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4.0 out of 5 stars We've had the football - now it's time for the food..., 6 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Brazilian Food (Hardcover)
As host of this summer's world cup and next year's Olympic Games, it's no surprise to see Brazil's chefs cashing in on the world's attention - so I was intrigued to see whether there was any substance behind Thiago Castanho's latest offering, "Brazilian Food".

The book is certainly beautiful, capturing the essence of Brazilian culture with its evocative photography of vibrant street food, churrascaria barbecue restaurants and amazing seafood from the rivers and Atlantic ocean.

It's also an education. As somebody with a borderline food obsession, it's rare to come across such an unexplored cuisine - my previous experience being limited to the odd caipirinha... The book is filled with dishes I've never cooked before (fish skin crackling anyone?) and ingredients I've never even heard of (jaboticaba?).

With two restaurants, including one of "Latin America's 50 best", 26 year old Thiago Castanho grew up in the Amazonian region of Brazil. This means he, and the other contributing chefs, have access to the world's most abundant larder - which is certainly more exotic than my local Sainsburys or Waitrose. Combine these unusual ingredients with a food heritage that takes from Portugese, African, Italian and Japanese cooking and the results are spectacular. Ultimately though, even a keen cook will struggle to source everything needed for these recipes - however, they will be rewarded with an insight into a truly unique cuisine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars World Class, 5 May 2014
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This review is from: Brazilian Food (Kindle Edition)
Many of the recipes featured on Andy Bates Brazilian Street Food can be found in this excellent book, plus many more. Useful tips given by the author on cooking methods and alternative easily obtainable ingredients to the native ones. Well laid out and excellent photos of all recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and colourful - just like the country!, 29 Jan. 2015
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Beautiful hardback book with colourful, embossed cover. Bought it as a gift so have not tried any of the recipes but I flicked through the pages and the photographs are plentiful, evocative and really make you want to start cooking. I noticed that some use some unusual, potentially difficult to get ingredients but I think this is part of the adventure and far preferable to a book that anglicizes and substitutes out things until the point that the recipe no longer resembles the original. When I buy a book like this I want to cook and taste the authentic flavours of the country not a pale imitation. Very tempted to buy a copy for myself!
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