Author(s): David Flynn
"I love The Happy Pear. Its cheery optimism is enough to make it a charming refuge ...genuinely good food that brings healthy eating in from the cold". (Irish Times). Let's face it: while we want to eat more fruit and veg and things we know are good for us, we sometimes fall short because we're not sure how to turn all that great produce into great food. Well, welcome to the Happy Pear way of eating - healthy but never worthy, easy but never dull, and packed with mind-blowing flavour, exciting texture and vibrant colour. The Happy Pear opened ten years ago when twins David and Stephen Flynn, passionate about starting a food revolution in their home town, took over their local fruit and veg shop and later opened a cafe. Their revolution has not only succeeded, but it is spreading, and The Happy Pear's fans range from young parents to pensioners, ladies-who-lunch to teens-on-the-run, Electric Picnickers to Hollywood stars. David and Stephen's first cookbook is full of irresistible recipes for everything from everyday breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to scrumptious - and yes, still wholesome! - cakes and sweet treats, to special occasion splurges.
David and Stephen also tell their story (how they transformed from jocks to hippies before finally finding their groove), share their top tips for maximizing taste and goodness in food, and explain how they've succeeded in building a food business based on flavour, health and community. "One of the funkiest eateries in the country". (Irish Independent).
Until well into their twenties, Wicklow twins, David and Stephen Flynn, were typical meat-eating, pint-swilling, girl-chasing jocks. Until - entirely independently (since one was in Vancouver and the other in Central America) - they decided to try a vegetarian diet. It transformed their lives. They went from wanting to be millionaires by the time they were thirty to wanting to make the world a better place. And they developed a passion for good food and health that was both addictive and utterly infectious. The Happy Pear cafe, shop and brand have become iconic and the brothers and their food have an ever-growing legion of fans.