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 cuisine...cheap, 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 knowledge...it 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.