Monday 20 November 2017

Fit for a queen

A specially bound copy of Serving a City, the beautiful coffee table book about the English Market in Cork, published in paperback this year by the Collins Press at €19.99, was presented to Queen Elizabeth last week during her visit there (left).

This lavishly illustrated history traces the development of the market from its origins to the present day, with its eclectic mix of the traditional, such as tripe and drisheen, pig's heads and spiced beef, and the new, such as artisan cheeses.

The queen, as we know, was delighted by the market, with its family-run stalls, its characters and its wonderful architecture, dating back to 1788.

From offal to olives, this book by Donal and Diarmuid O Drisceoil is a celebration of a great Cork institution that has survived revolution, fire and famine, depression and boom, and changing tastes in food and retailing.

John Spain

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