New Portuguese Table

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DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK
Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Spain, Portugal is today’s hot-spot vacation destination, and world travelers are enthralled by the unique yet familiar cuisine of this country. The New Portuguese Table takes you on a culinary journey into the soul of this fascinating nation and looks at its 11 surprisingly different historical regions, as well as the island of Madeira and the Azores, and their food culture, typical dishes, and wines. This book also showcases Portugal’s pantry of go-to ingredients, such as smoked sausages, peppers, cilantro, seafood, olive oil, garlic, beans, tomatoes, and bay leaves — all beloved by Americans and now combined in innovative ways.

In The New Portuguese Table, David Leite provides a contemporary look at the flavorful food of this gastronomic region, sharing both the beloved classics he remembers from cooking at his grandmother’s side, such as Slowly Simmered White Beans and Sausage, as well as modern dishes defining the country today, like Olive Oil–Poached Fresh Cod with Roasted Tomato Sauce. With nearly 100 full-color photographs and a contemporary perspective, The New Portuguese Table is the handbook to the exciting cuisine of Portugal.

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  1. Cindi says:

    Looks fantastic. Can’t wait.

  2. Greg Bulmash says:

    Most of my knowledge of modern Portuguese cuisine comes from the episode of “No Reservations” when Anthony Bourdain went there.  I can’t wait to see some teaser excerpts either here or on your Amazon page.

    • David Leite says:

      I only saw one episode, and that’s where he took part in a pig slaughter, called a matança–very Old World. I’m not sure what else he’s covered. 

      • Steve Martin says:

        Hi David, just bought your book and should get it on Monday. [Tony Bourdain's] “No Reservations” show was about the Azores and was fantastic. It starts in Fall River, Mass, where I live, which has the largest Azorean population outside of the Azores. My mother’s family is from there. We have the best Portuguese restaurants, markets, and bakeries of anywhere.

        • David Leite says:

          Steve, I’ve seen the show (in fact, there’s a quote from Tony on the back of my book), and I was born in Fall River, so I know its riches.

          • elizabeth says:

            We borrowed the book at our local library. It was amazing, since we lived in Fall River, MA and found all our favorite foods. This is one book we will be buying this month. Thanks, David.

    • Gregory Burseau says:

      My partner and I have recently moved to Lisbon from California to live like true Lisboetas. Love the beautiful architecture, history, climate, and warm friendly people too.! We are both foodies having had restaurants in San Francisco and much experience consulting in the industry. Indeed, Mr. Bourdain brought a whole lot of positive attention to Portuguese food. That being said, the current culinary state of Portuguese cooking overall is for the most part sadly lacking in originality and flavor. Indeed at times poorly cooked and lacking proper basic culinary techniques and not at all like other Mediterranean cuisines. Actually, rather old style Germanic.The locals love their boiled potatoes and soggy veggies. It is really a surprise given all the fantastic and fresh seafood, meats, and produce that is to be found here. On a positive note, the inexpensive wine, cheese, and baked goods are fantastic!

      • David Leite says:

        Gregory, say hello to the Portuguese Paradox. There’s a schism in the social and culinary spheres in the country. You have to keep in mind that Portugal was under the dictatorship of Salazar until mid-20th century. It affected an already poor country. I remember my father and our family telling stories of crushing poverty and lack of resources, such as electricity and telephone, that didn’t arrive until the late ’60s and early ’70s. My grandfather was regularly sending huge crates of clothing and supplies back to the Old County to help out. Without a lot to eat, there wasn’t much focus on cuisine.

        Only in the past 30 years or so has the country started healing, and only in the past 10 or so that chefs started to bring worldly flavors and techniques back to the country. But as Chef Fausto Airoldi said to me, the Portuguese will walk miles and miles for a traditional pot of boiled meats and potatoes instead of crossing the Avenida Infante Dom Heníque, which divides Lisbon from Bica do Sapato, the restaurant that catapulted him to prominence at the beginning of the century. It’s as much a physical divide as a metaphorical one.

        Where I discovered some exciting food and cooking was in the homes of some of the younger Lisboetas. Dinner parties there took on the feel of a salon, with someone playing piano, a writer reading her work, others vehemently arguing politics. But peace convenes when they sit at the table. Give it time–it took me a while to see beyond the obvious. The best thing is you there right now–in the beginning of a culinary revolution that happened here in the ’60s.

        Oh, one last thing: Portugal isn’t a Mediterranean country and doesn’t consider itself to be one. When it comes to food, its eyes, palate, and wallets have been fixed on the Atlantic for hundreds of years, the Age of Discovery notwithstanding.

