Weird Foods of Portugal:Adventures of an Expat

Thirteen beautifully-written stories plus bonus material leap off the page with unexpected detail about the port city.


Porto’s iconic Casa da Música hosts a fight in the cafeteria when a cantankerous, stocking cap-wearing tuba player erupts over his taxes supporting the arts.


But, it’s the seamy side of town discovered first when conniving real estate agents and attorney lock the author into a lease where she is – quite naturally – often presumed to be a prostitute.


The best language tips we learn from the dogs. What to eat, and what maybe to avoid, and the odd side effects of Portuguese physiotherapy are uncovered. Sundays are for lolling poolside at a posh Foz residence. Communes and courage are topics of discussion with international celebrity artist Joana Vasconcelos in her Lisbon atelier.


Everything on the menu is warm and delicious served up in Hermance’s intimate style.


Available in Audiobook, Large Print paperback, and eBook through independent retailers and distributors worldwide. 




Where I’m Going with this Poem:


                  (Also available in European Portuguese.)


“Wendy Lee Hermance’s prose and poetry are made of touching and surprising childhood memories – of shriveled apples, old pillows, fallen tree limbs, imaginary radio stations and things so difficult to put into words that we can only glimpse them between the lines of this highly compelling work.” – Richard Zimler, Best-selling Author, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, The Village of the Lost Souls.


“ richly detailed childhood experiences, moving through adolescence, ultimately manifesting in adulthood… a hymn to “this lovely human mess” that is the speaker’s life, but this is a life filled with a myriad of  experiences all described with a poet’s empathy and attention to detail reminding us all, as Hermance did in the last poem of the collection, of our capacity to find some things to love.” – Marjory Wentworth, NYT’s Best-selling Author, Out of Wonder.

What’s That Stuff? A Natural Foods Reference Guide


Simple recipes, detailed cooking charts, nutritional data, and surprising back-stories to foods are collected in this concise guide that will answer all those perplexing questions you were afraid to ask. 


‘”How does one dance a Brazilian cassava?’ 


This question and more are answered in this witty little guide to soy foods, grains, legumes, seaweeds and much more. We used it in our retail stores as a training manual.” – Diane Markovitz,Tree of Life Distributors.



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