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Portuguese Homestyle Cooking (new revised & updated ed.)
Ana Patuleia Ortins

published 2016 • 9” x 10 1/4” • 256 pages • full-color photos
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Everyone loves Mediterranean food. But few can 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 in its hearty soups and stews? The unusual combinations of meat and shellfish? The wine and garlic marinated braises? The easy seafood preparations? Or, perhaps, the luscious, egg-sweet desserts, from light meringue puddings to rich, sweet breads?

Peppered with a lifetime of anecdotes from a passionate cook's years 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 standardized and perfected and the commonly used ingredients and methods fully explained. Novices and experienced chefs alike will enjoy preparing 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.

Media Reviews
"Lavishly photographed tribute to the dishes of Portugal...charming anecdotes are interspersed throughout the book. She is an astute observer of details, carefully describing how her ingredients should feel, smell and look, rather than simply listing their quantities. Many of the recipes show off the spectacular flavors of a frugal, delicious and easily prepared. More elaborate recipes are lucidly broken down into straightforward, almost foolproof steps. Thorough in scope as well as technique, Ortins covers every imaginable facet of Portuguese cooking...Anyone who has ever enjoyed Portuguese cooking and longed to make it at home will find this an indispensable guide."
--Publishers Weekly

"There are few good books on Portuguese food, making Ortins's new cookbook especially welcome.... Although the cuisines of Portugal and Spain are often treated together, Portuguese cooking has its own identity, and most libraries will want this work."
-- Library Journal

"For the Portuguese, family, friends and food are inseparable...Ortins introduces readers to what she calls 'the melting pot cuisine of Europe.'...'Portuguese sailors were the first Europeans to develop trade routes and the first to bring back spices and products from other lands.'...This book is for [people] of Portuguese descent who never got to watch their mothers cook but want to pass their culture on to their children."
-- The Boston Herald

"Beautiful color photographs show off such delicious recipes as light and zesty Caldo Verde (Green Broth Soup), hearty Feijoado (Bean and Sausage Stew) and more."

"A work of a Portuguese descendant who uncovered the Portuguese gastronomy in the family and the community from which it was created...Ana Patuleia Ortins created a book of flavors and is not limited to bringing together the traditional recipes of Caldo Verde and Kale Soup...or the codfish pastries and fish stew of Graçiosa. It went further in describing the smoked sausages, legumes, spices...More than a book of Portuguese cooking, it is a book about the homecooking of a Portuguese community in the United States... describing for example the vinaigrette of cousin Evelyn Ortins Cunha or the rice pudding of Isaura Nogeira, the homemade wine of Graçiosian Manuel Silva and his wife Maria, or the sangria of the popular restaurante Atasca owners Joe and Maria Cerqueira in Cambridge...Portuguese Homestyle Cooking is a beautiful book for those interested in Portuguese gastronomy. It is not only cooking with flavor but with love."
-- Portuguese Times

"The mysteries of Portuguese cooking have been unlocked...This is as authentic as you can get this side of the Atlantic."
-- Lynn Daily (MA)

"Authentic Portuguese recipes, prepared as they are in a Portuguese home."
-- Peabody Weekly (MA)

Reader Reviews

"I can't describe to you how excited I am that I found your book.  I lived in Portugal for two years and loved everything about the country.  For the years since my stay there I have missed the cooking the most.  I had tried the few recipes that I learned, forced my wife to try bacalhao a bras on the one occasion that I came across some salted cod, and generally pined for my chance to find some real Portuguese cooking.  I missed chorico and some good, crusty bread. I  missed arroz doce and the many deserts. Two days ago, I decided to try my luck online, looking for some of my old, favorite recipes.  I quickly found your book and your website. I was shocked!  Not only did you have some of my favorite recipes (bacalhao a bras), but you had some very little-known regional recipes like Francesinhas.  I quickly hit the library and found a copy of your book today.  I've spent the evening paging through it. My wife has already tired of my endless food stories and my constant drooling as I found my way through the recipes. I did my best to come up with a recipe that you didn't have, but every time I turned a page, there it would be.  I saw Cozido a Portuguesa and thought to myself, 'ah, but she's forgotten feijoada,' only to find it later in the book. I'm so grateful that you included several breads and incredulous that you even thought to include ways to make cheese and sausages.  As one who lives far from any coast, Portuguese chorico is very hard to come by.  In fact, that is one of the joys of the book.  You've provided instructions so that we can find all of the ingredients, and for those that we can't, you've provided the means to make them. Thank you so much for the book.  I've already declared one night each week to be Portuguese food night for our family and in no time, I will return the book to the library only to rush to a book store and get my own copy.  It will definitely have a prominent place on our kitchen bookshelf."
-- Rob Fullmer

"I just finished reading the introduction of your book Portuguese Homestyle Cooking which I purchased at Barnes& can tell you it is by far the best cookbook on Portuguese cuisine, I have about a dozen or so cookbooks on Portuguese cuisine and none come close to the true feeling of Portuguese cooking like yours does."
--Rui Cunha, Long Island, NY

"Lovely and authentic. I grew up in a Portuguese home, and am very impressed with the authenticity of these recipes. The book is also beautifully laid out and photographed-a real pleasure. I appreciated the little anecdotes about the various recipes and about the author's family and friends. The title is very apt-it really is the homestyle cooking I grew up with. I'm buying one for my mother, if you need any further recommendation!"
-- A reader from Sharon, MA

"Leafing through Portuguese Homestyle Cooking took me back to my childhood when I spent my Sundays marching in Portuguese parades all the while looking forward to the celebration feast of Sopas. The recipes are wonderfully familiar and easy to follow. It isn't just a cookbook but a story of a culture told through the food with photographs that help the reader better understand the Portuguese people from the mainland and the Azores. It was like a family album to me. I have long wanted a resource to re-create the food of my Azorean ancestry and now I have one."
--Regina Deis from Forestville, CA

"These recipes bring back so many memories. These are truly the tastes and dishes I remember my own father making for us. This book truly reflects the Azorean cooking from my family. I can't wait to try them out on my own family."
-- A reader from Boston, MA

"Portuguese cooking had been an unmeasured art for me. The detailed recipes and related family insights are interesting and enjoyable. I bought it to replicate sardines I had in Macau several years ago (Sardinhas no Forno on page 54). The book could double as a coffee table book, its substantial. I also enjoyed the variations, simple rice dishes up to complicated pies, choose your own level. There is also a nice chapter on wines, a fairly comprehensive treatise."
-- A reader from NYC

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this cookbook. I have referred many people who are either newly married to Portuguese individuals or people who enjoy portuguese food. This book brings back many memories that my aunts and grandparents cooked for us growing up. These are easy to follow recipes yet taste just like the ole times. Thank you very much for the bringing back many childhood memories. Great job Ana!!! — Tina Brito

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