I have been wanting some recipes for the Brazilian traditional cuisine to give to my daughter in law who has been there and liked the food but could not reproduce it back home. She loved it and I am hoping to taste some of her efforts soon. Can't wait!
I bought it used from Hawthorn Academy and it’s missing pages 139 to 142. They were ripped. Unfortunatelly it took so long to be delivered as I live abroad and now I can’t return it.
About the book: I’m Brazilian from the Northeast and I think about 15 recipes here are really what we eat usually in Brazil. Quindim, churros, rice and beans, feijoada, brigadeiro. A lot of them I’ve never heard nor found in there (and I traveled often around Brazil, also my father is from the Southeast and I grew up familiar with many Brazilian dishes that weren’t from the city I was born). I guess it must be the author’s creation? They must taste nice, but I wouldn’t call them typical dishes.
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...
Despite being Brazilian, I was trained in French cooking. I'm ashamed to say that I never cooked Brazilian food while living in Brazil. But after 11 years out of my country, I miss its flavors, so I bought this book and I loved it! I understand what other reviewers have said about the changes made to traditional recipes aimed to modernize them and adapt them to different tastes, but it still keeps the essence of Brazil. I have made some of the recipes and they are very accurate with no problems at all. The only recipe I think will be impossible to make in the US is the Chocolate and Cupuaçú Pudding, because there’s no way you will find cupuaçú pulp here (even in the south of Brazil it’s already difficult). Anyway, I'm very happy to finally start to learn about this amazing and still under-appreciated cuisine.
I am a retired metallurgical engineer and worked in Brazil for 10 years starting in 1975. During that time, being a curious guy, I frequented restaurants weekly. I really liked Brazilian dishes and compiled a list of my favorites while I lived there. I have to admit that this book has everyone of my favorite dishes, from sea food to meat to beans to salads to desserts. In my opinion, the majority of classic Brazilian cuisine is represented in this book, be it feijoada, moqueca de peixe or others. Many thanks to Dona Leticia.
I married a Brazilian, he has always raved about certain recipes his mother would make and she would show me how to make them but she would just throw in ingredients until it looked right. Without recipes, it made it really difficult to emulate the flavor. This book, while not exactly the way his parents make it, gave me the basic bones of the recipes so that I could then cook the dishes he loves.
The recipes work well with ingredients readily available in most grocery stores and some of the recipes I even enjoy more than the ones my husband originally tried to have me make.
This book is so great I have purchased on for my mom and my sister.
The BEST Brazilian cookbook I have ever bought! The recipes are amazing, clear to follow and prepare the dishes; the ingredients' amounts are good, the dish comes out perfect! Not only it's exotic, but above all it's health oriented, with healthy ingredients. Chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz has the best approach to Brazilian cuisine! I recommend it highly. I bought her other book, the recipes are amazingly great as well! A must for your cookbook collection !!!