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The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast
 
 

The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast [Kindle Edition]

David Leite , Nuno Correia
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Winner of the IACP 2010 Julia Child Award for First Book

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Spain, Portugal is today’s hot-spot vacation destination, and world travelers are enthralled by the unique yet familiar cuisine of this country. The New Portuguese Table takes you on a culinary journey into the soul of this fascinating nation and looks at its 11 surprisingly different historical regions, as well as the island of Madeira and the Azores, and their food culture, typical dishes, and wines. This book also showcases Portugal's pantry of go-to ingredients, such as smoked sausages, peppers, cilantro, seafood, olive oil, garlic, beans, tomatoes, and bay leaves—all beloved by Americans and now combined in innovative ways.

In The New Portuguese Table, David Leite provides a contemporary look at the flavorful food of this gastronomic region, sharing both the beloved classics he remembers from cooking at his grandmother’s side, such as Slowly Simmered White Beans and Sausage, as well as modern dishes defining the country today, like Olive Oil–Poached Fresh Cod with Roasted Tomato Sauce. With full-color photographs throughout and a contemporary perspective, The New Portuguese Table is the handbook to the exciting cuisine of Portugal.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5820 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (13 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045EOIXM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good variety 3 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book is full of tasty and easy-to-follow recipes. What I like best in the book is the variety of recipes, from main courses and loaves to liqueurs. The 'presunto and cheese loaves' resemble the 'bolas', pronounced 'bowlas', from Northern Portugal. They make lovely savoury snacks. Does anyone know of a book exclusively on 'bolas'?
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4.0 out of 5 stars good recipes 25 Jun 2013
By Lynn
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very good recipes and pictures, aimed at USA market at most recipes mention cups so would have been better with full conversions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Veru good book 2 Jan 2013
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The book was a gift, therefore I am not sure how the person found it. However, I had a quick look and it seems very interesting book.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  39 reviews
77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Because there is so much more to Portuguese food than caldo verde. 28 Aug 2009
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I can tell you that this is a beautifully photographed cookbook replete with fabulous information about Portuguese food - which is absolutely true.

Allow me to give you my reasons for recommending this cookbook above others you may be pondering.

1. There are several good solid Portuguese cookbooks that focus on traditional mainland recipes. (I have most of them.) This is the only one I know of that a) focuses on the lighter, brighter, modern flavors of Portugal, and b) addresses and gives equal weight to trends in both mainland and Azorean cuisines.

2. The recipes work. I made four recipes from the book, and all were delicious. The instructions are simple, clear, and solid. The photographs are accurate.
(The recipes for lemon-mint chicken soup, lamb meatballs, and fried cornbread alone are worth the price of the book. Don't be scared by the lemon and black olive cookies, either; they are wonderful with tea.)

3. You will not be hunting down obscure or expensive ingredients. There are some ingredients particular to Portuguese cooking which can be hard to obtain unless you live in New Bedford or the CA Central Valley. This book has something I haven not seen in any other Portuguese cookbook: an entire chapter explaining the main ingredients of Portuguese cuisine AND what commonly-available substitutes will work in the recipes. If you want the most authentic ingredients possible, a source list is included also. I live in a small town, and for the four recipes I've made so far, all ingredients were available in my local grocery.

David Leite not only knows food and Portugal, but also is a talented writer. Each recipe has a brief story that entices the cook's imagination. He also understands that food is an integral part of our identity, and - like fashion, art and music - cuisine evolves. Grandmother's kale soup may sustain and comfort us in times of duress, but each generation adds its own signature to tradition. The New Portuguese Table adds a brilliant signature.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Portuguese Cookbook for the 21st Century 18 Aug 2009
By Culinary Muse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I first saw this new cookbook it was open to a picture of fried cornmeal with kale (milho frito, p.192-193). My Grandmother made this for us every Sunday morning with poached eggs. I never knew the history of the recipe and that it is a traditional dish from her island of Madeira. I tried out the recipe this past weekend for my family and it was a hit. Easy and delicious. What I liked best about it was the addition of the ricotta cheese. Not something she would have done but it added just the right 21st Century touch. Thanks to David for bringing back such great memories and for the great information he gives with each recipe.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come for the photos, stay for the food 28 Aug 2009
By cysusie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
After I bring them home, most cookbooks take up permanent residence in the bookcase in the living room. Not this one. Once I was through savoring every word and admiring every photograph, the book landed on the kitchen counter. I've devoured the Sweet Red Pepper Jam, Portuguese Pizza and Chocolate Mousse. A fringe of sticky notes mark the recipes I can't wait to try.

