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.
by Sophie White
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).
by Stephen and David Flynn
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.
by Roz Purcell
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.
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.
by Neven Maguire
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.
by Garrett Fitzgerald
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.
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.
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