Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-5231-8 • Hardback • September 2016 • $47.00 • (£36.00)
978-1-4422-5232-5 • eBook • September 2016 • $44.50 • (£34.00)
Marcia Zoladz is a cookbook author and journalist. Her books include Brigadeiros e Bolinhas –and Sobremesas e Doces Brasileiros about Brazilian desserts and sweets, winner of the World Cookbooks Award in the Patisserie and Sweets category, Brazil, 2013. Marcia also writes regularly for magazines in Brazil, Europe, and Angola, Africa. As a food historian, Marcia is an active member of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery in England. Her website is Cozinha da Marcia at www.cozinhadamarcia.com.br.
Chapter 1: The Material Resources: Land, Water, and Air
Chapter 2: Food In a Carioca Way – The First Inhabitants
Chapter 3: What Is The Food Legacy of Later Immigration?
Chapter 4: Markets and Retailing
Chapter 5: Restaurants And Eating Out In The City
Chapter 6: Historic Cookbooks, How to Follow The History of the Recipes
With all the current attention lavished on Rio de Janeiro due to its hosting the summer 2016 Olympic Games, foodies may wonder what the city has to offer them. Zoladz outlines the history of Rio’s foodways, noting the centuries of influence, from indigenous peoples through the arrival of the Portuguese. Although Portugal became the nation’s colonial overlord, other Europeans, such as the French, had a hand in Brazil’s cuisine. Cassava and other natives stayed central to Carioca cooking, and as city water supplies improved, other native fruits and vegetables poured into Rio’s markets. Eighteenth-century importation of African slaves to work the sugar cane fields brought diverse cooking styles and ingredients from hosts of regional African tribes and nations. In the last century, Eastern Europeans and Middle Easterners fleeing their countries’ upheavals added to the mix, and kibbeh, Lebanon’s national dish, has become a Rio commonplace within a cosmopolitan setting.
Enhanced with the inclusion of four pages of Notes, a four page Bibliography, and an eight page Index, Rio de Janeiro: A Food Biography is an informed and informative culinary/cultural history that is a consistently compelling read from beginning to end. Of special note is the chapter on 'Historic Cookbooks: How to Follow the History of the Recipes'. While strongly recommended for community, college, and university library Culinary History collections in general, and Brazilian Popular Culture supplemental studies lists in particular, it should be noted for students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.
— Midwest Book Review
Reading Rio de Janeiro: A Food Biography is a delightful discovery of the ways in which immigration and geography have influenced the food culture of the city from the colonial era to the present. Written for a lay audience, Zoladz mixes explanations of culinary influences with favorite Brazilian recipes such as moqueca, feijoada, and bobo de camarão. Readers will also discover lesser-known specialties like kibbeh, an adaptation of a Middle Eastern recipe, and herrings with cream, a dish brought by the Jewish immigrants who relocated to Rio post-World War II. The book is a solid contribution to understanding the ways that patterns of food production, preparation, and consumption come to define place and tie us to our environments.
— Annie McNeill Gibson, Administrative Assistant Professor, Center for Global Education at Tulane University
Rio de Janeiro: A Food Biography is a sweeping and engaging history recounting how indigenous and imported food items have shaped what we call Brazilian food. Particularly interesting is how Zoladz examines the different waves of immigration as well as how Portuguese, Middle Eastern, Italian and Jewish cultures influenced the use of now traditional ingredients in Brazilian classics, for which the author also provides recipes. Notably, Zoladz also accounts for the critical impact of slavery and the many Afro-Brazilian culinary traditions that are so foundational for Rio’s food culture.
— Elena Shtromberg, University of Utah