Cook the Book: 'The New Portuguese Table'

20100809thenewportuguesetable.jpgWhile I like to consider myself fairly familiar with European cuisines, there is one country where my food knowledge is shamefully lacking. If you were to ask me about Portuguese cuisine, I might be able to mumble something about salt cod and Vihno Verde but apart from that, I'd be entirely out of answers.

But this week all of that is about to change. We're going to share a week's worth of recipes from David Leite's The New Portuguese Table, traveling through the country's 11 provinces and learning all about their distinctly Mediterranean cuisine.

Even if you aren't familiar with Portuguese food, chances are you already know David Leite. As a contributor to virtually every food media outlet out there, winner of multiple James Beard awards, and founder of his namesake website Leite's Culinaria, Leite has taken it upon himself to share the cuisine of Portugal. While the country and its food might seem exotic and unfamiliar at first, Leite is quick to inform us that the majority of ingredients (fresh fish, olive oil, tomatoes, bay leaves, cilantro) are readily available and the recipes are simple, hearty and satisfying.

This week our Portuguese table is going to be laid out with quite a spread including Fried Stuffed Olives, Azorean Kale, Sausage, and Bean Soup, and "Russians" Nut Cakes and Milk Liqueur for dessert.

Win 'The New Portuguese Table'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Clarkson Potter, we are giving away five (5) copies of The New Portuguese Table this week. All you have to do is tell us about your a cuisine that you wish you knew more about in the comments section below.