The Food and Cooking of Portugal

The Food and Cooking of Portugal

Traditions, Ingredients, Tastes, Techniques, 65 Classic Recipes

Book - 2007
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Portugal's culinary traditions and favourite recipes change with the landscape, from the north to the south of the country and from the sea border to the rugged, mountainous interior. The historic diet is based around wholesome, robust meals for farming labourers and fishermen: it draws on fresh, local ingredients from the regions and receives strong influences from the Mediterranean, the mountains and from the extensive Atlantic coastline. The opening of the book provides an enlightening overview of the history, influences and essential ingredients of the cuisine, its colourful heritage and the main aspects and signature points of Portuguese cooking today. Chapters follow on Starters & Side Dishes, Soups, Fish & Shellfish, Meat & Fowl, and Desserts & Sweets. The recipe chapters contain a selection of over 60 delicious dishes that reflect and represent the varied flavours of Portugal and feature ingredients such as leafy greens, garlic, sheeps? milk cheese, pork sausages, spider crab, wild mushrooms, chestnuts and almonds. For each recipe there are step by step instructions, cook's tips, and a glorious finished picture so the cook will know exactly what they are aiming to achieve. Recipe highlights include the refreshing taste of the appetiser Tomato Salad with Marinated Peppers and Oregano, the warming Chestnut and White Bean Soup from the northern Minho region, the dry salted cod Bacalhau served with potato mash gratin, the smooth-tasting Roast Pork Ribs with Milhos (polenta) and the irresistible winter treat of Fried Bread with Port Sauce. With an exciting and informative text and authentic recipes by award-winning nationally-recognized Portuguese chef Miguel de Castro e Silva, this unique volume is also packed with over 250 sumptuous colour photographs illustrating ingredients, techniques, and the finished dishes. Introducing familiar and unexpected flavours of the Mediterranean, a variety of traditional and comforting artisan dishes and more sophisticated recipes interpreted with an imaginative, elegant, modern twist, this beautiful book is undoubtedly destined to become the cook's kitchen bible for the cuisine of Portugal.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Aquamarine, c2007
ISBN: 9781903141434
Branch Call Number: 641.59469 CAS
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill. ; 29 cm

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Letiza
May 09, 2009

It wasn't what I expected. Although it had some interesting recipes, overall it was a bit on the gourmet side and I was looking for an everyday, type of meal. Also for the meat section he introduced some really weird meat and didn't offer any substitution suggestions.

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