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The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal

Exciting News! The Second Edition of our award-winning book has been published by Agate and is now available internationally. Click here to learn more about the new cover, new title, new content!!

What started out as a love letter to Porto, turned into a three-year project collecting the life and food stories of nearly 100 vendors inside Bolhão Market. The result is a documentary in a book that captures our passion for Portugal and the Portuguese, combined with a cry for the preservation of one of the oldest open-air markets in Europe. Page after page, we make an emotional and riveting case for traditional markets as the base for mindful eating, sustainable food systems and healthier and happier communities. 

As you turn the page and begin your journey, please remember that this isn’t your traditional cookbook, coffee table book or culinary anthropology. Our goal is to have you feel, to break open your senses and taste, smell and see life in a different way. If you love to lose yourself in evocative storytelling, or feel strongly about how food gets to your table, and are always game for a foodie adventure, this book is for you! Full of charismatic characters, enchanting destinations, mouthwatering foods, powerful commentary and photos that’ll make your mind travel, here you’ll find more on the table than in your typical food book. We’re hungry for your feedback! Check it out, we think you’ll like it.

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