Hardcover: 394 pages
Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Expanded edition (December 14, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #882,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #40 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > Portuguese
The entire Portuguese-speaking world is embraced under one cover in an unusual cookbook which covers Portugal and its colonies alike. From Brazil and Cape Verde to Goa and Portugal, chapters survey different regions in addition to offering recipes unique to that region. The blend of culinary history and recipe is outstanding, making for an excellent pick for any library strong in international cuisines and history.Diane C. DonovanCalifornia Bookwatch
This is a GREAT cookbook with a touch of history thrown in as an extra treat before each chapter. Richly photographed and very interesting to browse. I bought six of these, and gave all but one away to relatives. We are of Portuguese/Chinese/South East Asian ancestry, and recognized many recipes, even those from Africa and Portugal itself. I am a herbivore, but found many recipes here that met my culinary and cultural needs. My relatives are carnivores (okay, one may be an omnivore) and they loved the more meaty treats in here. Even I was moved reading about these dishes, remembering them from childhood.
Purchased this for my mother as a gift. My wife's family is Brazilian, and we are both historians. The book is a very nice combination of recipes and history. The book itself is well produced. This is a cook book with many recipes, but they all look good and none are overly complicated. Many other cook books with Brazilian recipes require ingredients that are hard to find. That is not the case here, though the dishes do not seem any less authentic because of that. Would recommend it to anyone who has been to a Portuguese-speaking country and enjoyed the food, or anyone who wants to cook something different.
this cookbook is excellent because it tells you the food history and short anthropological perspective behind the recipes. Each chapter is divided from each country and how the Portuguese influenced their food culture. Of course, trade is a big step for spices, chilies to spread across these countries through the sea or land. The index has both Portuguese and English languages. I would recommend this as a gift or if you're interested in cooking for friends and family.
Recipes are really hit or miss. I don't think there is anything wrong with the recipes it's just some have a cumbersome flavor. Especially the ones out of Africa. But I would suggest getting it if you want to try new things.4 stars because I wish it had a picture for most recipes. The only improvement I could see.
Very interesting and unique cookbook . Each recipe is simple to prepare and delicious. Only problem is finding some of the ingredients like manioc flour and palm oil in my area. Will probably have to look online or substitute some of ingredients.
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