Chef Adrian Martin surely has been around for quite some time, starting out in kitchens at the age of 14 he has now, 12 years on, written his very first cookbook: Fakeaway. As a lover of fast food himself when growing up, Adrian decided to make it the theme of his first cookbook. He quickly discovered two problems though: most takeaways are very unhealthy and he didn’t want his recipes to be like that, and secondly he was worried about being able to recreate those flavours he loved growing up. But he kept on trying, met up with home cooks, picked up tips & tricks from working in restaurants and included some very useful tips & tricks in the first pages of his book as well.
The concept behind the book is one that I fully support myself. There are so many good takeaway foods, but more often than not it’s something you can make at home yourself and end up with something much nicer than some takeaways. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good takeaway, but there are only very few places that I believe are worth my money as they offer really good food, but a lot of them are really far from where I live.
The rising star of Irish chefs shows you how to enjoy your favourite indulgent treats – without the guilt! Everyone loves a takeaway, but we have never been more aware of their impact on our health and our wallet. Adrian Martin has made it his mission to prove that you can enjoy your favourite treats with much less work than you might expect and for a fraction of the price.
Using tips and tricks he has picked up from working in some of the top restaurants in Ireland and from many late nights of trial and error, Adrian’s recipes let you recreate your favourite fast foods using easily accessible and healthy ingredients. From Chinese crispy duck to fish and chips, curries to burgers, pizzas to chicken wings and some sweet treats too – a night in has never looked so good!
Adrian’s cheeky grin and infectious enthusiasm have made him many fans during his appearances on TV3’s ‘The Six O’Clock Show’ and his slots on RTE with ‘Fakeaway’ and ‘Chef Adrian Eats Ireland’.
About the author
Adrian Martin is an energetic and enthusiastic young Irish chef from County Cavan, Ireland, who brings to the table an exciting and invigorating passion to the cooking fore.
Having discovered and developed his flare for all things cuisine from a very young age, Adrian went on to train in some of Ireland’s most renowned restaurants including MacNean House (where he worked for six years) and the Michelin Star Bon Appetite restaurant in Malahide.
Adrian is currently an Ambassador for Nordmende Smart Living, Manor Farm and holds a degree in Culinary Arts from the School of Tourism, Killybegs.
Now, when he’s not making one of his regular television appearances, you can find Adrian traveling the length and breadth of the Ireland with a primary focus to educate both Primary and Secondary School level schoolgoers on the importance and value of good food. Through weekly visits and cookery demonstrations, Adrian teaches the kids of today about the importance of healthy food and the tools they’ll need to practice great and simple cooking.
Adrian also hosts a number of cookery demonstrations for various food festivals, shows, charities, GAA Clubs, ICA Groups, Festival Communities and assorted community endeavours.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd (23 Jun. 2017)
Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm