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Skerries Inspired Cookbook Launched

The Goats CheesePictured at the launch of 'The Goats Cheese' a Skerries inspired cook book at Floraville in Skerries are authors, Fergus Gannon, Pete Radzwion and Danny Ward

Three enterprising Skerries men decided to compile a cookery book, inspired by Skerries. The result of their endeavours is the beautifully presented, ‘The Goat’s Cheese’, which was launched last week and is already getting rave reviews.

Enterprising Danny Ward, one of the three, told the County Leader: “This is a seasonal cookbook put together by myself, Fergus Gannon, who has a history in publishing and Pete Radzwion who was an executive chef. The three of us combined our talents and experiences and we came up with this book, which is a gift from Skerries for people that have some connection with the town and no longer live there. It’s a great reminder of home,” he said.

Danny says that practically all of the recipes, bar the Christmas section, are done by local restaurants, local foodies and entrepreneurs and people who have stalls throughout the town. We have also included local butchers, fishmongers and many people from the local community. The Christmas recipes are done by ourselves, based on our own experiences and the rest are done by the professionals and we’ve just put it all together,” he said.
This beautiful book is interspersed with wonderful photography portraying scenes of Skerries and its culture, including the name of the book and how Skerries people came to be known as ‘goats’ and their connection with St Patrick, all of which is expertly explained on the book’s cover.

This is a serious book of 136 pages presented in hard back and Danny is hoping that it will become a nice bespoke book, which can be referenced at any time. The book is broken into seasons and the lovely photos have been taken by local photographers who won facebook competitions to be included.
“In total, there are 56 recipes, most of which have been donated by the chefs in the local restaurants and we thank them for giving us their well guarded secret recipes for their signature dishes for the people of Skerries to enjoy. There is a vegan section, a section for new mums, a section for jams and chutneys and a coeliac section,” said Danny.