The Portuguese Travel Cookbook, by Nelson Carvalheiro, is more of a travelogue than a cookbook. Carvalheiro, a popular Portuguese blogger and winner of the 2015 World FITUR Travel Blogger award, toured his home country, focusing on the traditional foods of Portugal as well as the restaurants making their mark on the food traditions of the country.
The book is full of beautiful photos and recipes, but the best part of the book, to me, is Carvalheiro’s descriptions of the foods and traditions of Portugal. The recipes are pretty basic, but Carvalheiro shows great respect and love for his country and the food.
We had the pleasure of dining at one of the restaurants Carvalheiro writes about, Ze Manel dos Ossos, in Coimbra. It’s a wonderful little restaurant and the food, what I would describe as Portuguese country cooking, was great. I will use the Portuguese Travel Cookbook as a guide to exploring more of the food and cooking of Portugal on our next visit.