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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2011
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2010
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
on April 21, 2011
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
on June 14, 2010
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
on March 16, 2011
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
The author mixed the most stereotypical dishes with recipes from fancy restaurants that do not serve Brazilian food (Gero restaurant?!?!). Risoto is not a Brazilian dish... Tuna sandwich, seriously?!?!
There are some typos on the Portuguese version of the recipe names. This book is not for people that know the bare minimal about Brazilian food.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
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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on July 22, 2011
When I receive a new cookbook I always earmark the recipes I plan on trying.
I turned down so many pages in this book, it looks like a pop-up now.
Having spent time within the Brazilian community in the US many of the dishes were wonderfully familiar, but so much was very new and exciting. While some of the dishes do have exotic ingredients, the vast majority are made with easy to find ingredients that you can get at any supermarket or store that caters to Caribbean foods.
So many of the dishes also remind me of the wonderful cuisine I enjoyed in Africa.
This book is rare in that it doesn't skimp on flavor, technique or beautiful presentation (far too often contemporary cookbooks are big glossy magazines with mediocre recipes).

If you enjoy hearty, but elegant Latin/Caribbean foods this is one not to miss.

Edit: I just made the Sopa de Aipim e Coco com Vieiras (pg 60)
I have to stop myself from consuming the whole pot. What a delicious, simple to prepare meal!
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on April 2, 2013
I recently discovered the joys of eating Brazilian food when I started dating a woman from Brazil. I first checked this book out from my local library and showed her this cookbook and she immediately gave it a thumbs up for the wonderful color pictures and recipies from various regions for Brazil. While she said that there are a few traditional recipies missing, she praised the book for the recipies that were included and indicated that many were worth trying. I figured with that kind of review, it was worth owning. So far we have tried a few recipies from the book starting with the cheese balls and have found them to be quite tasty. My girlfriend of course put her own twist to the things she made. I recommend this cookbook if you like Brazilian food.
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