The 10 commandments of Brazilian cuisine
Thou shalt frequent restaurants which are authentic and picturesque but not necessarily folkloric. It is these simple places where, in general, you can find good traditional food. Informality and simplicity can also be signs of sophistication.
Thou shalt never order snacks and appetizers before main dish such as Brazilian stews like Feijoada. They will either spoil your appetite or you will commit the sin of gluttony.
Remember to reserve Sundays and festive days to appreciate regional foods. This is when restaurants and communities take pains to offer their best.
Thou shalt not have prejudice against what accompanies Brazilian cuisine: besides beer, caipirinha and cachaça, a good wine
is always very welcome. And a good wine list too.
While travelling, remember to prioritize drinks, dishes, snacks, appetizers and desserts which are local or are made of local ingredients. In general, it is not a good idea to try a seafood dish in the middle of backcountry or a dish with Amazonian ingredients on the coast.
Thou shalt not covet other people’s way of dining: demanding French minimalism, lightness of Oriental cuisines
and sophistication of chic restaurants of NY from Brazilian dishes. They are more informal and rustic, with more vigorous
and tropical form. Not better, not worse. Different.
Thou shalt not take the holy name of Brazilian dishes in vain: a moqueca is a moqueca and it should always be served in a clay pot; a feijoada without its bowl is not a feijoada and so on and so forth.
Thou shalt not expect to have the French way of serving in a Brazilian cuisine restaurant: serve yourself what you most like from the pans on the table. That doesn’t mean that dishes can’t and shouldn’t be well presented or that a dish can’t arrive on a plate, as long as characteristics of each delicacy are respected.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s dish. Though it always looks better than ours,
it belongs to the one who saw and ordered it first.
ULTIMATE AND UNIVERSAL COMMANDMENT: ENJOY YOUR MEAL!
BECAUSE WHAT ENTERS THE MOUTH IS NEVER BAD.
BAD THINGS ARE THOSE THAT COME OUT OF THE MOUTH OF MAN.