  3. Moses Mehraban says:

    Congrats, David. Love the cover, the photos and style…can’t wait to get my hands on your new book.

  4. Carrie Jorgensen says:

    Hi, David, and congratulations on the book! It often takes foreigners like us to come in and shake up the status quo. Cortes de Cima did it for wine in Portugal, and you seem to be doing it with food! Do we really have to wait until August to get hold of it?!

    • David Leite says:

      Hi Carrie. Yes, sadly we do have to wait until August for the book. But I hope it’s worth the wait! Cortes de Cima is mentioned in the book, as it produces some of the best wines coming out of Portugal.

    • Pete says:

      Ahh, well you should try Xisto! A Douro wine from Roquette e Cazes. That would be my top favorite!

      • David Leite says:

        Pete, I have. I visited Tomás at his vineyard in the Douro, and he poured me some. It’s an amazing wine. It was crush time, so it was a bit cool, and we sat on his terrance overlooking the infinity pool and the hills and river beyond. It was exquisite.

  5. Lisa Arnold says:

    It’s here! It’s alive! It’s great! Congrats!

  6. John M. Peru says:

    Ola! Leite, we are just so proud of you!  All of the 150,000 people in Hawaii who are Portuguese, just love Portuguese food. We wish the best. Mahalo!

    • David Leite says:

      John, thank you so much for the kind words! I hope you enjoy the book. It’s got a lot of wonderful new and classic recipes in it.

  7. Judith Rosenberger says:

    So beautiful I could eat the pages! Congratulations on a magnificent work that is user friendly even to the kitchen-shy. 

  8. Mary Ann Santos says:

    The book looks fantastic. Thank you, David. This is just the kind of book on Portuguese food that I’ve been waiting for.  And it’s going to make next year’s Christmas so easy — the time I’ll save not having to shop for gifts for my sisters will give me the opportunity to try out a couple of recipes!

    • David Leite says:

      Thanks, Mary Ann. That’s very kind of you. There’s a recipe in the book for roast turkey with two dressings–a bread-based one made with chouriço and a potato-based one made with pork that my family always served on Christmas. It’s wonderful. Plus lots of new, never-before-seen recipes, as well as many, many updated classics.

  9. Ray R. Souza says:

    Thank you David! It’s about time that looking at books for recipes, we will see the title with the word “Portuguese” emblazoned on the cover. It’s been too long in coming. I would like to see many more.

    • David Leite says:

      Thanks, Ray. And I must say, the word Portuguese is big! I hope you like the book when it comes out. Stay tuned to the Portuguese section of LC. More info, recipes, and fun stuff will be added the closer we get to the publication date of Aug. 18th.

  10. Catarina Anselmo says:

    Wonderful! I can’t wait until August. It will be an early birthday present for me. I have observed your website for some time, and I believe this book is the inevitable result. Congratulations and much success. May you spread the word about our tasty, nutritious, and underrated cuisine.

    • David Leite says:

      Thanks for the well wishes. I hope you enjoy the book when it comes out. And check back on the site often, as more Portuguese content will be added over the next several months.

  11. Maria Peplowski says:

    David, I wish I could write as well as you so you could understand how beautiful I feel this book is.  I can hardly wait to hold it and read it and cook from it!

    • David Leite says:

      Maria, that’s so kind of you. I hope all your testing of the recipes was worth it now that you’ve seen the end result.

  12. Blima says:

    Congratulations, David. This will be a cookbook treasure.

  13. thefoodpaparazzi.com says:

    We are so excited about this book. Being from the Azores, we find it refreshing to see modern takes on classic Portuguese cuisine.

    • David Leite says:

      Thank you! There are a lot of family favorites from the islands, but with a twist. As you say, “modern takes on classic Portuguese cuisine.”

  14. Adelia Amaral says:

    David,

    Glad to hear from you! I’m looking forward to reading the articles and sharing them with others, after all we Portuguese must encourage and support each other. I find that’s the one thing that we don’t do enough of. However, I’m glad our generation is seeing this as an opportunity and our responsibility. I very happily and gladly accept this responsibility. We Portuguese citizens of which I’m honoured to be among, since I have dual citizenship as well, for I was born in Sao Miguel and migrated to Canada as a toddler, must continue to show our pride in our heritage and culture. Please feel free to keep in touch.

    Adelia Amaral

  15. Judith Peres says:

    Kudos! Echoing others who commented on your forthcoming bundle of joy, August seems a long way off–but at least there will be something to look forward to in August. Your creation will be a very welcome distraction from the increasingly stifling heat of southern California summertime. And, by the way, the photography samples above are gorgeous. 
      
