Literary Workshops 2019

Write Your Own Cookbook with Trish Deseine

Photo Credit: Deirdre Rooney

Write Your Own Cookbook with Trish Deseine

Trish Deseine

Colaiste Pobail Bheanntraí

Mon 16 July to Fri 20 July 2018

09.30 - 12.30


Age Range

They say everyone has a novel in them, but Trish Deseine believes even more firmly that everyone has a cookbook in them!

Whether you would like to chronicle your family’s favourite recipes through the generations, tell the story of a recent, wonderful food-filled trip or gather together your unique creations, we’ll set you on your journey.

Over five mornings, she’ll be helping you tease out and collect your favourite recipes, then structure, write and consider the presentation of your very own cookbook. 

We’ll take a good look at our favourite books and how they are made and written, then hone in on your own style and tone to help you create your very own collection. We’ll be looking at illustration and food photography, and we’ll be joined by French photographer Virginie Garnier for a morning dedicated to food styling and taking your own images.

We will also take a look at the cookbook publishing world, and there’ll be lots of insight and advice from Trish and Virginie if you are hoping to publish your book.

If you can, please bring a laptop and digital or good phone camera.

We’ll be handling food, please advise of any serious allergies. 

Trish Deseine is a cookbook author and food writer who recently moved to West Cork after 25 years in France. She has published over 25 books – many of which are award-winners and bestsellers – mostly in French, for publishers including Hachette, Flammarion, Kyle Books and Murdoch books. Trish has hosted TV shows for RTE and BBC NI and currently writes for Irish women’s monthly, The Gloss.

Virginie Garnier is a French food and lifestyle photographer whose work (over 20 cookbooks) has been published by Hachette, Ducasse and Mango. She contributes regularly to the French food and lifestyle press and has just published a book with much loved ‘Frenchie’ chef, Gregory Marchand which won the prestigious ‘Prix du Livre de Chef’ in Paris.