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An old cookbook by a legend of Irish cooking provides an insight into a grandmother’s life, days gone by and some good casserole recipes

25th June, 2011
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I have known Maura Laverty most of my life, but it’s only lately we have become properly acquainted. I inherited the playwright, journalist and novelist’s legendary cookbook, Full and Plenty, from my mother, who had been given it by her mother, my grandmother.

It was published at a time, it’s said, when the only cookbooks in Ireland were the ones that came with a new cooker, and when there were only...

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