The Casa da Memória de Guimarães is a museum dedicated to the city’s territory and community, created after Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture. In 2019 it started its editorial production, with the book Paladário, written by Liliana Duarte and with photographs by Miguel Oliveira. The book is an ethnobotanical record, around the territory of Guimarães, with people and their taste related memories.
The book is mainly composed of three moments: the photograph, the texts created from the author's investigation and the Paladário’s food. The three folded signature with images at the beginning, middle and end of the book tell the story of three people and mark pauses in the rhythm of the book. The texts, rich in personal stories of the interviewees, are organized by highlights, through three hierarchical levels. The Paladário, with 25 foods, is dotted with notes of fluorescent green, which contrast with the dark green and black of the other texts.
The Paladário is an object that preserves a rich heritage of different flavors. Once the taste community’s is recorded, the design project sought a poetic integration of these elements collected in the investigation, combining them with two other senses: sight and touch. Visual stimuli, through contrasting colors and photographic moments; the touch, through its different types of papers and textures of the canvas on the spine and the plastic representation of the cover illustration.