear. Photo: happypear.ie
The World Of The Happy Pear. Photo: happypear.ie

David and Stephen Flynn put fun, deliciousness and friendship at the heart of their cooking. By showing that vegetarian food is endlessly varied, packed full of flavour and easy to prepare they want to spread the love for fruit and veg! This book is inspired by family, friends and the international team at their legendary café.

Find The World of The Happy Pear on Amazon here.

Natural Born Feeder

by Roz Purcell

Natural Born Feeder by Roz Purcell. Mockup: Ken McGuire/kenmcguire.ie
Natural Born Feeder by Roz Purcell. Mockup: Ken McGuire/kenmcguire.ie

Having developed a negative relationship with food, Roz Purcell changed her lifestyle by rediscovering her love of cooking. She used her passion for food to develop amazing recipes that fuel the body, providing the energy needed to look and feel great. For Roz, a healthy lifestyle isn’t about extremes, it’s about balance.

Find Natural Born Feeder on Amazon here.

The Little Green Spoon

by Indy Power

The Little Green Spoon by Indy Power
The Little Green Spoon by Indy Power

Indy Power aims to make mealtimes as simple as possible, and has marked every dish with vegan, paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free symbols so that you can easily identify the perfect food for you. Her recipes will make you fall in love with healthy food that’s easy, accessible and perfect for sharing with family and friends.

Find The Little Green Spoon on Amazon here.

Neven Maguire’s Complete Family Cookbook

by Neven Maguire

Neven Maguire's Complete Family Cookbook. Mockup: Ken McGuire/kenmcguire.ie
Neven Maguire’s Complete Family Cookbook. Mockup: Ken McGuire/kenmcguire.ie

Food is at the very centre of family life, and when it comes to mealtimes, parents want to do the best they can. With 300 failsafe recipes, this new definitive collection gives you all the inspiration and help you need to make life in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable.

Find Neven Maguire’s Complete Family Cookbook on Amazon here.

The Brother Hubbard

by Garrett Fitzgerald

The Brother Hubbard Cookbook
The Brother Hubbard Cookbook

This book is about bringing a simple, exciting, creative influence to your kitchen – and discovering the happiness that comes with it. Leaning towards aspects of Middle Eastern and Southern Mediterranean food, The Brother Hubbard Cookbook emphasises flavour, colour, texture and creativity, for pure and nutritious food, often deceptively vegetarian and certainly wholesome.

Find The Brother Hubbard on Amazon here.

If you’re looking for cook books for Christmas gifts, these are currently big sellers both online and in local bookshops. Some of those represented by Gill Books, including Roz Purcell and Garrett Fitzgerald were visitors to Savour Kilkenny Food Festival this past weekend.

Wait – I’ve read or own some of these books, how do I vote?

Well, that’s the simple bit, albeit you’ve got a deadline.

Voting is available here online. Voting closes at midnight on 11 November and if you do vote there’s a chance of winning one of four €100 National Book Tokens.

Note that links to books are direct to Amazon via Amazon Associates.

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; lover of all things food and music. Currently working on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game.

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