    Congratulations again!

    • David Leite says:

      Hi Judith, thanks for the kind thoughts. I look forward to hearing your comments when you see the book. I’m very pleased with the photography. Nuno Correia is from Lisbon and came to NYC for two weeks to shoot. Being Portuguese, he has a real understanding of the food, including the contemporary dishes, as he shoots a lot of them for magazines in Portugal and other countries.

  16. Carolyn says:

    David, 
      
    How incredibly gorgeous! You must be so excited. I’ve been following your writings about Portugal for years, and can’t wait for the book. By the way, I loved your piece on the Tentúgal pastries in the latest issue of Saveur.

    • David Leite says:

      Carolyn, thank you. I look forward to your comments after you see the book. And if you ever get a chance to visit Tentúgal, stop by the bakery. Olga is lovely, and the pastries are delicious. So are the breads. And take the short drive to see the convent. I love its old, weather-beaten doors.

  17. Eliza M. says:

    Adeus, David! Surely the fabulous cover of your book is a gateway to great reading inside! I’m confident your Portuguese heritage will be reflected in the pages. Your gift of writing, woven into your Portuguese background, is incredible! I look forward to purchasing your book. It sounds like a best seller! I wish you well.

    • David Leite says:

      Eliza, muito obrigado pela sua mensagem. There are a lot of recipes from my family, so my Portuguese heritage is definitely in there. Come back after you’ve seen the book and tell me what you think!

  18. Susan Bingaman says:

    I can’t wait! David, this book is absolutely gorgeous. The photographs are beautiful and your text and recipes are thoughtfully researched and written. It was such a pleasure being a part of the testing process.  Many of these recipes are now part of my regular routine. 

    We especially like the Shrimp in Potato Jackets, your fabulous Maionaise de Leite and that wonderful Orange Cake. Your rice pudding is the rice pudding to end all rice puddings. I could go on and on and on… I’m counting down the days until August 18th.

  19. Isabel Leite says:

    Ola David! Muitos parabens! I can’t wait to get my hands on your book. I’ve made many recipes from your Leite’s Culinaria site with great success. I’m sure the book will bring wonderful memories from home.
    P.S. Are you one of my 40 plus cousins?? LOL

    • David Leite says:

      Cara Isabel, muito obrigado. I do hope you like the book. It offers a lot of different recipes–many never before seen in this country. But there are the classics, too. I could never forget to include those. And, who know? You very well could be one of my cousins!

  20. Your new book is FABULOUS!!! I want to try everything but I don’t know where to start. Congratulations on this masterpiece. I love everything from your wonderful headers, to the information you provide, and, of course, the recipes. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone…and if you don’t cook, read it. Sheilah

  21. Anamaria says:

    I am so looking foward to reading and cooking from your book!

  22. Manny Lopes says:

    David, the book looks to be a hit, and the reviews are great. I’ve been patiently waiting for its release, can’t wait to get a copy. Congratulations and the best of luck. Manny

  23. Megan Ramirez says:

    Uncle David, congratulations on your new book. Mom and I are going to buy it. Mom says to tell you she loves your chocolate chip cookies. Right now I’m trying to figure out how you made those great mashed potatoes and chives. It’s my turn to make dinner tonight. Maybe I’ll be as good of a cook as you someday. Call Me. Love You!

    • David Leite says:

      Hi, Megan. Thanks for the nice words regarding the book. The potatoes are easy. Peel and boil about 4 pounds of potatoes until tender but still hold their shape. Drain them in a colander until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile mix 1 cup of mayo and some vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Mince a big bunch of chives, adding about 1/2 to the mayo mixture. Pour the mayo over the potatoes and toss well. Scoop the salad into a bowl and sprinkle the rest of the chives on top. (In you need more mayo, just add some.) But remember: always taste as you go along. A sprinkle of salt, a few grindings of pepper, a drizzle more of vinegar can make all the difference. Love you, too.

  24. M Edward says:

    David – Thanks for the reply as my order has been placed and I’m excited especially for the potato recipes! Now if I could only bring back a sufficient amount of good Portuguese olive oil to the States from Lisbon every few months, I would be set! Sadly, there is a dearth of Portuguese culinary products in the greater Chicago area (olive oil, wine, and cheese). Boa Sorte!

  25. Susan Swanson says:

    I honestly have never had Portugese food but LOVE to cook. I am very much looking forward to your book and am anxious to open myself up to new discovery!!!

