Weekly Book Special: Savour of Ireland: A Photographic and Gastronomic Tour of Ireland a Century Ago

March 7, 2010 at 8:45 pm 1 comment

March 7th-14th Weekly Half-Off Book Special

To commemorate the upcoming holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, this week’s special is:

Savour of Ireland:
A Photographic and Gastronomic Tour of Ireland a Century Ago

by George Morrison (Paperback, 127 pages, 1996, $17.00)

Savour of Ireland

Imagine a tourist embarking on a journey through 19th-century Ireland, beginning in 1860. This hard-to-find book imported from the U.K. describes such an experience.

This book includes romantic narrative, more than 50 never-before-seen historical photos and more than a dozen period recipes combine to give a flavor of the country.

My favorite spread is of Clifden Castle, built in 1865 (click to enlarge):

Clifden Castle

Author George Morrison is also an Irish documentary filmmaker, best known for the groundbreaking films Mise Éire (I Am Ireland) in 1959 (Alan at the GaelMovies blog calls it “Ireland’s most important film”) and Saorise? (Freedom?) in 1961, both about the fight for Irish independence. Morrison received the Lifetime Contribution Award at the 2009 Irish Film and Television Awards.

“The process of identification, salvage and restoration of these fragile artifacts,” says Awards President Mary McAleese, “ensured the survival of a…record of a period of Irish history which would otherwise have disappeared.”

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