Books on Portugal: Portuguese Food & Cuisine
by Lynelle Scott-Aitken, Clara de Macedo Vitorino
If there's one thing that a travel cum gastronomy guide book should do, it is make you want to go there and eat, and Lonely Planet's "World Food Guide - Portugal" does that with gusto. It makes all the essential distinctions and provides plenty of background information on history and culture as well as current trends and curiosities. Drawing you into a world of long-unchanged culinary traditions, it leaves you begging to be transported there in time for the lunchtime special.
Though this guide will offer little comfort to vegetarians or weight watchers, Portugal comes across as a treasure trove for those willing to avoid tourist restaurants and investigate working-class haunts. Bold flavours and big helpings are served up in unpretentious surroundings from the social melting pot of the taberna to rustic smokehouses hung with whole hams - just don't ask for a salad.
With a special section devoted to regional differences, complete with maps, this book will be of special interest to the traveller who wants to explore the provinces, where great local ingredients fuse with methods handed down through the ages. Wine producing regions too get a look in but the focus is very much on the food. With the aid of a large selection of photographs, the Lonely Planet guide paints a colourful picture of what it is to appreciate, understand and enjoy the culture behind Portuguese cuisine.
An ample glossary of useful phrases will help gastronomic adventurers find what they are looking for and a scattering of tantalising recipes are provided as inspiration for budding chefs. What this guide does not contain however, are the names and addresses of particular eateries. What you get is a basic tour of the kinds of establishments you are likely to come across and plenty of encouragement to delve in.
The well-known and prolific husband and wife team of British wine critics Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter have produced a fabulous travel guide to Portugal's wines and regional cuisines in The Wine and Food Lover's
Guide to Portugal. Portuguese speaker Metcalfe and his partner obviously know the country extremely well and take the reader on a delightful journey to some of Portugal's off-the-beaten track destinations in search of fine wine, excellent food and atmospheric accommodation.
The book presents Portugal region by region listing accommodation both upmarket and budget, good wines, wineries (often those with places to stay), recommended restaurants and places to shop for fresh ingredients, including markets and local stores.
Each section is complete with maps, colour photographs, prices, and contact details for the establishments listed - plus recommendations and background on places to visit "between meals," country walks, Portugal's castles, churches and museums. Highly recommended.
This book is one of the best books available on Portuguese cuisine. US author Jean Anderson presents a series of Portuguese classic recipes backed up by color photographs, a language glossary for ingredients and notes on Portuguese restaurants, inns and Portuguese wines including Port & Madeira.
The book presents the recipes in chapters titled Appetizers and Condiments, Soups, Meats, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Vegetables, Rice and Salads, Breads and Sweets.
Each chapter comes with colour photographs, and measurements in both metric and imperial weights.
Portuguese-American Ana Patuleia Ortin's Portuguese Homestyle Cooking has become a classic of contemporary and traditional Portuguese cuisine. Beautifully photographed, the book takes the reader on a gastronomic and cultural journey through the various regions of Portugal as well as the Azores. Totally authentic, Portuguese Homestyle Cooking introduces delicious, easy-to-follow recipes for such iconic Portuguese dishes as Bacalhao a bras, Cozido a Portuguesa and Caldo Verde. Extensive in scope, Ana Patuleia Ortin's covers recipes that take less than an hour to prepare for dinner as well as others much more time intensive such as Portuguese Sweet Bread (Massa Souvada), made especially for festivals in Portugal. If you are searching for a truly authentic book on Portuguese food, this is surely one for your collection.