A young achiever with energy in abundance and a passion for Brazilian cuisine, chef Ana Luiza Trajano opened the restaurant Brasil a Gosto while still in her twenties, and published the eponymous book just a couple of years later, documenting much of her research into the country’s diverse regional cuisine, gleened on travels across 24 states. That research, over the years, has inspired a number of limited-edition menus at the restaurant, and now, her second book, the glossy tome of recipes, ingredients and techniques from around the country, Cardápios do Brasil, published in October 2013.
Cardápios do Brasil is a hardback coffee table book and an immersion in Brazilian cuisine, with 47 recipes, a comprehensive glossary of Brazilian ingredients (with text in Portuguese, English and French), accompanied by stunning photography, and a chapter detailing how 22 staple ingredients are produced, such as manioc flour.
Celebrating the launch, Trajano has devised a five-course menu at Brasil a Gosto featuring some of the book’s most emblematic recipes. Start with a taste of Maranhão with the casquinha de siri com farofa de sururu (crab pastry parcels with a sururu mollusc crumb topping), rounding off with a taste of the Amazon in a trio of desserts, including a bacuri fruit pudim (caramel flan) and the banana paste bananada.
Cardápios do Brasil is published by Editora Senac (R$249 RRP)
The Cardápios do Brasil tasting menu is being served at Brasil a Gosto (Rua Azevedo de Amaral 70, Jardim Paulista, 3086 3565) from 29 Nov–29 Feb 2014. Prices R$175; R$205 with wine. Dishes can also be ordered individually.