Leite’s Culinaria – The New Portuguese Table Cook Book


Author, David Leite’s, The New Portuguese Table cook book, takes him on a nostalgic trip back to Portugal.

His recipes will inspire you to try the classic dishes with his own unique take on the originals while bringing back memories of your own family traditions.

As I prepared one of my favorite dishes, “Cod Fish Cakes” (Pataniscas de Bacalhau), I became slightly teary eyed with the memory of my dear mother standing beside me, teaching me how to cook almost the identical recipe when I was a young girl so many years ago.

The book won the 2010 International  Association of Culinary Professionals’ First Book | Julia Child Award.

Visit David’s website;  Leite’s Culinaria website to read great reviews by newspapers such as The New York Times, Bon Appetite, The Miami Herald and other great members of the culinary press.

In 1999, David founded Leite’s Culinaria long before blogs became popular. In 2006, he and former food editor, Linda Avery, became the first winners ever of a James Beard Award for a website and received the award again in 2007. The website has thousands of recipes including some Portuguese, award winning writings, David’s Blahg, and amazing daily giveaways along with; “Hot food and dry wit, delivered fresh daily since 1999” Leitesculinaria.com


I asked David what his favorite Portuguese dish is? The classic Carne Alentejana of course, he replied!


Manny the Milkman
Official Mascot of Leite’s Culinaria
Manny may be new to you, but in fact, he’s been around for decades. He first made an appearance in 1966 when one day Momma Leite looked at David and said, “Hey, kid, you know something? You’re the milkman’s son!” Perplexed, David looked at his father, then his mother, then back at his father. They both nodded solemnly. He walked to his room shaking his head, wondering how on earth Mr. Lawton, their milkman, could be his father, seeing as he was old enough to be Momma Leite’s father. It took him several days, but he finally figured it out. “Leite” means milk in Portuguese. David’s dad is Manny, who’s a man and has the last name of Leite, er milk. Ergo, David is the milk man’s son. When Manny asked to come on board as LC’s official mascot, he was welcomed with open arms. Because he’s eternally in a crisp white uniform, which he’s careful not to sully, Manny eats only white food, such as Forked Mashed Potatoes, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and, of course, Cereal Milk. http://leitesculinaria.com/about

Subscribe to the Leite’s Culinaria newsletter to receive updates, like the page on FaceBook which I highly recommend, or visit the website for fantastic recipes and giveaways which are posted daily!

David’s new culinary venture is his new podcast Talking With My Mouth Full. You may subscribe to the podcast in iTunes here .

Get yourself a copy today! Go back, explore your cultural roots, start cooking and carry on the traditions of our Portuguese cuisine! !


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  1. Dora Costa says:

    Would love this book!

  2. Karen Dunbar says:

    I would LOVE this cookbook!

  3. Melissa Boyer says:

    Love Portuguese food, would LOVE to have this cookbook!!!

  4. Diaan says:

    A taste of my parent’s land, “The New Portuguese Table” is a great way for generations of Americans to commemorate their family roots.

  5. Cheryl Mattos says:

    I would love to see some recipes from somebody else’s Mom!

  6. Patricia Da Cruz says:

    I would love to win this cook book so that I can learn new ways of cooking amazing and delicious classic portuguese meals.

  7. Ammy Belle says:

    I didn’t know that about Manny the Milkman – that’s so brilliant and such a cute story! Cannot wait to check out this book! 🙂

  8. Irene Teixeira says:

    As a cooking enthusiast, I would love to enjoy this new cookbook. 🙂

  9. jorosa says:

    I would love to have this cook book!

  10. Marisa says:

    I got this book from the library a while back and was really impressed. I’d love to own it!

  11. Kelly Turner says:

    My parents are both from Terceira and I grew up with all the delicious portuguese food. I would love this book not only to share in my love of portuguese food with my husband but to also pass down some of famous dishes to my young daughter.

  12. veRONIca says:

    Mmm this sounds delicious! I would love to learn how to make some of the delicious food my Vavo makes

  13. Maria says:

    Love your website! Being Portuguese and moved to Myrtle Beach,SC I miss all the things I took for granted in New Jersey. So I find myself baking bread, I cant get from mom and friends anymore, and learning to cook recipes I would normally would wait to eat at moms. THank you!

  14. Debbie Silva says:

    I would LOVE to win this book and learn how to make all the wonderful food I grew up with as a child! Viva Portugal!!!

  15. MARIA COSTA says:

    Proud to be Portuguese and love all of our Azoreans recipes. Since mom and dad passed away l have been able to concentrate on cooking like l used to. Winning this book would make me want to remember how to cook Portuguese again.

  16. MARIA COSTA says:

    Proud to be Portuguese and love all of our Azoreans recipes. Since mom and dad passed away l haven’t been able to concentrate on cooking like l used to. Winning this book would make me want to remember how to cook Portuguese again.

  17. Diane Christenson says:

    Would love a opportunity to try some of your favorite recipes!

  18. Liz Sousa says:

    Would love to win this cookbook! Need more Portuguese recipes to experiment with and wow my family! 🙂

  19. Susette Rodrigues says:

    Love to cook Portuguese for my friends and family… This book would be a great addition to my cook book collection. TY

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