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Myrtle Allen

Myrtle Allen was born in Cork in 1924. She and her husband Ivan bought Ballymaloe in 1948, and there she began her varied life of farmer’s wife, mother, writer, hotelier, hostess, teacher and of course, chef.


With Ballymaloe, Myrtle had access to the most fantastic farm and glasshouse produce and Ivan was a gourmet, always guiding her in how food should be cooked. Their table was loaded with fine food. So in 1964 when the children were beginning to grow up, Myrtle decided to open the house as a restaurant. She cooked, whilst Ivan kept an eye on the business. Myrtle still works around the house; sadly her husband passed away in 1998.


Myrtle has six children, 22 grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

The Ballymaloe Cookbook
By Myrtle Allen
€27.99
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