  26. Joe says:

    Congratulations on your new site, David. Your new site and recipes are beautiful and easy to follow, now we have no excuses not to cook and enjoy a wonderful and tasty meal. Big Thanks, you’re the best. Chow, Joe

  27. Renee Roderiques says:

    Congratulations, David! It’s so gratifying to see all your hard work culminate in some well-earned recognition. I just got a copy today, and it’s a beautiful book. I’ve already earmarked a half dozen recipes to try, starting with that Lemon-Mint Chicken Soup.

    • David Leite says:

      Thanks, Renee. Finally, huh? I glad you like it, and I hope you’ll be making massa sovada for that husband of yours. Let me know if you have any questions. You can ask them in the new section Ask David.

  28. Derrick DeMelo says:

    David, As a fellow Fall Riverite I’m excited about your book. My brother is a private chef on a yacht, and he and I both spoke about purchasing several copies as gifts for friends and family. Congrats.

    • David Leite says:

      Derrick, thanks. I hope you enjoy it. I think by now all the major stores in the area are carrying it.

  29. Oksana Bukovska says:

    Hi, David, Great book, congratulations! My husband (of Ukrainian background) I LOVE Portuguese food. I’m planning on buying your book (got it from the library for now). I read your profile by Mark Rotella in Publishers Weekly. Please tell us what Portuguese restaurant in the Ironbound you went to with Rotella. The menu sounds great. We want to go tomorrow. Thanks.

    • David Leite says:

      Oksana, the restaurant is Seabra’s Marisqueira at 87 Madison St, Newark, NJ 07105. It’s a great place. I prefer to sit in front at one of the tables in the window. Suggestion: Bring the book and have it on the table. I’ve sent so many people their way that they always do something a little extra for my readers. And, whatever you do, don’t miss out on the açorda de marisco.

      • Oksana Bukovska says:

        David, thank you so much for your recommendation and for your prompt reply! I was looking all over the Internet for this information. We are celebrating our daughter’s going away to college—and this will be a great treat! Thanks! Thank you for writing this book.

  30. Lina da Mata says:

    David, your book arrived and I couldn’t wait to begin cooking. So, tonight I outdid myself with the chicken on page 110! Caramba, que coisa maravilhosa! That sauce you use (“Amped-up Red Pepper Paste”, page 232) is so delicious I couldn’t help by eat a spoonful (well, two…) straight out of the blender! About the “piri-piri” sauce that’s required: that may be hard to find in some places in America, but I found it where I live (Santa Fe in New Mexico) at “The Spanish Table”, along with that beautiful copper cataplana, which gives me a very good reason to try your recipe on page 92! Thanks, David!

    • David Leite says:

      Lina, my pleasure. I’m so thrilled you’ve already enjoyed so many recipes. The Amped-Up Red Pepper Paste is pretty awesome. It’s also an important part of the pork and clams dish, one of my favorite recipes in the book. Write me when you’ve cooked more.

  31. Ling says:

    It’s here! It’s arrived!! Am holding your book in my hot little hands in my office in Singapore, and am thrilled to bits. QUE BELEZA, David – the recipes are making me drool and the photos are fabulous! Thank you so much for making this happen!

    • David Leite says:

      Ling, So glad you finally got the book, and you like it. The photographer, Nuno Correia, is a genius. He came all the way from Lisbon to shoot. Let me know how you enjoy the recipes.

  32. Debra Goodyear (Raposa) says:

    I saw the librarian putting your cookbook on the new shelf, and it caught my eye right away. I got it out and then at home nestled on the couch to read it. I was delighted to find that you’re also from Fall River, and that your Vo-Vo came from Saint Michael [São Miguel] about the same time mine did. My Vo-Vo is no longer with us, but I’ll never forget as a child making sweet bread with her. Why is it that in the middle of the night, she said, “It’s time to make the bread.”? She didn’t speak much English, and I didn’t speak much Portuguese (moved to Philadelphia when I was 4), but we communicated through the food that she made. There was always enough for an army, and on Sundays it felt like one when the family stopped by. I’m really looking forward to making many of the recipes in the book, since most of her cooking was done from memory.

    Obrigada!

    Debbie

    • David Leite says:

      Debra, I’m happy you snatched the book before anyone else could. You probably were the first to check it out of the library. Like yours, my grandmother didn’t speak English well, and I didn’t speak Portuguese much, so we had our own language: Portglish. And we, too, communicated through food. It’s amazing how much love we conveyed without saying a lot.

