Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Save: $9.98 (29%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
My Portugal: Recipes and ... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Item is in Good condition: Item shows minor signs of wear and / or use but is completely intact and usable as intended. Please email us with any condition questions
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 12 images

My Portugal: Recipes and Stories Hardcover – October 7, 2014

4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$25.02
$18.07 $15.95

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$25.02 FREE Shipping. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • My Portugal: Recipes and Stories
  • +
  • The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast
  • +
  • Authentic Portuguese Cooking: More Than 185 Classic Mediterranean-Style Recipes of the Azores, Madeira and Continental Portugal
Total price: $71.94
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

“One of my favorite chefs has at last written a delicious tome that evokes the delicate balance between fantasy travel to the western Mediterranean and local farming in the USA. The poetic recipes and the mellifluous prose inspire me to shop, to sing fados, and to celebrate and cook these alternately exotic and recognizable simple and evocative dishes for my family. This book makes me hungry for a visit to both Aldea in NYC and the Algarve [in Portugal] and will immediately join my kitchen library on the ‘use now and forever’ shelf.”
(Mario Batali, chef/entrepreneur)

“I have long admired George’s thoughtful, evocative cooking at Aldea. The stories and recipes in My Portugal show the passion, warmth, and generosity of spirit that make his food so delicious.”
(Daniel Patterson, chef of Coi Restaurant in San Francisco)

“George is a creative genius whose culinary talent shines through each and every one of his dishes. His passion and love for Portuguese cuisine is inspiring  and evident in all that he does! His recipes are simply delicious and will leave readers with a strong appreciation for Portugal and its cuisine!”
(Eric Ripert, chef of Le Bernardin in New York City)

“George is an amazing chef, and we share the common approach of bringing our own personal food heritage to New York City. His cuisine is filled with the intensely satisfying flavors of a casual Portuguese feast—updated with a beautifully modern presentation and technique du jour. I can see you trying these recipes at home while sipping a nice chilled glass of vinho verde!”
(Daniel Boulud, chef/owner, The Dinex Group)

“This book is a perfect example of an amazing chef cooking the cuisine that flows through his veins. George is cooking the food that is embedded in his DNA and it just so happens to be gorgeous and delicious!”
(Sean Brock, chef of Husk Restaurants in Charleston and Nashville)

“In this book, George Mendes takes us with him to Portugal: He travels the small Iberian country to visit family, to investigate the origins of favorite dishes, and to understand the village where his parents lived before he was born.”
(Food & Wine)

About the Author

George Mendes is a Michelin-starred chef and owner of Aldea in New York City. Named one of Food & Wine magazine’s ten “Best New Chefs” in 2011, Mendes is regularly featured in national newspapers, magazines, and websites, along with television appearances, including a run on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Genevieve Ko is a food writer who has coauthored cookbooks with several internationally renowned chefs. Ko is currently the contributing food editor at Health.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1 edition (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617691267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617691263
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I purchased the kindle edition, and it is formatted much better than a lot of other cookbooks for kindle, but the photographs are quite small. There are a lot of photos, although there seem to be more of the people and places from Mendes' life and around Portugal, rather than of the actual dishes. Quite a bit of this cookbook is focused on Mendes' life and path towards becoming the chef he is today.

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 ›
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding cookbook. Period. Here's why..... Chef George Mendes takes the time to share his history and answer the question "why?" as it relates to Portuguese cuisine. Through is personal journey growing up in the US to his extensive travels throughout Portugal, you get the essence of his passion and the food of Portugal.

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.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Jason on December 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Being Portuguese-American myself and growing up in Hartford, CT I currently reside in Newark, NJ. After three years of living in Brooklyn, I vowed to myself that I would never again live farther than 10 minutes away from a Portuguese bakery. George Mendes' book is a comprehensive panorama of the Lusitanian cuisine, drawing from influences of former colonies and neighboring Spain. Truly the best Portuguese cook book that is available in the U.S. with dishes that evoke memories of many summer lunches with my grandparents underneath the grapevines. Traditional yet progressive,contemporary but not trite, the recipes in this book truly reflect the spirit of Portuguese cuisine but constructed with Mr. Mendes' visionary panache. My favorite recipe so far has to be his rendition of "Ervilhas e Chouriço" or Peas and Eggs with Portuguese Chorizo. Such a treat.

Senhor Mendes muito obrigado por nos ter dado esta maravilha de um livro.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this cookbook because it's George Mendes' personal story combined with wonderful and approachable recipes. It's a beautiful book but should be used in the kitchen, not just left to look good on the coffee table. I've made several recipes and love the fact that there's an attention to detail in the instructions as well as the chef's notes and comments on the side. The arroz de pato is well worth the effort......delicious.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm thrilled with these recipes. Many are similar to what my family prepared and there are several new ones that I am looking forward to trying like the Brussels sprouts with quince and bacon, etc. The book is well-written and the photographs are fantastic.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Pretty good book of mostly Portuguese style food, not unlike the creative expressions offered by some of Portugal's top chefs such as Jose Avillez and H. Sa Pessoa. Food trends in Portugal are tending to reject this "Alta Cozinha" recently in favor of the traditional, unequaled cuisine (cozinha do povo).
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Appears to be a fine publication. Thumbed through it because it is a Christmas present and not used right away. Has multiple chapters on different groups of entrees. Also has very good photography of Portugal and of the entrees.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Given as a gift, my son and daughter-in-law love it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

My Portugal: Recipes and Stories
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: My Portugal: Recipes and Stories