I can’t stress enough how important it is to celebrate our culture, to promote our talents and to pass down our passions to new generations—because there are certain things in life that are bigger than any of us. A book that highlight the best of what’s made in Portugal, in a region, in a market like Bolhão, will not only inspire people to come live and breathe our story, but they’ll help us appreciate what we already have. To me, Bolhão is more than a market. It’s our soul. It’s our roots. Because once we lose our roots, nothing else grows. - Rui Paula, award-winning chef and founder of DOC, DOP and Boa Nova restaurants in the North of Portugal, as well as Recife in Brazil.
A look at what makes Bolhão Market so special
David Leite, author of the award-winning cookbook The New Portuguese Table
This book is a visual and gustatory hymn to the honest, simple foods of Northern Portugal as well as a portrait of the proud and welcoming vendors of Bolhão Market who sell and cook it. Flipping through its pages, I felt a tremendous sense of saudades—an indescribable longing—for my adopted country.
Ana Patuleia Ortins, author of Portuguese Homestyle Cooking and Authentic Portuguese Cooking
This book is a wonderful culinary journey through the history of Bolhão market, the city of Porto and the little known wonderful recipes of Northern Portugal. An exploration and delicious education rolled into one, this book is a must have and deserves to be part of one's Portuguese culinary library. It certainly will be part of mine.
Bill Ward, Minneapolis Star Tribune Wine Columnist, Independent wine journalist and blogger, decant-this.com
"This is not just an eminently readable and resonant book. It's also an important book, providing keen insight into something essential and timeless. It brings to life these people and this place; a rich culture, and the past, present and future of an indelible part of Portuguese culture."
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Gabriella Opaz and Sonia Andresson Nolasco have provided an immense service to the gastronomic world in chronicling the old ways of the Portuguese grandmothers, presenting a natural history of one of the most complex and elegant and largely unknown cuisines. The book is incredibly rich in soulful, piquant detail, and the photographs are just stunningly beautiful - a sensual feast. - Randall Grahm, founder of Bonny Doon Winery, James Beard award winner, and author of the award-winning book, Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology