Bringing Portuguese culture

from my Azorean table to yours


Featured Recipes


Fluffy Strawberry Pie

Here's another recipe for strawberry season. My mom loved making this is the summer, it's so light and refreshing! Believe it or not, there are pretzels in the crust, adding a nice bit of salt to balance the sweetness of the berries!

Baked Goods

Strawberry Tart/Tarte de Morango

As we near strawberry season, indulge in the delightful Tarte de Morango, a perfect spring dessert. This Portuguese strawberry tart blends fresh strawberries, a hint of cinnamon, and creamy custard within a buttery, homemade crust. Explore the recipe on

Baked Goods


Discover the sweet simplicity of Cavacas, a beloved Portuguese confection. These airy, glazed pastries are a delightful treat, perfect for any occasion. Light and slightly sweet, they're sure to captivate. Explore the recipe on


Welcome to the Azorean Green Bean®!

Born on the semi-tropical island of Sao Miguel in the village called Rosario de Lagoa, I moved permanently to the United States with my family when I was six years old. With a family tradition of cooking food from the islands, most of the recipes were lost to the ages because they were never documented.

I resolved to recreate as many of those recipes as I could to keep our family traditions alive. With the help of my sisters, aunts, and cousins, I traveled back to Sao Miguel and learned those recipes all over again, this time with a pen and paper in hand!

I'm bringing the rich culture and stories of my past to your kitchen through my cook book and television series. Saúde!

Maria's Portuguese Table®

Maria's Portuguese Table® is an award-winning culinary travel show that features Portuguese dishes and culture not only in the Azores, but around the world. We bring the culture and traditions of a small island chain in the Atlantic ocean to a larger audience, and also invite you join us for the stories and memories behind the dishes.

Where to Watch


More often called "do-it-yourself", the program genres seen on Create® TV include viewers' favorite public television series and specials on food, travel, home and garden, arts and crafts, fitness and other lifestyle interests.

Your Local PBS Station

Maria's Portuguese Table® Season 1 and 2 air on stations around the US on PBS. Check your local PBS station for more information to see if we're broadcasting near you, or stream it online at

Now available on the PBS app found on IOS, Android, Roku, and Firestick

Purchase Season 1 on Amazon

Maria goes on an 8-part food and travel odyssey starting in Rhode Island USA to Sao Miguel Azores, to California. Rediscover one of the world’s oldest cultures with her!


Azorean Cooking: From My Table to Yours

Azorean Cooking will transport you to a kitchen as fragrant as your grandmother's. No matter your heritage, this charming cookbook is a pleasure, providing the perfect introduction to the culture, food, and heritage of this remarkable region. (As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases).


Maria's Awards

Silver Winner For the 43rd Annual Telly Awards

Bronze Winner For the 43rd Annual Telly Awards

Thank you for your support! I am thrilled to announce that both of my 2024 tours have sold out! A heartfelt thank you to everyone for your incredible support and enthusiasm.

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October 12-20, 2024

Azores Food Adventure in Sao Miguel

Join Maria Lawton on a captivating journey through São Miguel in the Azores, as she hosts this year's Azores Food Adventure! From October 12-20, 2024, travel with Maria to her favorite spots across the island, experiencing the best of Azorean culture, cuisine, and scenery. This tour promises a blend of delightful culinary experiences, breathtaking landscapes, and the warmth of local hospitality, all personally guided by Maria.

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