Exploring Evidence of Lost and Forgotten Irish Food Traditions in Irish Cookbooks 1980-2015
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5.4 SOCIOLOGY, Anthropology, Social issues, Family studies
A study by the Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, in 2008 outlined some lost and forgotten food traditions in Ireland based on the evidence from a pre-selected expert group. This paper explores the inclusion of traditional Irish foods within seventy-nine Irish cookbooks, published between 1980 to 2015. Extant academic and grey literature on food traditions and cookbooks, together with the content of the cookbooks, identified a gradual decline in the presence of certain traditional Irish foods, to the point where they could be deemed lost or forgotten. The study, however, also finds a re-emergence in the most recent period. A notable omission in both the corpus of cookbooks, highlighting their aspirational function, and the Bord Bia report, was bacon and cabbage, a traditional dish closely associated with Ireland. This paper outlines the importance of documenting food traditions in order to pass on this knowledge to future generations.
Murphy, D. (2021 )Exploring evidence of lost and forgotten Irish food traditions in Irish cookbooks 1980-2015, Folk Life Journal of Ethnological Studies, Volume 59, 2021 - Issue 2: DOI:10.1080/04308778.2021.1957429