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Portugal, as much as Portuguese cooking, is the subject of this book, which is enlivened by veteran food writer (coauthor of The NEW Doubleday Cookbook Anderson's familiarity with the country's people, regions, rivers and markets. A lengthy glossary in the introductory section notwithstanding, the narrative is buoyed by historical notes, reminiscences and tips on the best inns and restaurants in Portugal. When Portuguese is used in the recipes, the English translation is also included, thereby precluding the necessity of making frequent reference to the glossary, a mild annoyance with many ethnic cookbooks. The recipes depend on simple ingredients, often in unusual combinations ("pork and clams may sound like a new low in surf 'n' turf dinners, but it is in fact a Portuguese classic"), subtly seasoned with olive oil, bay, tomatoes, garlic and the spices of the East introduced to Portugal by explorer Vasco da Gama at the turn of the 16th century. Meat, fish and chicken, often marinated, and soups are emphasized. In the interests of health and ingredient availability, some traditional Portuguese dishesmany egg sweets and lampreys, or fat eel, delicacieshave been omitted. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The winner of five best cookbook awards (Tastemaker, James Beard, IACP) and a member of the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame, Jean Anderson writes for Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Cottage Living, Gourmet, More, and other national publications. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Although I have the original hard-cover edition - purchased in 1986 - I continue to give this wonderful book as a gift to friends and family who enjoy Portuguese food. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Last year purchased for my sister and brother as a Christmas gift. Our parents moved from Portugal to California in 1968. Read morePublished 12 months ago by maria borges
This is a great book! Traditional tastes of Portugal that I remember from my many stops there. Every cook should have this book!Published 15 months ago by Mac Talbert
Great item with lot of information regarding Portugal traditions and gastronomy.
Excellent condition and lots of recipes to enjoy in standard measures (pounds and ounces).
Anderson's book is more than a cookbook. Her essays sprinkled into the recipes are as tasty as the recipes she leads you through, step by step. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Elizabeth Varadan