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Ulster chef sells 1 million cookery books in France - Trish Deseine tops bestseller list

Meet the Northern Irish chef who is trying to teach the French to love our food.

Co Antrim born Trish Deseine has already sold over 1 million cookery books in the country that invented gastronomy and now she has launched Mon Irelande, showcasing recipes and ingredients from the place where she was born.

She told The Telegraph: “I know it’s a very difficult thing to do but I love doing difficult things. A lot of the earlier books I wrote for a French audience have a lot of Irish and British touches, so this is really just a step further.”

She has become a household name in France and has released 12 cookbooks, including Je Veux du Chocolat, which was translated into 9 languages and sold over 400 000 copies.

Her new book, which was released under the name ‘Home’ in the UK, showcases home baking as well as the traditional staples of bacon, cabbage and mackerel.

The award-winning food writer grew up as Patricia Brown in Doagh, near Ballyclare on her father Herbert's beef farm.

The mother of four moved to west Cork in 2012 after the break-up of her marriage to a Frenchman she met in London, while working for the fashion retailer, French Connection.

Although she is now based in the Republic of Ireland for most of the year, she often returns to her roots in the North.

Earlier this year, she presented a BBC NI series showcasing food from around the province and she is now preparing another series in the Autumn.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph earlier this year, she said: "It has been fascinating for me, having lived in France for so long, to come back and make these programmes. My mission was to encourage everyone I met to develop a consciousness about where to shop for food, and it succeeded."

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