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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906868204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906868208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Expatriate Moreinos-Schwartz takes readers on a mouthwatering tour of her native country in this outstanding guide to Brazilian cuisine. Basics like the Caipirinha cocktail (which finds its way into marinades, risotto and bon bons), Caldo Verde, the fish stew known as Moqueca, and empanadas (served here in a pot pie-like version), as well as fudgy Brazilian truffles called Brigadeiros, enable residents of the northern hemisphere to recreate the country's bounty. Inspired dishes like Striped Bass with Cashew Soy Sauce, Passion Fruit Cannoli, and Coffee Souffle with Dulce De Leche Sauce, meanwhile, elevate this volume above the standard culinary tour. Coconut seems omnipresent, appearing in soups (paired with both pumpkin and yucca), sauces for seafood, and cakes (including a luscious Coconut Cheesecake with Guava Sauce); fritters and croquettes also make multiple appearances. Though readers may encounter the occasional sourcing dilemma (quail eggs, minas cheese), Moreinos-Schwartz keeps recipes as convenient as possible, sticking mostly to ingredients easily found on U.S. shores and offering suggestions for substitutes. With this smart, eye-opening and palate-expanding volume, Moreinos-Schwartz has an outstanding collection sure to inspire adventurous eaters.

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Leticia's recipes are very colorful yet sensible, using ingredients from her native Brazil with precise technique. The Brazilian Kitchen is a vibrant cookbook that shows her passion for Brazilian cuisine. --Alain Sailhac, Dean of Programs at the French Culinary Institute

In the world of food writers it is a rare thing when a fresh new voice comes along. Leticia Schwartz is the real deal: a brilliant, creative, and charismatic chef whose recipes make you want to run to your kitchen and claim each dish as your own. The depth of flavor that Chef Leticia imparts in each dish is a marvel. Anyone who feels jaded by the same old, same old, will want to own this book to see that there is a bright new star on the horizon. --Jane Stern

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Great recipes, easy to prepare.
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I recommend this cookbook if you like Brazilian food.
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Roberts wife(trying to get Robert to cook next !!)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Tendrih on February 7, 2010
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We have the book for 3 days and we've already tried 2 recipes and they were unbelievable!!It was easy and all steps were well explained
We have to say that the layout is also great and has beautiful pictures!
Great choice for those who miss the brazilian cuisine or those who are interesting in learning about brazilian kitchen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristina on April 21, 2011
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As a Brazilian-American and an avid cook of all things Brazilian, this book thoughtfully guides you through essential Brazilian recipes to know, [Brazilian Cheese bread, Meat Feijoada, Brazilian Fish Stew, Chicken Salad with homemade potato sticks, Steak with Fried Eggs], as well as some new Brazilian-influenced modern favorites- [Salmon with Caipirinha risotto, Tilapia with Acai sauce, Red pepper and Brazil nut pesto, a light Chicken Feijoada]. This presents not just an "ethnic" cookbook, but a practical how-to for cooking methods/substitutions/good kitchen wisdom as well.

I was given "Brazil A Cook's Tour" cookbook by Christopher Iodine about 10 years ago. Nice pictures, nice story ab the Englishman's travels - a couple nice recipes, but, as other readers have pointed out- no one tried the recipes/measurements before publishing the book! It is clear Moreinos Schwartz is sharing with the reader her time-proven personal recipes, with vignettes, influences and the journey she took to perfect them. She is clearly a international chef who has mastered both cooking and pastry who is writing a book, not a writer trying to capture some tasty recipes.

A bonus to the reader that the recipes are titled in English with the Portuguese underneath, something no other Brazilian cookbook available does, but obviously a no-brainer. The recipes are clear yet very concise and not too wordy, which is important when you are tackling a new cuisine that can be daunting.

The only pity about this cookbook is that the editor missed a fully repeated line on pg 56 in their effort to publish...an amateur mistake that should have been avoided.

Hope this review is helpful! Bom Apetite!

Kristina in Boston
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Schneider on June 14, 2010
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I have been using The Brazilian Kitchen in my typically Italian kitchen for the last 2 months and I have to say... I am sold. The recipes are so user friendly and spicy enough to satisfy various guests tastes without being overwhelming. try the Caldo Verde, (Portuguese Soup) and the Curried Chicken Salad.YUM !! In the day when every thing is at our finger tips on the internet, I still enjoy the feel of a cookbook in my hands and especially the display of this catchy cover on my cookbook stand. I would love to see more of Ms Schwartz's recipes...especially the dessert ideas. Maybe the next book is on the horizon?
Roberts wife(trying to get Robert to cook next !!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eve on March 16, 2011
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LOVE the pictures and the texts!!! Brought me beautiful memories of my beloved country. It has the most traditional brazilian recipes but improved by a chef. It`s a great book to have displayed somewhere in your house so your guests can see it and learn a little more of Brazil.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Debiasi on December 18, 2011
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From the reviews and previews, I thought this book would help me learn to cook some dishes from my husband's native Brazil. I was primarily interested because of the pictures and because the measurements are for the American reader. I was also glad that the author states that she tried to make some of the recipes less heavy/healthier than they are prepared in Brazil. However, many of the recipes are not dishes my husband grew up eating. It seems that besides some desserts and recipes for "street food" that the recipes are from more rural Brazil, not the city, and are not always dishes that the "average" (if there is such a thing :) ) Brazilian would recognize. Also, some ingredients can be hard to find if you don't have a Brazilian market in your area. It's good for learning, and heavy on seafood dishes. The Brazilians I know definitely eat more meat than fish, so just something to keep in mind. I don't regret buying it, but I think there must be better cookbooks out there for common Brazilian cooking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo S Correa on January 8, 2011
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Bought it as a Christmas Gift for my friend's Mom... this is soo great! I am a brazilian native and this book gives you some classic recipies with a modern twist for the american kitchen... I really liked it and her Mom loved it! the next dat she was making a desert out of the book...
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Having lived in Brazil for a couple of years, I was hoping to find recipes that my housekeeper regularly cooked for me. There is no recipe for flan, avocado pudding, or chocolate mousse in the dessert section. And the most serious omission is no recipe for stroganoff! That is everyone's favorite dish besides feijoada.

Also, there are a few recipe that you would never make at home, like a recipe for churros. Seriously? Why would you ever make those at home?

It almost seems like the author saved the best, most classic recipes for another book. I think the title of the book should have been "100 Creative Recipes" as it omitted too much of the "Classic." Disappointing...
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Wonderful recipes that are not difficult to prepare. Very readible text that helps the cook know what they need to be doing.
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