The ICA Cookbook is a unique collection of tried and tested recipes from the homes of ordinary Irish women across the country. Whether you are looking for a comforting soup, a family meal or something sweet, the beauty of this book is that you kw the recipe will work. There are over 100 delicious recipes for everything from Spring Nettle Soup and Dublin Coddle to Crusted Rack of Lamb with Orange and Olive Salad, together with `How To' sections on baking, making preserves and cooking potatoes as well as cooking for a crowd and within a budget. This cookbook will also prove an invaluable resource for the next generation of home-makers, those vice cooks still building up confidence in the kitchen who might call home for that foolproof recipe. Think of The ICA Cookbook as akin to having t just your own mammy on speed dial but rather a whole host of mammies and grannies from all over the country, each sharing their own words of wisdom and precious firsthand experiences.
The ICA was founded in May 1910 by a small group of women in Bree, Co Wexford. Called the Society of the United Irishwomen (UI), its aim was to improve the standard of life in rural Ireland through Education and Co-operative effort From the start the UI was non-denominational and non-party political, principles which continue to this day and our members are drawn from every background and shade of opinion. In 1935 the Society changed its name to the Irish Countrywomen's Association, to avoid being associated with a subversive organisation of the time, the United Ireland Party. The ICA was generally perceived to be a rural organisation, and at around the same time Town Associations were formed, to cater for the needs of urban women. Today the ICA has 700 local Guilds throughout Ireland in towns, villages and rural areas. They offer, as they have always done, support and fun, and opportunities to make friends, learn new skills and contribute to the wider community.