Neven Maguire dedicates new book to his inspirational mum

Award-winning chef Neven Maguire has launched his new book ‘The MacNean Restaurant Cookbook’. A first for the restaurant, celebrating thirty years of the Maguire family business, Neven has dedicated the book to his mum, Vera who passed away recently.

Award-winning chef Neven Maguire has launched his new book ‘The MacNean Restaurant Cookbook’. A first for the restaurant, celebrating thirty years of the Maguire family business, Neven has dedicated the book to his mum, Vera who passed away recently.

“This is the book I have always wanted to see. I am so glad my mother was able to see it. I feel so emotional about it. It has so many memories of wonderful nights working with the MacNean team in the village where I grew up and now live. There are a lot of my favourites between these covers. We have had a great journey together and are all looking forward to the next thirty years” said Neven.

It is not often that the dedication says so much about a book. Just a few days before she died Vera Maguire held an advance copy of this magnificently produced book and read the following by Neven:-

“This book is dedicated to my wonderful mother, Vera, who started MacNean Restaurant. Thank you for all the love and inspiration you have given me over the years. I will always be grateful.”

Neven Maguire put Blacklion on the culinary map. Here, for the first time, stunningly photographed, are the dishes that have brought acclaim to Neven Maguire and MacNean House. It is truly a feast for food lovers.

All of the restaurant’s signature dishes are here, including ‘MacNean Special Porridge with Honey and Cream’, ‘A Study of Shellfish’ and the famous ‘Orchard’ dessert. Other hugely popular recipes included are ‘Gratin Of Cod With Prawns’, ‘Bruschetta Of Wild Mushrooms And Asparagus’, ‘Salmon Sausages With Creamed Leeks’, as well as classics like ‘Pepper Steak With Gratin Potatoes’ and ‘Roast Rib Of Beef On The Bone With Yorkshire Puddings’.

With a foreword from Ross Golden-Bannon, the book also includes atmospheric shots of the restaurant and staff at work.

The ‘The MacNean Restaurant Cookbook’ is available now from good book stores nationwide. See www.nevenmaguire.com