Friday, February 13, 2015

Recipe Weekend: McGuire's Irish Pub Cookbook if YOUR St Patrick's Day Textbook! (Giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, and giveaway, free of charge, from Pelican Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

And now for a book review, close to our heart!

McGuire's is a Gulf Coast institution, and we're thrilled to have a St Patty's Day giveaway with this review (31 days and counting!)!!

mcguire's Irish pub Cookbook cover


For more than thirty-five years (since 1982 in its present location), McGuire’s Irish Pub has been serving authentic fare to its customers in Pensacola, Florida. It is a five-time winner of the coveted Golden Spoon Award, listing it as one of Florida's top restaurants, McGuire's is a replica of a grand, turn-of-the-century saloon, and claims its own microbrewery, award-winning wine cellar,

Now, fans of McGuire’s fun-loving food and drinks can try all their best dishes at home. This mouth-watering volume covers McGuire’s signature recipes for everything from bread and brunch to fish and fowl to meat and desserts. Also included in the foreword are 32 color photographs of McGuire’s itself to give readers a sense of the quirky pub that is home to such terrific meals.

One evening’s menu might begin with Potato Goat-Cheese Napoleons with Olive Pesto, followed by Mean Gene’s Mulligatawny with freshly baked Barmbrack, a traditional Irish loaf. For the main course, you might choose Stuffed Quail with Pilsner Sauce. But why stop there? No dinner is complete without dessert, and who could resist Apple Brown Betty Cheesecake, paired with a warm mug of Hot Limerick Toddy? For breakfast the next morning, treat yourself to Gingerbread Waffles with Irish Coffee Syrup and Ginger Sugar!

McGuire’s creative appetizers, entrées, and desserts are impossible to resist. Regardless of what is on the menu, enjoy McGuire’s food with a “bain taitneamh as do bheile”—a hearty appetite. Chapters feature such delicacies as breads, party picks, sandwiches, savory pies and tarts, pasta and crepes, and heavenly desserts.

mcguire's menu cover


It's ahrd to believe that this is the FIRST cookbook that McGuire's has published in its 35 years! But it is, and they definitely saved up a whole lot of great recipes!

After I got to the 24th page I had marked to try a recipe for, I realized I was just going to have to start cooking the entire book! Many of the recipes are very similar to our family's recipes, but there are some minute differences, that can take the taste up a notch or two. From their breads, to the hamburgers, to the condiments, to the side dishes, to drinks, I dare you to NOT be able to bookmark at least 25 recipes to try! This is a cookbook that once you start looking through it, you realize it could pretty much be your primary cook book! The recipes are pretty easy to follow, very few have ingredients that you either don't have in your pantry, or that aren't found at your local box or grocery store. The food ranges from very simple to more fancy, but not too fancy.

For those who have loved eating at either of the Pub's location, this cookbook is a must have. For those looking for great Irish Pub style recipes, you gotta get this book. And for the foodies that just want a super cookbook, pick this one up for Valentine's or St Patrick's Day gifting! Your recipient will love you for it!

And now for a sample recipe!


Got just a bit of Jameson left in the bottle? Want to WOW your guests with the BEST steak ever? Then read on, and be sure to make the recipe JUST as it says for the best results!
mcguires irish pub irish whiskey steak recipe
We've all gotten ADDICTED to this recipe and you will too!

About the Owners:

Mcguire and Molly opened the original Mcguire's Pub in 1977, after they got married, moving it to it's current location, an old firehouse, in 1982. McGuire's grandmother ran an Irish saloon in Philadelphia and his father owned a steakhouse in South Jersey. Molly came from Kentucky, but together they were a team that took a simple pub to international fame. Molly started the tradition of signing dollar bills and putting them on the pub's walls, and was known for her Irish singing. In 1996 they opened a second location in Destin.  Molly died this past August and the entire Gulf Coast mourned the loss of the energetic hostess. McGuire turned the cooking over to his son, Jim,and together the menu has gone through some changes,but the positive reviews and awards keep coming, so the McGuire tradition is well in hand! The McGuires had eight children, twenty-four grandchildren, and eight great-grand children! 

About the Author:

A former New York advertising executive, author Jessie Tirsh moved to New Orleans after a visit to Jazz Fest in 1988. Tirsh has combined her love for food and her infatuation with the Crescent City into writing cookbooks. Having worked with renowned chefs Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme, Tirsch understands the culinary blend of technical proficiency and bold flavors that is characteristic of Southern cuisine.  

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One BTHM reader will win this fun book of postcards showing kitschy scenes from Mcguire's Irish Pub! Those who would like to share the pub's whimsy may send postcards of the brewery bar, a painting of Cousin Nathan's first wife (in the buff!), or the really buff skeleton of Bridget McGuire. Or they might just decide that the cards are too nice to send and keep them for themselves.
Then, again, if they want to tell someone where to really go, they can send a postcard of one of McGuire's infamous, “mislabeled” restroom doors.

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  1. The postcard collection would be wonderful. Cookbooks is special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. I love kitschy post cards! Thanks!

  3. Mcguire's Irish Pub postcard book would be super to have.
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  4. Mcquires Irish Pub Postcard collection! But the cookbook would be great my husband loves eating there when we are in FL


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