Ana Patuleia Ortins was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts. In the 1930s, her father Rufino and his family immigrated to the United States from Galveias, as small town in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Rufino shared his culinary talent and passion for Portuguese food with Ana from an early age, showing her how to gut sardines or cut kale for the Caldo Verde soup. His tutelage, coupled with a zest for the traditional dishes inherited from her mother Filomena, who died when Ana was young, inspired her to learn as much as she could about her culinary roots and eventually, to document the recipes of Portuguese immigrants in her first book Portuguese Homestyle Cooking. In Authentic Portuguese Cooking, Ana brings forth a deeper look into the food of her heritage. Included are family recipes shared by family and friends as well as many obtained during trips to Portugal and from the Azores, the ancestral home of her husband Philip. Ana has an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the Essex Agricultural and Technical School. She has contributed articles to Fine Cooking Magazine, Portugal Magazine, Seabourne Club Herald, and most recently, the online magazine, The Cook’s Cook. She teaches culinary classes and is a member of the Northeast Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. She resides with her husband in Peabody, Massachusetts.
Feligenio Medeiros is the co-founder and editor of the digital magazine FEEL PORTUGAL IN THE USA. In July 2013 he, along with David Mendonça, co-founded the Portuguese-American Cultural Exchange, Inc. (PaceFado.com) a non-profit organization that engages US and Portuguese cultures through fado music. In 2012 he launched the website FadoNight.com, an online resource to identify venues featuring live fado in the US and PortugueseDishes.com a site dedicated to promoting Portuguese food and the Portuguese restaurants in New England. Feligenio is one of the founders of the Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network. In 2003 he started the Woburn Summer Concert Series, which continues to this day. He is a former owner of the Vellucci Insurance Agency, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a business that he owned until 2008. Feligenio’s digital media and web design experience expressed on his extended website portfolio featuring Portuguese restaurants, clubs, and organizations. He is also a passionate professional photographer specializing in food photography, fado events and performers. Feligenio is a US citizen and a native of the Azores Islands.