Renowned for the biodiversity of its Amazon forests and the lesser-known Mata Atlantica, Brazil also has an incredibly rich culinary scene that stretches from Pernambuco in the northeast to Rio Grande do Sul in the far south.
Like everything else in Brazil, traditional cuisines are often a fusion of traditional recipes from a range of cultures. In this episode of Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, you’ll find a Euro-centric take on Amazonian cuisine, bold Brazilian sushi, and a piping hot Afro-Bahian seafood stew.
Elsewhere, Anthony Bourdain explores Brazil’s two most famous cultural hubs when he visits Sao Paulo in The Layover and Rio de Janeiro in No Reservations: Rio. In Sao Paulo, Tony joins his Paulista pals and visits the highly esteemed restaurant Mocotó for some of the staples of Northeast Brazil, including mocotó itself, a stew of dried meat, cow’s foot, sausage, bacon, and salt pork. In the cidade maravilhosa, Tony discovers “perfection in a dish” when he digs into the Brazilian national treasure feijoada and happily throws back a few caipirinhas.
Finally, in Booze Traveler, Jack Maxwell joins South America’s largest street procession in Rio, tries his hand, er, foot, at footvolley, and downs shots of cachaça with locals at a spirited samba party.
So bring a little Brazil home and enjoy all the culinary delights it has to offer!