    • Debra Goodyear (Raposa) says:

      Ok, David, I loved the book and just bought it from Amazon. This past week there was a nice article on your book in the Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper. I clipped it out and will keep it with the book when it arrives. I forgot to mention before when I told you about my being originally from Fall River. Every summer when I go up there I ate my way through the city. The Liberal club, Saint Michael’s, and Ogil’s. I can’t think of their names of the others, but a good one was near Chaves Market on Columbia Street. Any recomendations?

      Bom appitite!
      Debbie

      • David Leite says:

        Debbie, I have to get back to you on that. When I go to Fall River/Swansea, I eat at home every day. I’m hungry for comida da minha mãe, so I don’t get to restaurants. I’ll be up there in mid-October for an event. I can certainly look for you.

      • Debra Goodyear (Raposa) says:

        I wish I could still eat at my VoVo’s, but now, it’s my turn to cook! Thanks.

      • Steve Martin says:

        Was just at Chaves [market], the two restaurants near there are: Sagres and Cinderilla’s.

  33. Cherie Furtado says:

    Olá David, I just received my birthday present of an autographed copy of The New Portuguese Table. It is beautiful! I love the photos and stories that go with the recipes. It is really a work of art. Your writing style is so fun and at the same time the work you put into this is very evident. Its beautiful. Parabens!

  34. Michelle says:

    I just moved to the Azores last year (from the States), and I’m SO excited to have your cookbook! (I just received it as an early, early Christmas present). I love cooking, but the other Portuguese cookbooks I have are kind of old-fashioned and daunting, in a way. I just read through yours and bookmarked so many of the recipes I want to try, and I have great access to all of the ingredients! My local grocery store and outdoor market have a ton of presunto, chourico and linguica, bacalhau, good olive oil, fresh favas (in season), etc. Yay!

    • David Leite says:

      So glad you got the book—and that you can get so many wonderful ingredients nearby. You must write me and tell me how you liked some of the recipes.

  35. Karen says:

    Just got the last copy at the local B&N on Thursday and spent the rest of the day “in the pages” just imagining future meals! Congratulations on a beautiful work full of great pictures, great commentary, and certainly great inspirations! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  36. Fatima Cameron says:

    I am Azorean (from Terceira) and live in Hawaii. A friend just gave me The New Portuguese Table. I love it. Beautiful pictures and recipes. Feliz Natal e Prospero Ano Novo. Felicidades.

    • David Leite says:

      Hello, Fátima. So glad you like the book. I hope you have many years of happy cooking with it. Feliz Natal e Prospero Ano Novo, também!

  37. Ana Alegre says:

    Hello David. I found a link to your book in all places Men’s Health (Dec 2009) and I will be looking to buy a copy of your book. I am Azorean (from Terceira) and love Portuguese cooking. I have about 12 Portuguese cookbooks and I will be adding this one to the collection. Americans should know how simple and wonderful Portuguese cuisine is and tasty. How about a special on the FOOD NETWORK!

    • David Leite says:

      Ana, now you’re talking! All you and about 6 million other people have to do is storm the offices of Food Network and demand to see me on TV. I wish Portuguese food were higher on their list, but perhaps someday. In the meantime, I’ve done a lot of local TV, national radio, and will be on a national talk show this spring. Boo-yah!

  38. Kate Blood says:

    Great book, David! I’m really enjoying cooking from it—reviewed it on my site.

    Best regards,

    Kate

  39. Victoria Ferreira says:

    Hi David, I just read an article about you and a couple of your recipes on the Weight Watchers site. (I’m a member.) I was sooo pleased and excited to see that. We were very lucky to grow up in a very small farming community out here in California filled with Portugese people, where most of us lived on dairy farms. The food our moms, tias and avos made was fabulous. Now that most of them are gone, it’s so important to me to keep those traditional foods going, especially for my children and grandchildren. Your book is going to help do that. I know what everyone is going to get for Christmas gifts this year. :) Thank you.

    • David Leite says:

      Victoria, thank you for your kind words. I agree we need to keep our traditions alive and well. And we need to pass on to the next generation a love for Portuguese food and, equally important, a love of cooking. They go hand in hand. I’m glad my book will help your family do that. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

  40. Bruce Barone says:

    OMG!

    We just finished eating the roast chicken.

    WOW!!!!!!

    Pictures will be posted probably tomorrow.

    Amazing.

    Bruce

  41. Antonia says:

    Hi,
    I bought your book and got it delivered yesterday, I had to read it in one go… now I must put in practice some receipts.
    I am Portuguese born and raised, from Tras-os-Montes. Although some of the receipts that you present are not truly traditional, I loved it. I also enjoyed the stories, the regional details, the wine makers list and how you make the most of tradition in a contemporary cooking book. Surely, you made me proud of my country.

