Nine Bean Rows Books is a new boutique Irish publishing house for tastemakers and storytellers.
At Nine Bean Rows, we believe that there are two things that connect absolutely everyone, everywhere: food and stories. More people need to be able to share their food and by extension their story, which is why we will initially prioritise new voices in Ireland who have not previously published a book. Our aim is to provide a more inclusive snapshot of Ireland’s modern and diverse food culture.
Bake by Graham Herterich
Graham Herterich, aka The Cupcake Bloke, has always been fascinated by taking classic Irish recipes and giving them a modern twist. By classic, he means proper bakes like soda bread, tarts, porter cake and brack all the way up to modern classics like jambons, cheesecakes and fifteens.
In Bake: Traditional Irish Baking with Modern Twists, every recipe for a traditional bake is followed by a fresh new spin using the ingredients available in Ireland now, from advieh to zhug. It may not be an exact update of the recipe – it could be a modern interpretation of the flavour combination or a reinterpretation of the concept, like a classic coffee and walnut cake reimagined as a coffee and walnut pavlova with coffee poached pears.
Food is a powerful link to our past, so writing the book also became a trip down the memory lane of Graham’s childhood, teens and early twenties all the way through to the last few years, when he became more confident in his food, flavours, inspirations and textures and realised that baking is more than just an action – it’s an invitation to the people you are going to share it with, a symbol of generosity and a gesture of love.
Bake: Traditional Irish Baking with Modern Twists will be published in September 2022 but you can pre-order your copy now and get 10% off.
Blasta Books is our sister project that's changing the way that cookbooks are published in order to make more room at the table.
Hardcover, small format and illustrated by Dublin artist Nicky Hooper, the cookbooks will be released four times a year as a quarterly periodical series.
Each volume is a standalone 72-page A5 cookbook, but as a collectible series they will also provide a more inclusive snapshot of Ireland’s modern and diverse food culture, from tacos to tapas, spice bags to sushi. They are little books with big voices.