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Review & Giveaway: Edward Hayden’s Food For Friends

Edward Hayden's Food For Friends

Want to win a copy of Food For Friends? Read on to the end of the post to find out how – winner drawn on Friday!

Food For Friends is the third book written in the past few years by Kilkenny chef Edward Hayden (he of TV3’s Ireland AM), published 29 April by The O’Brien Press. I had made the launch of Edward’s second book, Food To Love, two years ago, a jam-packed affair in the Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny with hundreds of fans of Edward piling in to get copies of the new book, just fresh off the press. The same occurred on the launch of Food For Friends, no doubt Edward’s character and reputation alone doing a lot of the selling of the early copies of this latest installment.

The book is already in the bestsellers list, hitting #6 in the hardback non-fiction charts within two weeks of its release. But is it any good? Continue Reading →

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Edward Hayden to launch Food For Friends

Edward Hayden's Food For Friends

In just under a month, local chef Edward Hayden (he of TV3, KCLR96FM and a myriad of other places) will launch his third book, Food For Friends, at the Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny.

I was in Springhill for Edward’s last book launch, the hotel absolutely jam packed for the reveal of his second book, Food To Love, in May 2011. I had Edward in studio as a guest a few months back to find out how the third book was progressing and on April 26 coming, it will go public with The O’Brien Press.

The book will be launched at 8pm by Ireland’s Queen of Home Baking, Celebrity Chef from Ireland AM, Catherine Leyden.
MC on the evening is KCLR96FM’s Sue Nunn From and music will be provided on the evening by the Wonderful ‘Two Of A Kind’. No doubt there will be a truckload of copies of the book available to buy on the night and if the last launch is anything to go by, I wouldn’t expect the copies to stick around long.

The evening is free to attend and gets underway at 8pm. Check the Facebook event for details.

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Edward Hayden Launches Food To Love

Food To Love - Edward Hayden

KILKENNY NATIVE chef Edward Hayden has launched his second cook book, Food To Love. On Friday night, myself and Mrs. Any Given Food-To-Be made the spin to Edward’s launch night at the Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny where, on arrival, you could be forgiven for thinking you were attending a wedding, such was the crowd and the buzz around the downstairs ballroom. I’ve seen Edward in action at the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, heard him on KCLR 96FM every now and again but never anticipated the following that created the stir around Friday night’s launch.

Everyone who spoke on the night, including KCLR’s Sue Nunn, Ann Phelan TD, Ivan O’Brien (O’Brien Press), Anne Neary (Ryland House), Kevin Dundon (Edward’s “employer and boss” at Dunbrody House) and Sandy Kelly (who made the official launch) couldn’t say a bad word about the man, but more importantly, about the book.

Edward Hayden Food To Love - Launched April 29th 2011

A journey that began on Edward’s 27th birthday last June (there’s only ten days between myself and himself) with O’Brien Press has culminated in a great quality cookbook, packed with some terrific photos from Carol Marks and full of – or so the concensus was on the night – recipes that just work. That, of course, being the most important ingredient of a cookbook – having recipes that work. Scanning through the 190 or so pages, the book is chock full of really good looking recipes, heavily influenced from personal favourites and family traditions. There’s also a tasty looking section on jams and chutneys, something I’ve yet to turn my hand to.

The crowd filing in for the launch of Food To Love

The book itself is broken down into quriky titled chapters including Light Bites, Super Soups, Not Just Your Daily Bread, Something Fish (with a gorgeous looking chilli-crusted monkfish that serves 6), One Pot Wonders, Versatile Veg, Spuds-U-Like, Sweet Temptations, Heavenly Cakes and Bakes, Potted Pleasure (the afore mentioned jams and chutneys, Dining Al Fresco, Drinks To Go and finally, Festive Foods, with recipes for Christmas, Hallowe’en, Easter and other times of the year.

Edward Hayden joins the ranks of Jamie Oliver, Donal Skehan (with a blog post on Kitchen Hero to follow) and more sitting on the shelf in the kitchen at Chez McGuire but it won’t be long before it’s coming down for a crack at some of those recipes. Bringing it all back local, I’m delighted to see Edward get the new book deal, get the book out and congratulations to himself, to Carol Marks and the creative team at O’Brien Press for putting together a visually impressive read.

You’ll find Edward Hayden teaching at Dunbrody Cookery School, over at EdwardEntertains.com, and you can grab a copy of the book from his own site or via OBrien.ie, costing €24.99.

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