  42. Richard Correia says:

    David,

    Congratulations on the new book. The recipes and descriptions bring back many memories from my youth growing up in Taunton, Mass (another great Portuguese settlement). I was wondering if you are familiar with a meal my Madeiran Grandparents used to prepare for Christmas Day. It was a marinated pork dish. The pork was cut into small bite sized pieces. They would also put sliced Portuguese rolls on top of the pork just before it finished cooking, which would soak up some of the fabulous tastes from the pork and marinade.

    respectivamente,

    Rich

    • David Leite says:

      Hello, Rich, thanks for the kind words. Taunton, RI, is not too far from Fall River, MA, where I grew up.

      The dish you’re remember is carne com vinha d’alhos. It’s pork pieces marinated then cooked in a wine-garlic sauce and served on rolls. Here’s an article on the dish: Carne com Vinha d’Alhos.

  43. Pennie says:

    David,

    My friend, Laura, and I, have a Quarterly Cooking Adventure where we cook things we want to learn more about. This time it was my choice, and I chose recipes from your book. I lived in Lisbon many years ago, and have fond memories of the food. Your recipes are a revelation – such wonderful twists on traditional ingredients.

    We made the Peixinhos da Horta (served with both the Maionese de cilantro e gengibre and the Massa de pimentao forte) accompanied by vinho verde Gazela; Rizoto de Azeitonas Pretas, accompanied by a red Dolcetto D’Alba; and Mexilhoes de Caril over rice, using a Zanzibar curry from Savory, accompanied by a white Alento wine. Desserts were the Biscoitos de limao e azeitonas pretas with vanilla ice cream, and the Mousse de chocolate with the pink peppercorns and Portuguese flor de sal (also from Savory).

    What delicious food!! I will be cooking from this book over and over. Thank you so much for all the time you put into creating it!

  44. Amy says:

    I really love all the pictures at the beginning! I can’t wait to try the bread recipe. It looks so cute when it’s finished. I am definitely going to make this asap. YUM.
    -Amy

  45. Lisa says:

    I must have this cookbook. My grandparents on my fathers side were both fron Flores in the Azores. My older sister was lucky enough to have her wonderful children take her on a trip there this summer. The pictures made my homesick for a place I have never been. Maybe this book will fill some of that void I’m feeling for that beautiful place.

  46. Ramya says:

    Ola David, tudo bem?

    I am so excited to learn about your cookbook! I’m an Indian-American woman who is married to an Azorean-Cape Verdean (who grew up in Sao Miguel). We live in Paris and both love to cook. I’m interested in learning more about Portuguese cuisine and culinary history, so I can’t wait to order your book.

    MUITO obrigada!
    Ramya

    • David Leite says:

      Ramya,

      Thank you for your very kind words. I hope you enjoy the book. In it are several recipes from my family, which is from São Miguel.

      Ah, Paris. Was there on my birthday. We’ve made a commitment to go back one a year. WE just love it there.

  47. Nicholas says:

    Olá David.

    Picked up your book in NY on my way back to Portugal. As a fellow American living in Lisboa (Graça to be exact), where exactly is this bakery for the magical orange-olive oil cake?

    • David Leite says:

      Olá, Nicholas. The recipe is adapted from a cake that I had at a tiny, tiny resto call Pappas. It’s just up the street from the Sé Catherdral. When I visited last, after I moved from Lisbon, they were no longer serving it.

  48. Steve C says:

    Hi David,

    Received my signed copy of “New Portuguese Table’ that I won in your last round of giveaways. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BOOK! After looking over all of the new recipes, I can definitely say for my wife and I it is going to be tough to decide what to try first. Wanted to say a big THANKS for the book and all of the useful info offered on your site. Thanks again, Steve C

    • David Leite says:

      Steve, first congratulations on winning the book. It’s one of our most popular giveaways. Second, I’m so happy you like the book. I hope you enjoy it and find many recipe to make again and again. If you want suggestions, just let me know!

  49. Lidia Rego says:

    Hi David, I love the book and the recipes in it. I attended your presentation at Boston University last night and LOVED every minute of it. I love seeing Portugese people in the media, writing books, acting, singing. I feel that Portugal is a country that doesn’t get enough credit.

    • David Leite says:

      Lidia, so glad you enjoyed the presentation. The culinary students did I great job, and I enjoyed working with them. And I agree that Portugal and Portuguese people don’t get the exposure they deserve. But that’s slowly changing.

