The sisters of Kylemore Abbey are a hardy west of Ireland group of nuns who handled tens of thousands of eager visitors to their home in the heart of Connemara. The nuns are famous for their Benedictine welcome and for their food in the abbey restaurant and tea rooms. They even make their own chocolate.
Kylemore has recently announced a partnership with Notre Dame University and this has served to put it on the American map and this cookbook is aimed at both Irish and American markets.
The book will feature top class photography and will use pictures of the nuns themselves at work in the kitchens and the gardens. The book will be edited by a very established cookery book editor.
John O’Toole is head chef at Mitchell’s Café in Kylemore Abbey. Originally from Moyard, John has a professional career span- ning decades bringing top quality food to diners in Connemara.
John plans to modernise some of the Benedictine nuns’ recipes: ‘The nuns’ recipes are timeless classics,’ John said. ‘I’ll be looking at them with a fresh approach and some may be modernised with new twists over the summer.’
Marguerite Foyle is the Manager at the Kylemore Abbey since May 2015.
Valerie O’Sullivan is a photographer and media provider, based in Killarney. She covers a wide range of events in the Public Relations, Press, Tourism and Outdoor Sectors. A winner of many national awards in the Press Photographs Association of Ireland competition.