AZOREAN COOKINGFrom My Family Table to Yours
Maria Lawton

A custom publication from Azorean Green Bean

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  • Paperback, 10 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • 160 pages, Full-color art
  • 978-0989417235
  • $27.95 US

When Maria Lawton was six years old, her family emigrated from the Azorean Island of Sao Miguel part of a stunning archipelago off mainland Portugal to New Bedford, MA, a thriving Portuguese community. Like many new Americans, food and cooking were central to Maria s family; her father s vegetable garden covered their backyard, and if Maria couldn t find her mother cooking on the first floor of their three-family house, she was sure to find her grandmother baking something upstairs.

Longing to recreate these important meals for her own family, Maria resolved to document the cooking that was a vital part of her childhood. This quest returned her to Sao Miguel, where she rediscovered her family’s traditional recipes.

Azorean Cooking will transport you to a kitchen as fragrant as your grandmother’s. Traditional, homey dishes such as Arroz Doce (Sweet Rice Pudding), Massa Sovada (Sweet Bread) and Sopa de Couve (Kale Soup) and Azorean classics such as Cozido (Boiled Dinner), Caçoila (Marinated Pork), and Camarão Moçambique (Shrimp Mozambique) build a bridge between generations. No matter your heritage, this charming cookbook is a pleasure, providing the perfect introduction to the culture, food, and heritage of this remarkable region.

Maria Lawton was born on the semi-tropical island of Sao Miguel in the village called Rosario de Lagoa. When she was six her parents and siblings moved permanently to the United States. They settled in southeastern Massachusetts, which has been a huge Portuguese enclave for over a hundred years. The area has a rich history of seafood and farming, and there are fantastic bakeries and butchers and restaurants that prepare dishes in the traditional manner, but what she craved most as an adult were the dishes her mother and grandmother made when she was younger.

They lived in a three-family house in the city of New Bedford, and if her mom wasn’t cooking on the first floor she could be sure to go upstairs and find her grandmother baking something on the second floor. Her mother didn’t like anyone watching her cook, so she often hid behind her grandmother’s apron to help. She has so many great memories of going up and down the stairs to get tastes from their pans, but she didn’t appreciate those times until they were well in the past.