  50. Tom Cabral says:

    David,

    I rec’d The New Portuguese Table as a Christmas gift, an autographed copy I might add. I’ve been reading it over the past two days and am fascinated. Like you, I never really embraced Portuguese foods until later in life. My wife is Polish, and we celebrate many of her traditions, but now we’re sharing both cultures.

    It all started with a trip to Al Forno in Providence and their chorizo and clams. The dish was similar to your clams in a cataplana, which I’m looking forward to making with my daughters. They love to help in the kitchen, and we’re looking forward to cooking your recipes together. Not sure we’re ready to try the custard tarts though, we’ll save those for our next trip to the White Rose in Fall River…

    • David Leite says:

      Tom, thanks for writing. I hope you enjoy the book, and find many of your childhood–um, favorites–in there.

  51. David Leite says:

    MichaelB, I hope you enjoy it. if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

  52. Pedro Nunes says:

    Hi David,

    My mom just gave me a copy of your book and I love it. The mix of recipes are wonderful and the photos really whet the appetite. Now I just have to get cooking.

    Congratulations on a fantastic book.

    • David Leite says:

      Pedro, what a nice thing to say, thank you. If you have any questions, please let me know!

  53. nuno says:

    Hello David, my name is Nuno and im a big fan of this book, being an aspiring proud Portugese chef. I was born in Soajo, which is up North near Spain, so i loved seeing the Mihno in the book. Thank you for a great book. P.S. great pictured but Nuno Correia.

    • David Leite says:

      Hi Nuno, thanks for the kind words about the book. I wish you the best of luck with your culinary career. Please keep us posted as to how it goes. (And I’ll pass on your well wishes to Nuno Correia.)

  54. Maria Millier says:

    Just wanted to say that I was born in Santa Maria, Azores, and raised in Fall River as well. Though I now live in western Mass., I appreciate knowing that you, a fellow Portuguese cookbook author was raised the same way I was. My own family is from São Miguel, and let me tell you how excited my U.S.-born husband and I were to find your book with the great recipes I have made over the years, and are beginning to make some new ones you feature. We’ve visited both the Azores and Lisbon twice recently, and we’ve enjoyed your comments and wonderful stories in the front of your book, where it took us back and reminisced. Would like to know if you’re involved in any events in the Western/Central Mass. area. Cheers to you and yours!

    • David Leite says:

      Maria, thanks for your kind words. I’m so happy the book is useful to you and it served to reawaken memories from your recent trips. I’m not involved in any events in Western Mass, but I certainly wouldn’t rule it out! We visit often, as we have a home in Western Connecticut. We love it up there.

  55. Leah says:

    For Easter we used your book to make a Portuguese feast! Twenty years ago (how time flies) my husband spent two years there on a mission. He picked out the food he loved and remembered to introduce to our kids. I cooked one or two dishes every day for a week to get ready. My favorite compliment was when he walked in the door to our home and said, “It smells like Portugal in here!”

    Thank you for a great night, a fun party, and the wonderful recipes. By the way how did I cook without that Amped Up Red Pepper Sauce?

    • David Leite says:

      Leah, how wonderful. I’m so happy you enjoyed the food–especially the Amped-Up Red Pepper Paste. Oh, and your husband is spot on. When I was working on the book, if the house didn’t smell like my family’s then I knew something was wrong.

  56. Cecilia says:

    I just got my book from Amazon! I debated for a long time whether I needed another cookbook (!) and even took it out of my cart…and then put it back in!! So HAPPY I did!!!

    I’ve marked about 20 recipes with post-its of must tries :) I might make the Caldo Verde today…or the Azorean Kale, Sausage and Bean Soup. (I found some chorizo in Banff yesterday when I was there and it’s a cool dreary soup day today!)

    The breads are also particularly appealing! I’ve made Portuguese Corn Bread and Maza Sovada before, but not from your recipes. I’ve made your custard tarts from a magazine but they require police protection when near by! Or I do…I’m not sure which :)

    I love that your recipe for Olive Oil Orange Cake is in the book! I made it many times, including once for my mom and dad and Mom said it was just like hers she used to make! I can’t wait to make them the “Russian” Nut Cakes! Looking forward to the Lemon and Olive cookies and the fried cornbread as well! Mmmmm…getting hungry just talking about it all!

    David, I am also interested in becoming a Portuguese citizen. My parents emigrated with my older sister but I was born here (in Canada) shortly afterwards. Would you be willing to share the process that it took for you to get there? I would greatly appreciate it.

    Big love,
    Cecilia

  57. Carrie says:

    Chef David, Thank you so much for such a great resource! We host a private dinner club in Ohio and frequently showcase Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, since this is what I grew up on. I’m from a Portuguese family originally from California and having actual recipes as opposed to guessing is such a God-send! I made your pine-nut cookies recently for a tapas night we hosted and they are a new favorite! Thank you so much! C.

