‘A work of considerable scholarship, enchantingly written in evocative prose. Margaret documents our history from the Céide Fields in Co Mayo to the present, through the prism of food and drink. Our customs, ancient rituals, myths, piseógs, feasts, festivals and pagan rites are woven through the chapters so the reader understands how despite our history “this small country has achieved so much against all odds” – it can’t just be the luck of the Irish’ – Darina Allen.