Authentic Portuguese Cooking
My newest book goes deeper and wider into the array of real home recipes of Portuguese cooks across the sea and Portuguese immigrants in the United States, recipes that incorporate the flavors of the Mediterranean. Authentic Portuguese Cooking is meant to compliment Portuguese Homestyle Cooking, my first book of iconic Portuguese recipes, by showcasing the lesser known but still authentic dishes that are also very popular in the Portuguese culture. This book shares more non-Americanized recipes from the Azores, the island of Madeira and the Portuguese mainland that you will love to cook and savor at home. I have also included 22 of my personal creations and contemporary variations plus some updates on methods to make the task easier. Recipes are given with step-by-step detailed instructions. It is now available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy of either book, email me: email@example.com.
Portuguese Homestyle Cooking
My first book gives an overview of centuries old cultural influences on Portugal’s cuisine. It describes the ingredients common to Mediterranean countries and essential to Portuguese cooking including olive oil, onions, bay leaves, garlic, fresh coriander, paprika, chili peppers and red sweet peppers. However, the way in which the ingredients are used together makes Portuguese fare unique.
The book contains iconic recipes using nutritious legumes and leafy greens in soups and stews. Kale, fresh fennel, and baby turnip tops are a few greens that give a distinct flavor to soups; they are also shown lightly sautéed and seasoned, or mixed with rice to create a tasty side dish. Red and white kidney beans, chick-peas, pinto, and broad beans not only provide body and sustenance to soups, but make interesting accompaniments to main courses. Dishes are made with the unusual combination of meat with shellfish. The easy-to-prepare seafood dishes, luscious egg and sugar rich desserts, and the way certain spices and herbs are used to flavor these comfort foods gives this cuisine character. There are dishes vegetarians would enjoy as well. Finally, the infusion of wine and garlic flavors gives meat a comforting taste that is unmistakably Portuguese.