Offaly twins help Alzheimer Society launch new cookbook

'A Taste To Remember has been launched'

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly twins help Alzheimer Society launch new cookbook

Offaly twin sisters Nell and Dina Watkins

Offaly twin sisters Nell and Dina Watkins have helped the Alzheimer Society of Ireland mark World Alzheimer’s Day with the launch of a new collectable cookbook ‘A Taste to Remember.'

The book features recipes from people with dementia, family members, volunteers and our staff. Nell and Dina are featured with Dina's recipe for Spotted Dick. The Birr sister remember their father making the delicious treat in the 1940s when sweets and sugar for kids were in short supply.

PICTURED: Nell and Dina with their Spotted Dick recipe for the 'Taste to Remember' cookbook

The book also features recipes from leading Irish chefs including Darina Allen, Clodagh McKenna, Catherine Fulvio and Simon Delaney.

World Alzheimer’s Day 2018 is an opportunity to spare a thought for the thousands of families living with dementia in Ireland today. This cookbook perfectly illustrates their reality – sharing meals, stories and memories together in good times and bad. The personal stories in this book describe family and friends and how in society we must all support each other.

This cookbook offers people a platform to allow awareness-building and perception-changing of dementia, given that a lack of understanding and stigma is still rife. Having people speak about their own lives and experiences creates a better understanding of the unique experiences of people living with dementia.

People from all around Ireland were invited to share a precious recipe that reminded them of their childhood or a special time and place and a revealing story behind the recipe.

World Alzheimer’s Month in September is an opportunity to build understanding about a health issue that will affect more and more people as the years pass, while encouraging crucial efforts to support those already affected by dementia around the world.

The campaign creates a public awareness about how countries can dramatically increase care and support for, and awareness and diagnosis, research and treatment of dementia.

It is estimated that there are 55,000 people with dementia in Ireland and for every one person with dementia three others are directly affected and the number of people with dementia is expected to more than double over the next 20 years to 113,000 in 2036.

There are approximately 4,000 new cases of dementia annually in Ireland.

The book will be available in bookshops nationwide and the can also be ordered online via

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland CEO, Pat McLoughlin said: “We are very excited to launch this unique and beautiful cookbook which is packed with personal, mouth-watering recipes and memorable stories from people with dementia, families, staff and volunteers of The Alzheimer Society."

“The book is packed with fantastic and interesting recipes and they offer a secret window into people’s experience, values and personality. In fact, recipes, handed down from generation to generation, are little social histories. Memory triggers. Every recipe has a hidden love story. Food gives us physical and social sustenance. And stories are the nutrition of life and conversation. People will be physically nourished and emotionally enriched.”