Giveaway! LaSalette Restaurant Cookbook – Cozinha Nova Portuguesa & Gift Certificate

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 this post or like the post on my Facebook page to enter to win! *

*CONTEST HAS ENDED – 10/30/2012*


RDiorio – Cookbook

PMoreira – Gift Certificate



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

LaSalette-Restaurant – Facebook page

Read More: Face Book Page – Henrique Mano – Luso Americano

Random drawing to be held on October 30th. 2 Winners- 1  for the (cook book) and 1 winner for the (Gift Certificate) will be notified by email or Facebook message.

Please share this contest and enter today!

*CONTEST HAS ENDED – 10/30/2012*


RDiorio – Cookbook

PMoreira – Gift Certificate

27 Responses

  1. Carla Walecka says:

    I love to cook Portuguese food and would love try try this cookbook!

  2. Ann says:

    Looking forward to trying new recipes from your cookbook.

  3. Caroline Gimes says:

    I am so glad the cookbook has been released! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  4. Rebecca DiIorio says:

    I love Portuguese cuisine just as much as my husband. I plan on returning to Sonoma and would love a chance to dine at La Salette. The cookbook is such a nice bonus! This blog is excellent!

  5. Dora Costa says:

    I would love this cookbook and to go to LaSalette!

  6. Janis Bosenko says:

    I have this book plus I bought another as a gift. I will
    Probably buy more as gifts. The photographs
    Are beautiful. Chef Azevedo’s recipes are approachable
    For the home cook. Most importantly they reflect his heart
    And soul.

  7. Emerson says:

    The magic of Portuguese food just adds to the magical world that is Portugal.

  8. Tia Maria says:

    Great feedback from all you! I can’t wait to try LaSalette’s Menu!

  9. susan leroy says:

    the food (delacasies ) at the restaraunt sound and look deliscious . !!!!!!

    have a wonderfull day!!!

  10. Sheryl Pimentel says:

    Dinner at LaSallette is on my bucket list! Manuel Azevedo’s Cookbook would be icing on my Portuguese cake! 🙂

  11. Ines Swaney says:

    Sounds like I coookbook I must own, and a restaurant I must visit soon! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Tia Maria says:

    Great comments everyone! Good Luck!

  13. Marlene says:

    I loved the food at LaSalette, very delicious!

  14. Angela Lemos says:

    What a great addition to any kitchen. To be able to share with my children about food from their ancestors’ home would be wonderful.

  15. Walter Sachs says:

    I’d love to win the cookbook as a gift for my wife Claudia. Her maiden name is Rocha and she is from the Central Valley. I have had the great delight of tasting some wonderful Portuguese food cooked by her Vava. I especially love linguica and eggs, and I enjoy the sopas when we go to a festa. I can’t wait for our next trip to Sonoma so we can visit LaSallette! The best of luck in your great adventure!

  16. Tia Maria says:

    Thanks to all of you for the great comments! Good Luck on Oct 30th

  17. Lena says:

    A friend shared this on Facebook. Looking forward to eating at LaSalette’s with all the great reviews I’ve read so far.

  18. MARIA says:

    I’ve been wanting to go up to Sonoma to check out your restaurante but haven’t gotten a chance yet. I would love to win your cookbook and try your yummy looking recipes. I love to cook Portuguese food and host family and friends who love to eat it.I was born and raised in the Island of Terceira Acores and came to CA in 1978 but still hold strong to my Portuguese traditions 🙂

  19. Ana Paula says:

    Super looking forward to this cookbook!! Azorean cuisine showcased in such a beautiful and elegant form. Thank you!!

  20. Ana says:

    Would love to win the cookbook after an excellent meal at Lasalette!

  21. Christina Barboza says:

    Wish that the Portuguese community in San Diego would promote more of our culture!

  22. Grace tavares says:

    Keep portuguese cusine alive!!!! I am portuguese but raised in California and love that finally there is a beautiful cookbook to showcase portuguese dishes to share with everyone.

  23. Dora Costa says:

    I have not been, but would love to go there. The cookbook was be great! My favorite food!

  24. Jodi says:

    Mmm Portuguese food is the best… Would love to have this cookbook to enjoy cooking and sharing more recipes for family and friends:)

  25. Sonia says:

    I would love to add this cookbook to my collection. the restaurant is a little too far for me to go to, since I live in RI, but who knows… maybe someday 🙂

  26. Sue says:

    This looks like a great cookbook!

  27. Tia Maria says:

    Congrats to RDiorio – Winner of LaSalette Cook Book
    PMoreira – LaSalette Gift Certificate!

    Thanks to all for Participating!
    Tia Maria

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