I took a chance on this book since I knew almost nothing about Portugal and even less about the cuisine. The writing and the photos drew me to the book and the recipes keep me coming back for more.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Portuguese Table Cookbook 4 Sep 2009
By Monita Olive - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Anyone who has ever read any of David Leite's food writings must have hoped he had a cookbook of his own doing a slow simmer on his foodie horizon. This man has a way with words, as evidenced at his award winning web site, [...] and now he has revealed he also has a way with "slivers of whisker-thin kale" and
"slices of sausage" as well. It was just a matter of time before he served up The New Portuguese Table", and that he has now done!

Born of Portuguese immigrants and raised in the US, it wasn't until he lost his Grandmother that he begun to pay attention to the food being cooked in his Mother's home. He was concerned that when she passed on as well, so would all the Portuguese recipes he grew up enjoying. He knew he did not want that to happen so went on a quest
to watch her cook and documented her recipes.

To get in touch with his ancestral culinary heritage, he visited Portugal on vacation several times through the years before deciding to live there for a year to experience the food and the country. While becoming friends with local chefs and learning their secrets of improving old, traditional flavors with exciting new ones, he translated these techniques into how he could take his own recipes to culinary heights achievable by all cooks.

It was during that year in Portugal that his cookbook began to come together and he found that even though his mother's recipes had the same names as those he experienced in Portugal, they didn't taste quite the same. There was a food revolution going on and he was in the middle of it -- in the right place, at the right time and Leite
had the finesse to convey it to all of us in The New Portuguese Table.

The recipes he captured and preserved are excellent! We've tried several of them and I know they will become family favorites that we will make over and over again. Dishes such as his Lemon-Mint Chicken Soup, the Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Seeds, Smoked Paprika Oil, and my favorite - - Eggs Simmered in Tomato Sauce. It is a simple dish, but so full of flavor that there is a risk of it replacing some old Southern favorites as my new comfort food. The Azorean Kale, Sausage, and Bean Soup (sopa de couve) he included in the cookbook was his Mother's recipe and that alone made me want to try it. Like his Dad, we also tried it for breakfast one morning and found it to be just as flavorful, comforting and sustaining as it was at dinner the evening before.

The "to try" recipes waiting for me are Sweet Lemon and Black Olive Wafers and the Green Olive Dip. The combination of those flavors in the wafers has to be as delicious as they sound and the photo alone is enough to whet the appetite. The dip is made with milk and that intrigues me enough to try it with green olives.

Regarding the photos, The New Portuguese Table is full of engaging photos, a feature that is sure to appeal to those who like to see how the food looks when prepared. The plus here is that there are many photos of the Portuguese countryside also - an open invitation to experience the Portuguese food heritage.

Beautiful food, charming countryside, delectable recipes, great cookbook! What could be better? Volume 2? The New Portuguese Table will be as important to your cookbook collection as it is to mine!

Reviewed by Monita Olive for CookbooksEtCetera on September 3, 2009
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes To Love 20 Aug 2009
By CFJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My husband and I love to travel and Portugal is one of our favorite places to visit.
We often dream about the wonderful food of this country and finally we are able to enjoy many of the dishes we love.

Last night I made the most amazing Roasted Chicken with Potatoes from David Leite's cookbook. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it today. What I love about this book is that it is easy to follow and it wants you to stay home all day and just cook.

Finally a cookbook that would make any Portuguese person proud.
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