Shenanchie is the creator Food Fare, and is sole writer of all articles, newsletters and content. She is also chief-editor of the Breakfast Cookbook, Community Garden Cookbook, Food Fare Cookbook, Furry Friends Cookbook, Recipes-on-a-Budget Cookbook and the Soups & Stews Cookbook, co-editor of the Ambrosia Cookbook and Larkin Community Cookbook, and the author/editor of Food Fare's Culinary Collection and Food Articles.
People who know me well are often surprised to learn I write cookbooks and operate a recipe-related web site. While I do my fair share of cooking, I've never been one to be enthralled with the daily slog of trying to decide what to prepare for any given meal. Unlike many women of my generation, I don't find "kitchen duty" to be my natural area of responsibility and thus far have managed to avoid it like the plague - as my three former husbands would attest. However, when it comes to improvising and experimenting with new recipes and cooking methods, I tend to throw myself into the mix. This was one of the reasons I developed Food Fare in the first place - it gave me a place to put all of my little "experiments" and hopefully in the process allow others to give the recipes a whirl as well.
The name "Shenanchie" is derived from the Gaelic term shenachi, which defines a bard and storyteller.
Shenanchie is also the author of several articles and research papers on the food and culture of different countries, time periods and events. Features contain bits of history, food traditions, lifestyle and dishes native to the specific country, as well as authentic recipes. In most cases, there is also a section of words and phrases in the native tongue of the subject. Research papers also include food-specific topics. Click here for more.
Since the inception of Food Fare in October 2008, the site has grown at a steady pace. What began as a personal web site with a few Irish recipes and canine treats has blossomed into a multi-paged cooking treasure trove. Recipes now number in the hundreds.
THE WRITING LIFE
Writing as Deborah O'Toole, she is the author of Celtic Remnants, a novel of enduring yet impossible love and betrayal set in the turbulence of Ireland, glamour of London and the wilds of Scotland.
She is also author of the uniquely haunting mystery/suspense novel, Mind Sweeper.
"Deidre Dalton" titles include The Advent, Quixotic Crossings, The Twain Shall Meet, Enthrallment, The Keeper's Journal, Hearts Desires, The Twilight and Megan's Legacy. The eight books are part of the Collective Obsessions Saga.
Shenanchie lives in the United States, where she continues to write and experiment with new dishes on a regular basis. Having been married three times, she prefers to share her house with a black-Labrador-mix named Rainee Gabriella and with a demonic feline of suspect Bengal-origins simply known as Kiki Alexandra.