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Piri Piri Starfish: Portugal Found Hardcover – 7 Apr 2008
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About the Author
Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. She has lived in South Africa, London, Sydney, Athens and Mexico and is now based in Tuscany, Italy. Her cooking is influenced by her childhood experiences and a life of travel and exploration in various parts of the world. Tessa has collected and created her unique recipes over many years and continues to share special memories and moments with her readers along with wonderful, eclectic food. This is Tessa's fourth book and her previous titles are all available now from Murdoch Books.
Top Customer Reviews
From the moment the magical title enticed me into the book's pages, the understated but powerful photographs and inspiring recipes of Piri Piri*Starfish, Portugal Found transported me to the wooden tables, marble bars and tiled cafés of Portugal.
The book opens with "Gem on the edge of Europe", in which Tessa shares her appreciation for Portuguese food, and is followed by her ingredients notes, "In the Portuguese Kitchen". Richly layered collages introduce each of the book's sections, from "Essential Recipes" to "Petisco Plates", through "Starters and Soups" and "Mains and Side Plates", and concluding with "Desserts and Cakes". Some of my favorites so far are the Gaspacho a Portuguesa, the Carrot Soup, the Coffee Steak, the Piri Piri and Lemon Butter Grilled Prawns, and the many potato recipes. The much-talked-about Pastéis de Nata are as amazing as Tessa says, and the Port Ice Cream is stunning: subtle in both color and flavor.
The subdued tones of the book's photographs, as well as the intricate design details - from the font choices to the swirly motifs - give Piri Piri*Starfish a strong sense of place. The uniqueness of Tessa's books is one of the many reasons I have so enjoyed collecting her cookbooks over the years; while they all share the same high level of attention to design and production, each possesses its own distinct personality.
If you have an hour or two, put on some fado music, pour yourself a glass of something nice, and let Tessa's recipes and observations about the Portuguese and their food take you on a journey that will likely lead you to the nearest market and into the kitchen.
The layout of the book is in true Tessa Kiros style...beautiful layout and beautiful photos of most of the dishes. I've tried the Roast Octopus with Red Wine & Potatoes, it was so tasty....the Grilled Squid with Chourico & Lemon Coriander Oil....was really really good....Piri Piri oil which is always at my table, Pasteis de bacalhau (fish cakes), grilled pork chops with chourico & pancetta, stuffed squid, pineapple cake (delicious)....Piri Piri Chicken with the Tomato Rice....I have to say it was just as tasty as the rice my mum makes. All recipes are authentic and turned out amazingly. I can't wait to continue trying out the others.
Some more recipes included:
Prawns with Piri piri, Whisky & Lemon
Stuffed Squid with Chourico
Baked Pork Ribs with Orange (these were AMAZING!!!!Read more ›
After a recent visit I have now tried and tested a few of the recipes myself and they taste just like something you'd get dished up in a local restaurant - lovely, plus none of the ingredients are too obscure and so I shall be purchasing myself a copy of this book too.
Great book, if you love Portuguese food then you'll love this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Birthday present for my husband... going to enjoy having him cook some of these delicious recipes!!!!Published 13 months ago by j r findlay
Some nice recipes and gorgeous photography but my Portuguese in laws were pretty sneery about it.Published on 3 Mar. 2015 by J. Hodge
Wonderful recipes in a beautifully presented book. I have already tried several recipes and all came out great! Would highly recommend.Published on 3 Jan. 2015 by Minette Greyling
Lovely recipes and anecdotes of Portugal and a beautiful book to havePublished on 24 Aug. 2014 by Pauline Willgoose
The cover may leave you thinking this is a book on piri piri and fish, but it has much more. It even has comments on the places the author has visited in Portugal. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by Abby
I NOW HAVE ALL HER COOKERY BOOKS. THIS ONE JUST NOT AS BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL AS HER OTHERS. I AM NOT MUCH OF A COOK, BUT HER BOOKS ARE JUST BEAUTIFUL TO BROWSE THRU.Published on 22 Jun. 2013 by caz