Rio de Janeiro-based chef and activist Teresa Corção has made it her life's work to learn about native Brazilian ingredients and to support the people who produce them by helping bring those foods to market. And though she has great respect for all of Brazil's native foods, manioc is far and away her favorite and. Not only is it foundational to all of Brazil's diverse cuisines, but the root is Brazil's gift to the world.
Did you know that manioc (also commonly known as cassava, yuca and tapioca) is the fifth most important source of calories in the world? It trails behind the other world staples maize, wheat, rice and potatoes. Now imagine if those foods had never had any cookbook written in culinary tribute to them. Seems not only improbable, but impossible, right?
That's how we feel about the lack of culinary literature on manioc, which is native to the Amazon region of Brazil. And we're seeking to change all that with our forthcoming book, "The Manioc Route: Exploring the Foundations of Brazilian Cuisine with Teresa Corção".
Now, Chef Corção and independent writer and
multi-media producer, Sara Franklin, are teaming up to write a book about
manioc root, its many uses in Brazilian cuisine, its producers. We will also devote a chapter to the uses of manioc in other parts of the world, and international chefs who have found creative uses for the root.
"The Manioc Route" will combine recipes, history, travel reporting and memoir.
In addition to a print edition, we will create web-ready videos and
audio slideshows, as well as an interactive version for e-readers and tablets.
With its booming economy, the approach of the 2014 World Cup and 2016
Olympics, it's clear-- Brazil's moment is now! And with the growing
interest in artisanal foods and cooking, we can't think of a better time
to publish a book on such an important, yet under-publicized, culinary
and cultural staple.
We need YOUR help to support the extensive travel we and our photographer will be doing over the next calendar year in order to complete our research. Anything you can give would be greatly, greatly appreciated!
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