Chef George Mendes owner of Aldea Restaurant has his new cook book set to launch on October 7,2014. The chef shares some of his recipes and takes us on a journey exploring his culinary roots which eventually led to his success and earning his Aldea Restaurant a Michelin Star!
He is also opening a new restaurant possibly named; “A CERVEJARIA”that will feature rustic Portuguese inspired dishes prepared on Wood cooking and will include many beers.
Michelin-starred Aldea chef George Mendes is opening a second restaurant where he “plans to tap into his heritage to open a rustic Portuguese,” Florence Fabricant reports. Mendes isn’t sharing the name of the new spot just yet, but says on Twitter that it will be “rustic, authentic, shellfish, Wood cooking and Many craft beers on tap: A CERVEJARIA.” Mendes also tells Eater “It will be different from Aldea — same flavors but the cooking will be rustic, gutsy, FUN, and true to my roots and up-bringing.” Expect a “very large dining bar” with beer, wine, and craft cocktails. The space, which is at 29th st. and 6th ave., is under construction and slated to open in December. (credits: eater.com http://ny.eater.com/2014/7/22/6182889/george-mendes-plans-a-rustic-portuguese-restaurant)
Pre-order: My Portugal/Recipes & Stories – Chef George Mendes
Read the amazing reviews from; Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud and more below!
“One of my favorite chefs has at last written a delicious tome that evokes the delicate balance between fantasy travel to the western Mediterranean and local farming in the USA. The poetic recipes and the mellifluous prose inspire me to shop, to sing fados, and to celebrate and cook these alternately exotic and recognizable simple and evocative dishes for my family. This book makes me hungry for a visit to both Aldea in NYC and the Algarve [in Portugal] and will immediately join my kitchen library on the ‘use now and forever’ shelf.”
(Mario Batali, chef/entrepreneur)
“I have long admired George’s thoughtful, evocative cooking at Aldea. The stories and recipes in My Portugal show the passion, warmth, and generosity of spirit that make his food so delicious.”
(Daniel Patterson, chef of Coi Restaurant in San Francisco)
“George is a creative genius whose culinary talent shines through each and every one of his dishes. His passion and love for Portuguese cuisine is inspiring and evident in all that he does! His recipes are simply delicious and will leave readers with a strong appreciation for Portugal and its cuisine!”
(Eric Ripert, chef of Le Bernardin in New York City)
“George is an amazing chef, and we share the common approach of bringing our own personal food heritage to New York City. His cuisine is filled with the intensely satisfying flavors of a casual Portuguese feast—updated with a beautifully modern presentation and technique du jour. I can see you trying these recipes at home while sipping a nice chilled glass of vinho verde!”
(Daniel Boulud, chef/owner, The Dinex Group)
“This book is a perfect example of an amazing chef cooking the cuisine that flows through his veins. George is cooking the food that is embedded in his DNA and it just so happens to be gorgeous and delicious!”
(Sean Brock, chef of Husk Restaurants in Charleston and Nashville)
About the Author
George Mendes is a Michelin-starred chef and owner of Aldea in New York City. Named one of Food & Wine magazine’s ten “Best New Chefs” in 2011, Mendes is regularly featured in national newspapers, magazines, and websites, along with television appearances, including a run on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Genevieve Ko is a food writer who has coauthored cookbooks with several internationally renowned chefs. Ko is currently the contributing food editor at Health.
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