Don't let the World Cup sneak up on you without a few recipes from My Rio de Janeiro, by renowned cook and author Leticia Moreinos Schwartz. A follow-up to her first book, The Brazilian KitchenMy Rio de Janeiro explores the city's diverse cuisine by neighborhood. Check out her riff on the national dish of feijoada, a bean and meat stew. 

Kátia Barbosa, the chef at Aconchego Carioca, an exciting botequim located near Praça da Bandeira, is playing with the most traditional dishes of Brazilian cuisine and creating new classics. If you are a tourist, you might never have heard of the neighborhood Praça da Bandeira, but trust me, you want to go there. The food being served at Aconchego Carioca is captivating audiences from all over town and fueling the renaissance of a whole neighborhood.

I heard a lot about Kátia’s famous feijoada fritters, so when I first tried them, I was full of expectations. Well, let me tell you that this bolinho (fritter) exceeded them: it is a bright twist on our national dish, one that offers a tiny crunchy taste of our traditional black bean and meat stew. Serve with orange sections and a caipirinha.

Reprinted with permission from My Rio de Janeiro