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Brazil: A Culinary Journey (Hippocrene Cookbook Library) [Kindle Edition]

Cherie Hamilton
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Book Description

More than a cookbook, Brazil: A Culinary Journey explains how Amerindian, European, and African contributions have come together to form modern Brazilian cookery. The indigenous inhabitants contributed products native to the land, such as corn, cassava, and fish. The Portuguese settlers incorporated native techniques and ingredients, and introduced Portuguese staples, including sausages, olive oil, and wine. The culinary traditions were further fused with the introduction of such ingredients as palm oil and okra brought with African slaves in the twentieth century. European immigration yielded pasta and German pastries.

The largest nation in South America, Brazil is home to vast rain forests, pristine tropical beaches, the Amazon River, and one of the region's most interesting cuisines. The recipes presented in Brazil: A Culinary Journey provide a glimpse into the surprisingly diverse repertoire of Brazilian cooking, from the heavily African-influenced cuisine of the Northeast to the Southern cookery, which has been shaped by European immigration. More than 130 recipes range from Feijoada, Brazil's national dish of beans, rice, and various meats (in its many regional variations), to lesser-known dishes, such as Shrimp and Bread Pudding, Crab Soup, and Banana Brittle. Complete with b/w illustrations, photographs, and maps.

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About the Author

Cherie Hamilton has lived and traveled extensively throughout the Portuguese-speaking world. She developed a love for Brazilian cooking while living in Salvador, Brazil in the 1960s. Hamilton is also the author of Cuisines of Portuguese Encounters (Hippocrene Books, 2001) and a revised Portuguese-language version of this book, O Sabor da Lusófonia: Encontro de Culturas (Editora Senac Sao Paulo, 2004). She holds a dual degree in cultural anthropology and business administration. Hamilton currently resides with her husband in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4739 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; illustrated edition edition (June 30, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030P1WBI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book! October 25, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Don't buy this book! First off, even though the book was published in 2005, it lists Amapá, Rondônia, Roraima, and Tocantins as territories. Amapá became a state in 1991; Rondônia in 1982; Roraima in 1988; and Tocatins in 1989. The book is divided into cuisines from the various Brazilian regions. I have been associated with Brazil since 1966, and am currently a permanent resident. Strangely, I never heard of most of the obscure dishes listed in this book, which omits some of the most popular regional dishes. I wager that 90% of Brazilians never heard of most of these dishes. I live in São Paulo, which has restaurants representing all different parts of Brazil, and frankly, I have not seen but few of these dishes on restaurant menus.

Most of the recipes serve from 8 to 12 persons. Thus, they can only be prepared for a large dinner party! I read cook books all the time, and rarely do they list recipes for such a large number of people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting facts and delicious recipes! February 22, 2008
By Momof4
This cookbook entices both your mind and your taste buds! Delicious, easy-to-make recipes with straight forward instructions. A "must have" for your international cookbook collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Cookbook April 17, 2008
Such a great cookbook. It gives you an historical perspective on Brazilian cuisine. The recipes are easy and delicious! Viva Brasil :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Efficient October 20, 2007
I liked this book because it is very simple and easy. Besides, in the back there are a list of addresses where it is possible to find the "exoctics" ingredients. Very useful!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price November 2, 2011
By Paul
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I lived in various cities near Sao Paulo for nearly two years and I am completely unfamiliar with many of the recipees. Granted Brazil is huge and each region has their own cuisines. The book tries to encompass too much of Brazil - I wish it just focused on a specific region.
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