Hello to all my “Portuguese Foodies”!
I have an amazing GIVEAWAY for you this month!
WIN a FREE – LaSalette Cook Book and a FREE $50 Gift Certificate to LaSalette Restaurant in Sonoma CA courtesy of Chef Manuel Azevedo!
Just leave a comment at the end of the end of this post or on my Tia Maria’s Blog to enter to win! *
*Contest has ended 10/30/2012* Thanks for participating!
I tried to come up some catchy phrases to describe the Chef Manuel Azevedo’s cook book; LaSalette Restaurant – Cozinha Nova Portuguesa, but one world says it all. Spectacular!
The Chef begins his book with the heartfelt Portuguese custom of greeting guests! ….Bem-Vindo! “Welcome to the LaSalette Restaurant cookbook and the thank you for letting me share with you my passion for Portuguese cuisine and my vision for it.” Chef Manuel Azevedo
By beginning the first chapter with a very familiar story of family and sacrifice which most Portuguese immigrants can relate to, Chef Azevedo makes an instant connection to the reader by taking us on a personal journey of how he developed his passion for Portuguese cuisine and how it inspired his menu at LaSalette Restaurant in Sonoma CA. which is named after the person who taught him to cook, his mother, LaSalette.
“My mother, LaSalette, instilled in my my love of cooking and Portuguese cuisine, and some of my earliest memories revolve around food. I can still smell the smoky aroma of linguica curing over an open stove.” Chef Azevedo
As I read further along, I learned that the chef and I have a shared passion. We want to inspire people to learn about our unique Portuguese cuisine and we want to promote it, so that it can receive the recognition that it deserves.
“My personal mission is to do whatever I can to put Portuguese cuisine in its rightful place alongside other great cuisines in the United States. Because the truth is, if we want to survive and prosper as a culture, we need to make an impact, not merely be present.” Chef Azevedo
But this is not a standard cook book with a copulation of recipes. This cook book is a learning tool for anyone that wants to learn about how Portuguese flavors work in creating not only the traditional classics but how the flavors can help you to “Think Like a Portuguese Chef” (page 322) and to create your own interpretation on the classics in your own kitchen.
The book is massive, with 370 pages and 270 recipes which include US and metric conversions. The chapter titled; Flavor Toolkit, has recipes for all the classic spice blends and flavor profiles used in Portuguese cuisine. In this book, you will learn recipes from the basics such as Piri Piri sauce, soups, main dishes, breads and pastries which include the all time Azorean classic Massa Sovada (Sweet Bread).
The stunning and beautiful photos of pallet tempting dishes taken by Portuguese Photographer, Henrigue Bagulho will leave you craving the flavor of Portugal and inspire you to try the recipes.
“For me like for most Portuguese, eating is not merely the consumption of food. It is an act of appreciation! Chef Manuel Azevedo.
In Chapter’s titled Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter the chef takes us with him on his personal journey through Portugal where we are given a connoisseurs brief history lesson about the unique flavors that make up Portuguese cuisine. The recipes in Cozinha Nova Portuguesa (New Portuguese Cuisine) incorporate these traditional flavors with the local fresh ingredients of Sonoma CA, to create a unique menu that has received rave reviews by his customers since 1998.
“It’s been nearly 15 years since LaSalette welcomed it’s first guests and I’m ever thankful, they’re still coming back for more.” Chef Azevedo
Visit the LaSalette website to purchase the NEW Cookbook, gift certificates, and quality products such as spices, piri piri sauce and embroidered apparel.
I encourage you to buy this cook book because this is a book that will be passed down to the next generation! It’s a perfect book not only for the special “Portuguese Cook” in your life but for someone that is just beginning to learn about the extraordinary cuisine that inspired the cuisines of countries all over the world!
Congratulations to another great Portuguese American Chef on this outstanding achievement. If you’d like to contact the chef to congratulate him you may reach him at LaSalette!
Sample video of the stunning dishes in Chef Manuel Azevedo’s cook book
Random drawing to be held on October 30th. 1 Winner will be notified by email or Facebook message.
Please share this contest and enter today! Tia Maria…