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Piri Piri Starfish: Portugal Found [Hardcover]

Tessa Kiros
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7 April 2008
"When Tessa Kiros takes her family to live and travel in Portugal, she is captivated by the country and charmed by the old-fashioned way of doing things. Portugal has everything she loves; the markets, the sea and the beautiful old pousadas, but she would have gone for the pasteis de nata alone. In Piri Piri Starfish: Portugal Found, Tessa embroiders the recipes, traditions and Portuguese way of living together with her own unique colours and threads."

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740459091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740459099
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four, and at the age of 18, Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world's cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London's The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food she met her husband Giovanni, and now lives in Tuscany.

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About the Author

Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was four, and at the age of 18, Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world's cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London's The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food she met her husband Giovanni, and now lives in Tuscany.

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portugal Found....... 11 April 2008
By Mimi
Format:Hardcover
In my opinion Portuguese food still hasn't been truly discovered, it's always been a hidden gem (maybe there's a small chance of this review being biast as I have a Portuguese mother and a Brazilian father) but still, Portuguese food is something that's always been so personal to me, given me comfort. I always thought it might be just me who had been so deeply in love with Portugal and it's culture....after reading Piri piri starfish I see I'm not alone(there are more of us out there!!) Being raised in a family where food is everything ...my first real memory was seeing my mother soaking salt fish (bacalhau) smelling the onions, garlic, tomatoes, piri piri chillies, & coriander frying in a big pot with olive oil.(it was heavenly). This book truly captures how magical Portuguese food is.

The layout of the book is in true Tessa Kiros style...beautiful layout and beautiful photos of most of the dishes. I've tried the Roast Octopus with Red Wine & Potatoes, it was so tasty....the Grilled Squid with Chourico & Lemon Coriander Oil....was really really good....Piri Piri oil which is always at my table, Pasteis de bacalhau (fish cakes), grilled pork chops with chourico & pancetta, stuffed squid, pineapple cake (delicious)....Piri Piri Chicken with the Tomato Rice....I have to say it was just as tasty as the rice my mum makes. All recipes are authentic and turned out amazingly. I can't wait to continue trying out the others.

Some more recipes included:
Prawns with Piri piri, Whisky & Lemon
Seafood Rice
Stuffed Squid with Chourico
Baked Pork Ribs with Orange (these were AMAZING!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Piri Piri Starfish: Portugal Found

From the moment the magical title enticed me into the book's pages, the understated but powerful photographs and inspiring recipes of Piri Piri*Starfish, Portugal Found transported me to the wooden tables, marble bars and tiled cafés of Portugal.

The book opens with "Gem on the edge of Europe", in which Tessa shares her appreciation for Portuguese food, and is followed by her ingredients notes, "In the Portuguese Kitchen". Richly layered collages introduce each of the book's sections, from "Essential Recipes" to "Petisco Plates", through "Starters and Soups" and "Mains and Side Plates", and concluding with "Desserts and Cakes". Some of my favorites so far are the Gaspacho a Portuguesa, the Carrot Soup, the Coffee Steak, the Piri Piri and Lemon Butter Grilled Prawns, and the many potato recipes. The much-talked-about Pastéis de Nata are as amazing as Tessa says, and the Port Ice Cream is stunning: subtle in both color and flavor.

The subdued tones of the book's photographs, as well as the intricate design details - from the font choices to the swirly motifs - give Piri Piri*Starfish a strong sense of place. The uniqueness of Tessa's books is one of the many reasons I have so enjoyed collecting her cookbooks over the years; while they all share the same high level of attention to design and production, each possesses its own distinct personality.

If you have an hour or two, put on some fado music, pour yourself a glass of something nice, and let Tessa's recipes and observations about the Portuguese and their food take you on a journey that will likely lead you to the nearest market and into the kitchen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like food, you'll love this book 17 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought Piri Piri Starfish: Portugal Found as a birthday present for a friend who spends part of each year in Portugal. The book has turned out to be her favourite recipe book, and I have now bought my own copy because I was so impressed with the recipes, I nearly didn't give it to my friend! Besides being visually stunning, the recipes are simple to follow and trustworthy ... the finished results have all been excellent. I can highly recommend this book to food lovers! I think that Tessa Kiros must be an amazing cook.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful culinary voyage 19 April 2008
By paulito
Format:Hardcover
As someone who is Portuguese it's hard not to be taken away to the cake shops and restaurants of Portugal whilst flicking through the pages of this book. This book feels, tastes and smells like Portugal. The recipes are all authentic and each new page brings with it a new set of directions for making mouthwatering traditional Portuguese cuisine. From seafood to the addictive pasteis de nata, Tessa Kiros has created a book filled with beautiful photographs and enticing and easy to make recipes. This book introduces you to the warm and friendly nature that is Portugal and the culture of its people. Live to eat! Don't eat to live.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about Portugal's food 14 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
Portugal's cuisine is not as famous as that of its neighbour, Spain, nor that of Italy or France. It is a simple, humble way of dealing with local ingredients : seafood, the omnipresent bacalhau (salt cod), sardines, chouriço sausage are the main players here. It is honest but tasty, heartwarming and sunny.
Tessa Kiros manages to capture the essence of the food, with a lot of affection for the land and its people, who shine through in the snippets of her travelogue.
This book may not be as eye-catching as her previous two, its colour theme being much more subdued (grey-blue), but it brings back memories of my own travels to that thankfully still mostly undiscovered country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confusing title but good recipes
The cover may leave you thinking this is a book on piri piri and fish, but it has much more. It even has comments on the places the author has visited in Portugal. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Abby
3.0 out of 5 stars TESSA KIROS
I NOW HAVE ALL HER COOKERY BOOKS. THIS ONE JUST NOT AS BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL AS HER OTHERS. I AM NOT MUCH OF A COOK, BUT HER BOOKS ARE JUST BEAUTIFUL TO BROWSE THRU.
Published 10 months ago by carol wickow
5.0 out of 5 stars A portuguese opinion ...
I got this book a few days ago I knew the english version but I was surprised when the other day I found the same book translated to portuguese. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Teresa Chagas
4.0 out of 5 stars --Overall WELL worth the money!! --
This is a great book for any lover of Portuguese food. It's probably worth the price just for the Piri-Piri recipes :)

Having spent some years living in Portugal as a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Seanaway
4.0 out of 5 stars Most used cookery book!
I own many cookery books, and most are for inspiration. However, this has to be one of the most used books on my shelf- we cannot get enough of these recipes! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bumblebee
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying
Lovely book nice presentation easy to follow recipes also good that the author talks about the areas she has seen in Portugal
Published 19 months ago by Helenk
4.0 out of 5 stars More than Piri-Piri
The title suggests piri-piri fish dishes but the book has other main course recipes, desserts, cakes. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by Pat Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great looking book, great tasting food!
Having personally knocked up many of the wonderful recipes from the Apples for Jam book I saw this one and snapped it up as a gift for my Mum to be kept at her apartment in... Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by CHEM83
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks good, but lacking a little
I like this book, which I bought recently and look forward to cooking some of the great food it describes. Read more
Published on 9 May 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars After all, they created Port!
One has to have been to Portugal to like this book, because its recipes are bland as is Portuguese food to the outsider. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2010 by Jonas S. Mathiesen
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