    • David Leite says:

      Carrie, first I’m not a chef, nor do I play one on TV. I’m merely a food writer and author. That being said, if I had a toque, it’d be tilted at a rakish angle! Thank you for the kind words about the pine-nut cookies. I love them, too. A real treat that reminds me of a cookie I had in the Alentejo, on my way to a sunset concert at the winery Cortes de Cima.

  58. Gary says:

    Today I just received your book as a Father’s Day gift. FYI, my maternal grandparents were from Funchal, Madeira. I am looking forward to reading and enjoying your book. Two questions: (1) what does the art work in the inside cover represent; it looks interesting. (2) Where was the photo taken that appears on the very first page; it shows a tree along a sea/river? Thank you!!! Gary

    • David Leite says:

      Hello, Gary. First, Happy Father’s Day! I hope you get much pleasure from reading the book. To answer your questions: The inside cover art is a photo taken of the tile inside the chapel at the University of Coimbra. (You can see the color version on page 95.) The shot of the tree is one I took on the north side of São Miguel; that’s Maia, my father’s hometown, in the distance.

  59. Gregory says:

    I came across your website and found this article and your book. I own a travel agency in Portugal always on the look out for all things related to Portugal. Your book looks great, I will recommend it to my clients who are mainly from the US. Best regards, Gregory

  60. Lori says:

    Hi, just reading your blog. I just came back from a 3 week vacation in San Miguel Açores. My husband was born there and moved to Providence, RI, at the age of 9. You mentioned Maia. That is where we stayed for the three weeks at my sister-in-law’s home in the Maia. I love that town. Everyone is so friendly. My husband was born in Lomba da Maia, but his grandmother and sister live in Maia. I’m going to order your cookbook and can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    • David Leite says:

      Hi Lori, welcome back. Yes, Maia is where my father’s family hails. They lived on Rua dos Foros, just down from the small school on Travessa de Rua dos Foros. I hope you enjoy the book. And if you have any questions, you know where to find me!

  61. Cindy Byrne says:

    One of the best memories of my trip this past August occurred in Faro.

    I arrived at night, hungry & sleepy and wanted a small quick bite before going to bed. I was advised to sample at Tasca do Ricky: “go outside and take the alley, make a left, make another left, you will come to a square, make a right, then another square and then you will make a right. Tasca do Ricky will be there.”

    Well….I made multiple rounds navigating left & right, then left again on those worn, white cobblestone streets past a coffee-shop, a church, and a square…again & again. I eventually learned that Tasca do Ricky is closed on Sunday, but I had a fabulous tuna sandwich that was carefully crafted by hand…down to the bread and all the toppings being freshly sliced.

    When I return to the Algarve I will revisit Faro on a weekday and check out TDR. It seemed like a small city that had some offerings overlooked by many.

    • David Leite says:

      Ruthie, Faro is a lovely small city, eight there on the sea. It’s a bit touristy, but as you quickly discovered, you can get lost (literally and figuratively) in it’s charm. I definetely encourange you to check it out hwen you return, and also hop over to Tavira. It too is a lovely small city. And while you’re there, look for the amazing door knockers they have.

      Door Knocker

  62. Lui Nobrega says:

    Does each recipe have a picture?

  63. John Martin says:

    A wonderful book, David – thank you so very much!

  64. Just finished reading through the book. I can’t wait to start cooking! Thanks for putting all of these great recipes together. My parents are from the Bairrada section of Portugal where food seems to always be a focal point. When I was growing up, my mom was always in the kitchen and I learned a lot from her. I cook everyday for my family…and usually something Portuguese. Parabéns AND Obrigado!

    • David Leite says:

      Michael, thank you for your kind words. It was a honor to write the book, and it’s a pleasure to see so many folks of Portuguese heritage enjoying the book. Muito obrigado!

  65. Please share some delicious healthy food recipes for my 18 months old baby. Now he is interested to have varieties of food.

    • David Leite says:

      italian food recipes, not being a father, nor having been around 18-month-olds, I really don’t know what kind of food they can eat. But if you pick up a copy of the book–at the store or library–you can make far better and appropriate choice than I. Now…if you’re looking for ideas for cats, I got you covered!

  66. Paulo says:

    Dear Gregory Burseau the people of lisbon are not lisboetas they are called Alfacinhas

    • David Leite says:

      Paulo, what’s the difference between alfacinhas and Lisboetas? I’ve heard–and have used–both terms.

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