Rachel's Favorite Food for Living

"Irish cooking queen" Rachel Allen delivers more easy-to-make recipes and helpful tips for the time-strapped home cook. In Rachel's Favorite Food for Living, the chef, lifestyle TV host, cookbook author and mother of three concentrates on the kinds of food whose smells and tastes evoke special memories. She draws inspiration for her dishes from some of life's happiest moments: falling in love over a romantic meal, making bread with our grandmother, enjoying Sunday dinners with our families or gathering with girlfriends to discuss the finer points of chocolate. As with her first public television series, Rachel's Favorite Food at Home, some of Rachel’s recipes feature her take on international delicacies like Aztec soup, squid salad and mussels, Greek almond crescents and more.

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Bistro Food

Episode #101 · Host Rachel Allen learns to make a classic French onion soup at a local restaurant, Isaac's. In her own kitchen, she whips up steak, chips (French fries) and Bearnaise sauce, chicken and puy lentil salad and a lemon tart.


Episode #102 · A romantic at heart, host Rachel Allen suggests some exotic dishes to cook for someone special on that all-important first date or a milestone wedding anniversary. Recipes include: buttered lobster, spicy rack of lamb and 'mocha kisses', and crumbly, delicious biscuits.

Soul Food

Episode #103 · Host Rachel Allen prepares her ideal comfort foods: Italian baked pancakes, chickpea and chorizo soup, and white chocolate and raspberry brownies.

Sunday Lunch

Episode #104 · A friend invites Rachel Allen to cook a "grown-up" Sunday lunch, which includes slow-cooked shoulder of lamb and piperonata (peppers and onions), broccoli with garlic and lemon, chocolate amoretti cake


Episode #105 · In this episode, host Rachel Allen cooks with a busy cook's go-to ingredient: fish. Recipes include: Bretonne prawns, squid salad and mussels.

Childhood Memories

Episode #106 · The smell or taste of a particular food can evoke cherished childhood memories. At Ballymaloe Cooking School in County Cork, host Rachel Allen watches Myrtle Allen, the grand-dame of Irish country house cooking, prepare a favorite dish of generations of children: Ballymaloe balloons. Back in her own kitchen, Rachel cooks her mother's roast chicken with stuffing, lemonade and white chocolate buns.

Holiday Memories

Episode #107 · Host Rachel Allen recreates some memorable dishes she enjoyed on vacation, including Zac's Aztec soup, baked fish, basil and prawn pate, and pannacotta.


Episode #108 · Host Rachel Allen dedicates an entire episode to one of her favorite foods - chocolate. Later, she prepares a white chocolate mousse, hazelnut and caramel bars, and a cappuccino torte.

Afternoon Tea

Episode #109 · Formal afternoon tea is enjoying a revival. In this episode, host Rachel Allen makes a few of her tea-time favorites: scones and blueberry jam, afternoon tea cake, Greek almond crescents and chocolate melting moments.

Pub Food

Episode #110 · At home, host Rachel Allen re-creates pub-food classics like leek and potato soup, chicken Kiev and sticky chocolate pudding with toffee sauce.

Good Fast Food

Episode #111 · Host Rachel Allen transforms typically greasy fast food dishes into healthy, family-friendly fare. Recipes include: home-made pizza, spicy chicken wings, burgers with guacamole and cheese croquettes.

Pleasure Without The Guilt

Episode #112 · Asian cuisine provides fantastic flavor without the use of fats or dairy products. Host Rachel Allen visits the English Market in Cork, Ireland to buy ingredients for crab and prawn soup and Korean beef.


Episode #113 · Host Rachel Allen re-creates a trio of sophisticated restaurant dishes at home. Recipes: salad with beetroot, goat cheese and toasted hazelnuts; baked black sole with Champagne sauce with clams and julienne of vegetables; and the Russian dessert, pavlova.