Travel to Ireland on the latest episode of Native as Briana Kurtz is joined by the legendary Darina Allen. Called “The Julia Child of Ireland” by the San Francisco Chornicle, Darina Allen runs the world-renowned cookery school at Ballymaloe in County Cork, Ireland, which she founded with her husband in 1983. She runs the highly regarded three-month diploma course as well as various short courses, including the Forgotten Skills series, upon which her book, Forgotten Skills of Cooking, was based. They’re chatting, amongst other things, about The Inaugural Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine. It is the only festival of its kind in Ireland and has created an important hub for food enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas with each other. This program was brought to you by Visit Napa Valley.



“We’ve always used butter at instead of margerine or other low-fat alternatives. I trust farmers more than I trust chemists. For decades we’ve been told that fat and butter isn’t good for us. How ridiculous is that?” [10:00]


“The perception of Irish food is no way reflective of what’s going on in Ireland today. Partly because of nature, we can grow maybe the best produce in the world.” [15:00]


“Everybody seems to think cheap food is our right. there’s no such thing as cheap food – it’s a myth.” [25:00]


–Darina Allen on Native