Imen McDonnell is an American food writer and photographer living in rural Ireland. In a former life, she spent her days working in tv/media production while living in Minneapolis, New York and Los Angeles. She now resides on a farm in rural Ireland with her husband ans son. She shares stories of farm life and food on her popular blog, Farmette.ie, which has been featured in The New York Times, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times (UK) The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Saveur Magazine and more. Imen is currently negotiating contract terms for her first cookery book, The Farmette Cookbook, to be published by Roost Books in the USA and Ireland, autumn 2015.

1. Kitchen goodies

Currently crushing on bits and pieces of table dressings and kitchenalia from Makers & Brothers.  Especially these gorgeous Irish linen tea towels  and these colourful enamelware tumblers.

2. Love of the land

Really inspired by the innovation of Urban Farm in Dublin who are researching and demonstrating intensive urban growing techniques, growing food, keeping fowl, fish and bees on top of an old chocolate factory in the heart of Dublin city.

3. Sweet treats

Head over heels in love with the new Meringue Girls cookbook. The two London girls are convinced that cupcakes and cake pops are a thing of the past; they say it’s time for meringues to make your day. I couldn’t agree more. Especially when I think about diving into their rainbow meringue cake.

4. Film & food

It seems the hottest new trend on the international film festival circuit is FOOD. At the forefront of this movement is the Food Film Festival happening in USA. In fact, our special little film on Irish artisanal food, Small Green Fields, has been selected to screen at the 2013 festival in November.

5. Nice ice

Nobo is Ireland’s first coconut and nut milk based ice cream. We are mad for the roasted Irish strawberry flavour.  At the moment you can only get this dairy free delight at weekend markets in Dublin, but that is about to change soon! (Saturday – Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, Sunday – Peoples Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin)

Honourable mention: Super duper anxiously awaiting the arrival of autumn Irish cookery books from Lilly Higgins, Donal Skehan, Pat Whelan, and Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell!