In Six at the Table, regular contributor to RTE Sunday Miscellany Sheila Maher tells the story of her childhood through meals shared around the kitchen table - and occasionally from the boot of the car on long family trips - and celebrates the central role that the food lovingly prepared by her mother played in her younger years.
Exotic Lilt and exploding Moondust have their thrills, but it is her mother's Sunday roasts, steak and kidney pies and home-made Jaffa cakes that create the regular and comforting rhythm of Sheila's life and of the rest of her boisterous family.
From sliced egg and cold ham salad on summer days to the milk puddings that mark the passage of the winter weeks, packets of Tayto, Campbell meatballs and the fascination with Sodastream, Six at the Table is a nostalgic journey through an Irish childhood in the 1970s, when uniforms were itchy, porridge stuck to your ribs, and Cidona felt like the height of sophistication.
Sheila Maher was born in Dublin in 1970, educated at her local convent school and went on to become a lecturer in Marketing at Dun Laoghaire Vocational Education Community. Over 20of Sheila's pieces have been broadcast on RTE Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany, which attracts 220,000 listeners each week. Sheila lives in Dublin with her husband Diarmaid Ferriter and their three children. Six at the Table is Sheila's first book.