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My Portugal: Recipes and Stories Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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Mendes presents "modernized" takes on classical Portugese cooking here, although some of the basics like caldo verde are left the same. He has gone to substantial trouble to ensure that everything is accessible for the home chef. The layout of each recipe is clear and easy to follow. The instructions are concise but very precise, and measurements are given by cup and the metric system. Each recipe starts with a few sentences of introduction and a special equipment section (if required). Additionally, every recipe requiring special equipment has a variation at the bottom for how the dish can be made without the "elevation".
I love that Mendes gives a double set of instructions, so that I can choose to make the fancy version of bacalhau à brás (as an example) requiring special kitchen equipment (siphon with an NO₂ converter) or the same dish more simply. It looks like there are a few places where there is not an explicit note, but workarounds are stated directly in the instructions (as with the duck rice). It is a bit of a shame that he suggests discarding the chicken breast meat because it gets too dry and stringy for the canja, but I'm sure I can think of my own workaround.Read more ›
He covers all the bases. There are simple preparations that you will find in every Portuguese kitchen and you will also find sophisticated, restaurant quality dishes designed to impress even the most discriminating palate.
Having traveled to Portugal for years, being a fan of Portuguese food, I had a mental checklist in mind before I opened the book. Chef George Mendes nailed it.
Whether you are an avid fan of Portuguese food or you like soulful cooking with finesse, this is a great book to not just add to your collection, but to keep at your fingertips.
Senhor Mendes muito obrigado por nos ter dado esta maravilha de um livro.