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Portuguese Homestyle Cooking [Kindle Edition]

Ana Patuleia Ortins
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Everyone loves Mediterranean food. But how many of us are familiar with genuine Portuguese cooking, a melange of Mediterranean, mountain, and Atlantic coast influences? The abundant use of legumes and leafy greens in its hearty soups and stews. The unusual combinations of meat and shellfish. The wine and garlic marinated casseroles. The simple seafood preparations. Luscious egg-sweet desserts. Fresh herb bread. It's all part of the rich and tasty tapestry that Ana Ortins, a passionate Portuguese cook, dishes up in this opulent volume.

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Startlingly delicious...superb...Ortin's meticulously assembled collection should be widely welcomed...liberally interspersed with words of wisdom from her 'Pai' and classic tidbits of folklore...extremely thorough, addressing not only mainland cooking but Portuguese-American variations and the distinctive styles of the Azores islands...Though often built from just a few ingredients, Ortin's recipes usually yield spectacular results.... Longer more complicated recipes are just as rewarding. --The Boston Globe

Lavishly photographed tribute to the dishes of Portugal...charming anecdotes are interspersed throughout the book. She is an astute observer of details, carefully describing how her ingredients should feel, smell and look, rather than simply listing their quantities. Many of the recipes show off the spectacular flavors of a frugal, delicious and easily prepared. More elaborate recipes are lucidly broken down into straightforward, almost foolproof steps. Thorough in scope as well as technique, Ortins covers every imaginable facet of Portuguese cooking...Anyone who has ever enjoyed Portuguese cooking and longed to make it at home will find this an indispensable guide. --Publishers Weekly

There are few good books on Portuguese food, making Ortins's new cookbook especially welcome.... Although the cuisines of Portugal and Spain are often treated together, Portuguese cooking has its own identity, and most libraries will want this work. --Library Journal

For the Portuguese, family, friends and food are inseparable...Ortins introduces readers to what she calls 'the melting pot cuisine of Europe....Portuguese sailors were the first Europeans to develop trade routes and the first to bring back spices and products from other lands.' This book is for [people] of Portuguese descent who never got to watch their mothers cook but want to pass their culture on to their children. --The Boston Herald

Beautiful colour photographs show off such delicious recipes as light and zesty Caldo Verde (Green Broth Soup), hearty Feijoado (Bean and Sausage Stew) and more. --Bookpaper

A work of a Portuguese descendant who uncovered the Portuguese gastronomy in the family and the community from which it was created...Ana Patuleia Ortins created a book of flavors and is not limited to bringing together the traditional recipes of Caldo Verde and Kale Soup...or the codfish pastries and fish stew of Graçiosa. It went further in describing the smoked sausages, legumes, spices...More than a book of Portuguese cooking, it is a book about the homecooking of a Portuguese community in the United States... describing for example the vinaigrette of cousin Evelyn Ortins Cunha or the rice pudding of Isaura Nogeira, the homemade wine of Graçiosian Manuel Silva and his wife Maria, or the sangria of the popular restaurante Atasca owners Joe and Maria Cerqueira in Cambridge...Portuguese Homestyle Cooking is a beautiful book for those interested in Portuguese gastronomy. It is not only cooking with flavor but with love. --Portuguese Times

The mysteries of Portuguese cooking have been unlocked...This is as authentic as you can get this side of the Atlantic. --Lynn Daily (MA)

Authentic Portuguese recipes, prepared as they are in a Portuguese home. --Peabody Weekly

From the Author

True Portuguese cooking is shared with detailed recipes.
Wanting to share the true unAmericanized Portuguese food I grew up on, my book introduces you to the soul-comforting, understated flavorful dishes in easy to follow steps and standardized measurements. Azorean and mainland Portuguese dishes include Pork with Clams, Fisherman's Stew, Meringue Puddings,breads,cheese, sausages, desserts, wines, color photos and much more--E-mail me with questions or comments.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13470 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY AUTHENTIC!!!!! 8 Jan. 2004
By Mimi
I've been trying to find a good Portuguese cook book for such a long time, it's not so easy to find here in the UK. Growing up in a house with a Portuguese mother and alot of traditional Portuguese food being cooked...I've grown to love and appreciate the comfort of real Portuguese cookery. I've tried a number of the recipes in this book.. Clams Cataplana, Codfish cakes, Salt cod Gomes de Sa-Style, Shrimp Portuguese style, stewed chicken, roasted chicken with garlic, marinated beefsteaks and the traditonal Bean & Sausage stew (feijoada) and all have been delicious and very authentic, and reminds me of my visits to Portugal as a child and coming home from school to the smell of my mothers cooking. If your looking for what Portuguese food is really all about, then I would say that this is your book. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have!!!!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 18 Feb. 2008
By S. Rees
im a total portuguese nut - love the place. been going back and fore there now for quite soem time. have always tried to get recipes etc for their magnificent food, but always failed
upon aquiring this book, i wasnt expecting anything special - how wrong was i? this is the most informative cookbook i have ever read. and the recipes are superb
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not without its faults. 29 Dec. 2009
My Madeiran girlfriend and I had been looking for a Portuguese cookbook as a present for me for some time. The recipes are authentic all right but the book has two major faults: 1. The quality of ALL of the photographs contained in the book (front cover excepted) is terrible (blurred, overexposed etc) and does nothing to make the food look even OK. 2. It has too many Americanisms - quantities measured in cups and quarts etc; varieties of potatoes (important ingredient in Portuguese cooking) which are not widely available in Britain (eg: Maine, Yukon Gold, Prince Edward Island, Red Bliss etc).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for 3 Mar. 2010
By AnnieD
I'd been looking around for a little while for a good Portuguese cookery book written in English. All of the ones I'd picked up in bookshops and leafed through, seemed to contain overly complicated recipes of dishes I'd never even heard of. I've been living in Lisbon for over a year now, with a wonderful Portuguese family who are passionate about food. Everything is home-made (and lot of the fresh ingredients are home-grown) and I've eaten some of the nicest food I have ever tasted. I was a little nervous about ordering the book over the internet without having seen the recipes first, but the reason I chose this one is because the author has a Portuguese name (always a good sign!!) and the title was "homestyle". I am pleased to say that I am thrilled with it. It has every single one of the recipes in it that I was after, including soups and deserts, and it even has a recipe for Pasteis de Nata! The book is well designed in that the lay-out of each recipe means that it is clear and easy to follow, the book opens easily on a worktop and stays on the right page (well, the paperback one does anyway!) without the need for a weighted book stand, and it comes with some additional information about the ingredients, and Portuguese food and culture in general. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who is looking for recipes for traditional, uncomplicated but delicious Portuguese food.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portuguese homestyle cooking 11 July 2009
Fab book. All the traditional recipes i was looking for can be found here with good pictures and clear instructions. The only problem I have now is which delicious dish to try next!
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