Author(s): George Mendes
Chef George Mendes was raised in a food-loving Portuguese family and after years of cooking with the best chefs around the world, returned to his roots with the opening of his Manhattan restaurant, Aldea. His critically acclaimed dishes fuse the flavours of Portugal with the global haute cuisine ingredients and techniques he acquired through years of training. In My Portugal he offers 125 mouthwatering recipes and the stories behind them, ranging from culinary childhood recollections to his insider's guide to Portugal's regional cuisines. In addition to a selection of his restaurant recipes, such as his signature Duck Rice and Garlic Seared Shrimp, Mendes offers his takes on classic Portuguese dishes, such as a warming Salt Cod, Potato and Egg Casserole. In all of his dishes, Mendes retains the spirit of the authentic originals while adding his own touches that make his food irresistible.
George Mendes is the chef and owner of Aldea, his Portuguese-inflected restaurant, in New York City and a fast-rising culinary star. He spent nearly twenty years honing his natural talent under the guidance of some of the world's greatest chefs before opening Aldea in May 2009. Mendes's restaurant won a star rating from the 2011 and 2012 Michelin Guides. Mendes received one of the industry's most coveted honors when he was named one of Food & Wine magazine's ten "Best New Chefs." Genevieve Ko is food writer whose work appears in cookbooks, magazines, websites and digital and social media