With both the World Cup and Summer Olympics coming to Brazil this is a timely reminder that Brazil has a fair bit more to offer the world than a passion for sport, mardi gras and wearing minimal clothing for most occasions. This then is a book on `comidia de rua' or street food. Similar to pizza in Italy wherever the weather is nice you tend to get more street vendors who are often cheap, cheerful and using local ingredients to their fullest potential, this is the case in sunny Brazil.
This book comes in a number of parts, the first being an introduction to Brazil, which although welcome probably is not needed for what is essentially a recipe book, however it helps to contextualise the attitude behind the food. Part 1 proper is all about street food, part 2 is dedicated to party dishes, part 3 salads, side dishes and soups and deserts and drinks are taken care of in part 4. I do like how authors Rick Allen and Bill Candeias have explained where the influences for the food have come from this explains the `melting pot' of Brazilian cuisine - no pun intended. Personal fave is `Brazilian Churros' dead simple and dead tasty. Little chicken thighs are another nice treat and the instructions and ingredients are all laid out in an accessible form that is very easy to follow. There are also helpful photos throughout the book, which not only show the finished product but also how to make the product in some instances.
For the more hardy adventurer you could try `Torresmo Crocante', which although it sounds a bit exotic is actually a Brazilian take on pork scratchings. Then that could be followed up by the delightfully sounding (and tasting) `Churrasquinho' this translates as BBQ meat on a stick; if serving this at a party I would not go with the translation if I were you.
In the party food section there are loads more recipes to get your taste buds going from pork ribs, Milanese Beef Steaks and even spaghetti with sea food. Speaking of which prawns here are referred to as shrimp for those of you non Stateside dwellers. The salad section is actually really good and most of the ingredients will be easy to source. The recipes also tell you how many servings you will get from the suggested amounts, so if you need to make more it is pretty straight forward to work out what you actually need. All in all a really well presented and easy to follow book that will hopefully bring a bit of Rio sunshine to your meal times.