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Portuguese Homestyle Cooking

by Ana Patuleia Ortins

"Startlingly delicious.superb."-The Boston Globe

Everyone loves Mediterranean food. But few could say what makes the soul-comforting, understated peasant food of Portugal distinct from that of its neighbors. The abundant use of legumes and leafy greens – doesn’t that sound like paleo? – in its hearty soups and stews? The unusual combinations of meat and shellfish? The wine and garlic marinated braises? The easy seafood preparations? The luscious, egg-sweet desserts, from light meringue puddings to rich, sweet breads?

Peppered with a lifetime of anecdotes from a passionate cook‘s growing up in a Portuguese culture, Portuguese Homestyle Cooking draws us into an immigrant kitchen where traditional culinary methods were handed down from father to daughter, shared and refined with the help of the family and friends who watched, chopped, and tasted. The recipes in Portuguese Homestyle Cooking are of dishes prepared as they were in Portugal – but with the measurements refined and perfected, the commonly used ingredients and methods explained fully, so that novices and experienced chefs alike can prepare these savory dishes.

A first generation descendant of Portuguese immigrants from the Alto Alentejo region of Portugal, Ana Patuleia Ortins grew up with the ethnic lore and traditions attached to the food of her ancestors. She holds a degree in culinary arts and teaches Portuguese cooking in her own kitchen and at local colleges.

Ethnic Cooking • 7" x 10" • 288 pages • full color photos
ISBN 1-56656-408-5 • Click here to buy Portuguese Homestyle Cooking, so you will be enjoying easy, delicious and healthy meals.