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Food for the Soul Launched at A Taste of Donegal Food Festival

Ramelton-born celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon, Head Chef at Viewmount House in Longford was back home at the weekend to launch his debut cookbook.

Food for the Soul is a collection of Gary’s favourite home-cooked recipes. The cookbook is published by homecare company Bluebird Care which has an office in Letterkenny and 23 others nationwide.

The cookbook will raise money for Active Retirement Ireland, which has 24,500 members across Ireland.

Food for the Soul could be described as ‘food for the soul, stories from the heart’ as Gary has a personal back-story for each recipe and putting his unique stamp on the book.

Speaking from the Taste of Donegal Food Festival this week Gary says, “We have four sections in the cookbook – Starters, Snack, Mains and Desserts. We also have a ‘How-to-Guide’ for the more difficult recipes. I am really excited to partner with Bluebird Care on this project. They are a company that spends lots of time, energy and investment on projects to benefit other people and other organisations. I am pleased that my very first cookbook is one that is going to raise money for Active Retirement Associations across Ireland.”

Not only has Bluebird Care produced this cookbook for sale nationwide they have also commissioned a series of complementary online videos showing Gary cook each dish which are available to view on their website.

Director of Bluebird Care in Donegal, Marty Kelly says, “We have long-held the view that good home cooking is very important to our customers who live in their own homes. We are in the homes of thousands of people every day right across Ireland and we understand the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. We asked Gary to write the cookbook for us and to devise recipes that had home-cooking at the heart of them. There are dishes for everyone – the beginner, intermediate or advanced home-cook.”

The cookbook was designed and edited by Media Box owned by Joanne Sweeney-Burke also from Donegal. Joanne and Gary started off their careers together as dishwasher and potwasher at the award-winning Rosapenna Hotel in Downings so this collaboration is a special one for them.

The cookbooks are available for sale at €10 from Bluebird Care Offices nationwide or online at bluebirdcare.ie.