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The New Portuguese Table is a well written cookbook complete with family and travel stories. The author, well known David Leite, was born in the US to Portuguese parents, then returned to Portugal to find newer emerging versions of the standard Portuguese cuisine. It covers not only the food, but wine of this fine country (and its islands) blended with the cultural settings. The soup recipes look excellent and am looking forward to trying all the meat/seafood dishes included herein.
What a beautiful book and filled with delicious looking and interesting recipes. Some call for ingredients I've never tried before which is a plus for the kitchen-curious. What a treat. The fish recipes are fabulous. I think anyone will want to include this in their cookbook collection. I love the photography as well.
Here is a sample recipe. It's called Arroz de Tomate (Tomato Rice)
A traditional side dish served in many parts of Portugal. It's different depending on the region you are in (and the cook). Use different combinations of thyme, marjoram and rosemary. Here is the recipe directly from the book but my version strayed a bit. Still yummy!
We ate dinner on the patio last evening with lots of candles so...the lighting for photography wasn't ideal....but you can see the delish Arroz de Tomate!
Ingredients you need
3 TB olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
5 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 cup white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups long grain rice
salt and pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons or tablespoons (oops, forgot to jot that down) of tomato paste (optional)
chopped oregano and parsley
Here's what you do......
Heat oil and add onion, bay leaf and garlic. Soften it - takes about 12 minutes.
Add tomatoes and simmer 3 minutes. Tip in wine and let evaporate.
Pour in stock (I used homemade). Bring to a boil then add rice, salt and pepper and tomato paste (if using).
Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until rice is tender. This takes 20 to 25 minutes. Shower the finished product with parsley and oregano.
|From Portugese Table|
I am looking forward to sharing more dishes from this cookbook.