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The Art of Brazilian Cooking Hardcover – Sep 20 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (Oct. 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455616451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455616459
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,101,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As one of the few Brazilian cookbooks written by an American-born author, this mouth-watering book features authentic Brazilian cuisine adapted for the American palate. Author Sandra Cuza has lived in Brazil since 1993, where her passion lies in researching and experimenting with Brazilian cuisine.

Highlighting many of Brazil's most cherished ingredients, such as fish, fruits, and rice, Cuza gives readers a taste of both the regional foods of Brazil-where African, Portuguese, and Indian cooking come together-and the contemporary dishes of Si1/2o Paulo. An exciting range of recipes are included, from churrasco, black beans and bananas, and fish with quinoa to pineapple shells with shrimp filling, sauti1/2ed mango, and pineapple ice cream.

From the feiras, or street markets, of the country's largest city to the common kitchen table, readers learn not only dozens upon dozens of easy-to-prepare dishes but also the history behind each food item and an overview of the development of modern Brazilian cuisine. Cuza includes a guide for buying the best Brazilian ingredients in the United States and adapts the dishes to fit today's kitchen.

Born in Kansas and raised in Southern California, Sandra Cuza moved to Si1/2o Paulo, Brazil, in 1993. A short story, feature film, television film, and drama writer and novelist, Cuza taught creative writing with the American Society upon her arrival in Brazil. A foodie herself, she began experimenting with Brazilian cuisine in her spare time, which served as the inspiration for this book. Cuza received a BA from Mills College in Oakland, California, and an MA from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. In addition to authoring numerous books, she has worked as a teacher-including a creative writing teacher at UCLA-an actress, and a reader for a film company. She is a member of the Authors Guild and the International Women's Writing Guild. Her articles have been published in various literary magazines, and her accolades include first place in the Indiana Writers' Center Contest in 2005.

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From the stalls of the feiras (street markets) of Brazil to the kitchen table, this delectable cookbook gives readers a taste of the country's authentic regional dishes as well as the contemporary dishes of Si1/2o Paulo. Author Sandra Cuza introduces readers to the street market vendors, describing the country's finest foods and how to select the best ingredients. Dozens upon dozens of recipes, including the day's fresh findings, are paired with the history of the dish and its ingredients. Cuza gives readers a taste of everything from churrasco with seasoned brown rice to avocado ice cream, coconut pie with passion fruit cream, and fish cooked with bananas and hot pepper jelly.

In addition to recipes that are sure to enliven any table, the book also includes more than sixty mouth-watering color photographs, a glossary of terms, and sources for Brazilian food ingredients and products in the United States.

This book serves as a reminder that Brazil is known not just for its thriving culture and beautiful landscape, but also for its bold flavors, ripe fruits and vegetables, and fresh fish, meats, and herbs.

Cuza lives in Si1/2o Paulo, Brazil, and is the author of a number of novels, feature films, television films, dramas, and short stories. When not writing, Cuza's passion lies with Brazilian cuisine, with which she has researched and experimented since her arrival in Si1/2o Paulo. Cuza received a BA from Mills College in Oakland, California, and an MA from Pacific Oaks College. She has served as a teacher and is a member of the Authors Guild and the International Women's Writing Guild.

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HASH(0xa494d378) out of 5 stars Vibrant Cooking Lessons from an American in Brazil Oct. 2 2012
By Dee Long - Published on
Format: Hardcover
We love cookbooks that focus on a specific international destination because it allows us to travel the world without leaving our kitchen! Author Cuza immediately draws you into the exciting world of Brazilian food with a visit to the Brazilian fiera outdoor market and the four staples of cooking here: beans, onions, garlic and rice. The majority of the menu offerings featured include at least one of these ingredients and the dishes featured are colorful, earthy and uncomplicated, from Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad to Maria Rita, a one-dish meal using ground beef and served in most Brazilian homes. Especially intriguing are the desserts, one of which is filled with an easy to create Eggplant Jelly! Cuza also includes a good resource list of US sources for the more unusual Brazilian cooking ingredients. The book is nicely illustrated and Cuza's easy manner and enthusiasm for her adopted Latin American homeland is contageous!
HASH(0xa494d3cc) out of 5 stars Great book for the home chef Sept. 3 2013
By Greg J. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I had the good fortune to live in Brazil for seven months, during which time I fell in love with the food and the people. This book gives me a chance to revisit the country by cooking up some of my favorite dishes - Moqueca, Pao de Batata and Feijao, to name a few.

One problem I often find with international cookbooks is that they either rely on ingredients that are difficult to source outside of their home country, or practically require a sous-chef to prepare. Fortunately, this book suffers from neither. The ingredients are easy to obtain and the recipes straightforward. There is a great variety of recipes in the book as well, ranging from the traditional (i.e., Frango Caipira) to the more eclectic (i.e., Carrot Soup with Thyme and Yogurt). The Bolo de Milho Verde (sweet corn cake) is worth the price of the book alone. This cake is delicious and very easy to make.

After you get this cookbook pour yourself some Cachaca, put some Joao Gilberto on the stereo, and get in the kitchen. You will be glad you did!
HASH(0xa494d804) out of 5 stars Delicious and Beautiful! Sept. 1 2013
By Andrea King - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The dishes provided us with a truly Brazilian experience with ingredients easy to find! We received this recipe book as a wedding gift and immediately loved the vibrant cover (we keep it on our counter). The first meal we tried was the Baked Salmon with Brown Sugar (page 48) - Delicious! Excellent with Banana Puree (page 171) and Oxum's Papay (page 97), which added a little spice to the sweetness. As I went through the book, I appreciated the recommendations for pairing the dishes. It's also fun to read the cultural context of the dishes and experience a piece of Brazil through a cookbook.
HASH(0xa494dbc4) out of 5 stars Brazilian food prepared easily Sept. 7 2013
By Paul Goldstein - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The autor of "The Art Of Braziiian Cooking" did a superb job introducing us to brazilian food, The recipes are easy to follow and prepare, the instructions are clear. The dishes I prepared so far from the book are indeed delicious, the accompanied pictures eye catching. See the references at the back of the book.

I hope Ms. Cuza wil introduce us in the future to other regional foods too.

Paul Goldstein,
HASH(0xa494dca8) out of 5 stars Wonderful Brazilian cooking! Oct. 10 2013
By Carla Saba - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A note to the author:
I live in Brazil and I have bought several copies of your cookbook. I loved it! So did everyone I gave a copy to. The book is a fabulous gift for my friends living here and friends in the States. The recipes and the vibrant photos are truly a taste of Brazil today. Congratulations - what a beautiful way to symbolize your years in in this country. My copy will be on my kitchen counter at all times!