Hi I am Nelson.
I found this site by reading the latest edition of Milk Street Magazine. With over 70 cookbooks (and counting much to the chagrin of my wife) this tool is indispensable as I cannot recall where a recipe is without putting a "post it note" on the page. Most of the time I just google a recipe but EYB takes me back to the cookbooks I cherish.
I first began dabbling in the kitchen at the age of 13. A few years ago I fulfilled a lifelong fantasy of working in a professional kitchen for free inspired by Bill Buford's book "Heat". I worked at a Portuguese restaurant here in my town and I must say I loved every minute of it and I learned quite a lot. While I grew up in a Portuguese family in Newark, NJ surrounded by great Portuguese food at home (my dad cooked most of the meals) I thought I knew it all about Portuguese food. I was so wrong...the experience of working in that kitchen taught me so much. I wrote about the experience in several pieces and posted on the Facebook group I administer "Cooking Portuguese Food" which currently has over 15,000 members.
I started the Facebook group "Cooking Portuguese Food” for people who wanted to cook Portuguese food but weren’t fluent in Portuguese to read online recipes in Portuguese. I am fluent (read, write and speak) in Portuguese but many Portuguese descendants that migrated all over the world are not. So I created the page to help them cook the food their elder’s made but the recipe and technique was long forgotten. Members typically ask does anyone have a recipe for (fill in the blank) and people respond with recipes in English and provide feedback, tips and assistance with making that dish. It’s like having grandma in the room with you looking over your shoulder. But the group has also become a celebration of Portuguese food with people from all over the world contributing personal recipes. In this way I hope to continue the wonderful (but many times overlooked) culinary traditions of my culture since the group is open to all.
I am not a professional chef and although I wish I had pursued that earlier in life I don’t look back on it too much because I cook every day for myself and my family. In addition we always host holidays and parties so it’s like having an exclusive restaurant for my family and friends.