Brazil: Ready for Its Culinary Close-Up
Can you name a famous Brazilian chef? What about a famous Brazilian restaurant?
If you can answer either of the above, you’re in a very small minority. The truth is that most Americans are more likely to associate Brazil with a certain über-famous supermodel than they are with a celebrity chef. And one of the closest connections to cuisine comes in the form of the native açaí berry, which is to American health food trends what samba is to the cardio dance craze. Brazil has undoubtedly made a mark on the United States, but up until now, that influence hasn’t touched the food scene.
photos clockwise from left: Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro; D.O.M. chef Alex Atala; a young soccer fan sports his country’s colors; Brazilian cattle at sunset.
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