Portuguese American Journal

Book: ‘Portuguese Home Cooking’ by Ana Patuleia Ortins – Editor’s Note

The Mediterranean diet is famed for its fresh and vibrant cuisine. In this book, Ana Patuleia Ortins invites you to discover or revisit the soul-comforting, peasant food of Portugal, just as vibrant, yet distinct from that of its neighbors. Peppered with a lifetime of anecdotes from a passionate cook, Portuguese Home 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 this cookbook are of dishes prepared as they are in Portugal—with the measurements tried and tested, and the ingredients and methods fully explained.

With warmth and gusto, Ana Patuleia Ortins shares garden-fresh salads, hearty wine and garlic braises, legumes and leafy greens, meat and shellfish dishes, rustic breads, and the luscious desserts for which Portugal is known. Beautiful food and location photography will transport you to Portugal’s picturesque countryside, and novices and experienced chefs alike will delight in the culture and cuisine, whether nostalgic for home, or discovering it for the first time.


“Rich in love and flavor, this is a must for any well-rounded cookbook collection … In a delectable tribute to the dishes of the author’s friends and family, Ortins once again considers her culinary roots, this time with an even more personal bent. A first-generation Portuguese American, Ortins blends traditional fare with modern convenience …” —Publishers Weekly

 A beautiful book for those interested in Portuguese gastronomy. It is not only cooking with flavor, but with love.” — Portuguese Times

 “Startlingly delicious … superb … Ortin’s meticulously assembled collection should be widely welcomed ….” —The Boston Globe

 “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

“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)

“[D]elicious and perfect for home cooks … This offering from Ortins delves into the ingredients and traditions of Portuguese cooking passed to the author from her father. Bright and vibrant photography—which is just as likely to depict sweeping coastal views as the food itself—lifts this title beyond a typical cookbook.”—Booklist

“A new cookbook by Ana Patuleia Ortins, a Massachusetts-based author of Portuguese descent, is rich in interesting ways … it’s a user-friendly book filled with easy, lively recipes … beautifully photographed by Hiltrud Schulz ….” —Montreal Gazette

“Hearty and heartwarming meals that range from simple soups for a busy weeknight to sumptuous platters for entertaining.” —Latinidad, Best Cookbook of the Year


About the Author

A first generation descendant of Portuguese immigrants from the Alto Alentejo region of Portugal, Ana Patuleia Ortins grew up with the 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 New England colleges. She is the author of Authentic Portuguese Cooking.


Book Details


Title: Portuguese Home Cooking

Author: Ana Patuleia Ortins 

Photographer: Hiltrud Schulz

Publisher‏:Interlink Books

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

Language: English

Hardcover: 304pp


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