The quintessentially Irish dishes of colcannon and Dublin coddle have made it into a recipe book of the world’s best bowl food.
The Irish comfort food is named alongside iconic meals like America’s Waldorf salad, England’s Eton Mess and Morocco’s tagine in Lonely Planet’s latest book.
The coffee table book explores the 100 best one-pot recipes in the world like the well-known beef bourguignon from France or aromatic pho from Vietnam.
Lonely Planet described Dublin coddle as “comfort food at its finest”.
“A slow-cooked dish of sausage, bacon and potato, coddle is a one-pot wonder far greater than the sum of its parts,” said the travel bible.
It also noted that it is a literary favourite as it was a preference of the writer Jonathan Swift and is also mentioned in Joyce’s books.
“Traditionally it was cooked on a Thursday night to use up any leftover sausages and bacon before Friday, a fast-day for Irish Catholics when meat was avoided”, explains the book.
It also notes that the dish is a comforting pick-me-up from the vagaries of an Irish winter.
“A bowl of coddle feels like a warm embrace on a cold winter’s evening when the drizzle has left you soaked through and the heat of the fire just can’t take the chill away.”
Colcannon – creamy potato mashed with cabbage and spring onions – is described as the “quintessential taste of home for many Irish people”.
“It was a staple in Irish homes for centuries, often served with boiled ham,” said Lonely Planet.
The travel book also linked the dish to myths it uncovered about marriage in Ireland.
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“(Colcannon) is celebrated in song and a key part of Halloween traditions when a ring, thimble or coins added to the mix predict an impending marriage, a life alone or untold wealth.
“In some parts of Ireland, unmarried women tied a sock filled with colcannon to the front door – the first man to enter would be their husband,” said the coffee table book.
The World’s Best Bowl Food also explores breakfast bowls, hearty soups and stews, healthy salad bowls and warming desserts in the whistlestop tour of global cuisine.
The book introduces 100 of the best one-pot recipes from cultures across the globe, and includes cooking methods and recipes for a variety of dishes, from the famous to the less well known.