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Food from Many Greek Kitchens [Hardcover]

Tessa Kiros

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June 14 2011
No one captures the spirit and soul of a place quite like Tessa Kiros, the best-selling author of Falling Cloudberries and Apples for Jam. Who better than Tessa to take readers on a colorful and magical journey into the kitchens of her friends and family in Greece.

Food, culture, celebration, and memory are inexorably tied together inside Tessa Kiros's Food from Many Greek Kitchens. As the follow-up to her best-selling Venezia and Falling Cloudberries, Food from Many Greek Kitchens explores Kiros's Greek-Cypriot heritage and takes readers on a colorful journey into the Greek kitchens of her friends and family as she catalogs the traditional foods for fasting, festivals, and feast days.

Recipes like Vassilopitta New Year Wish Cake, Lamb in a Flowerpot with Dill and Red Wine, Yamopilafo Wedding Rice, and Easter Soup are accompanied by short introductions that explain each dish's cultural significance. In addition, lavish full-color photographs take readers on a tour from the local Mediterranean fishmongers and markets into Greek family homes and kitchens to experience the best in authentic Greek cooking.

With a glossary and more than 200 classically prepared Greek recipes, Food from Many Greek Kitchens adds a greater depth of flavor to each dish through Kiros's warm anecdotal introductions like the following passage for Vassilopitta:

"In Greece, everyone has a vassilopitta (cake) at New Year. The wonderful thing about this cake is that a flouri (coin) is added before baking. If you're lucky to get the piece with the coin, you'll be blessed for the year. Don't you love that sense of celebration the Greeks have?" --Food from Many Greek Kitchens

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About the Author

No one captures the spirit and soul of a place quite like Tessa Kiros. She was born in London, to a Finnish mother and a Greek-Cypriot father. The family moved to South Africa when she was 4, and at the age of 18 Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world’s cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating. She has cooked at London’s The Groucho Club and in Sydney, Athens, and Mexico. On a trip to Italy to study the language and food, she met her husband, Giovanni. They now live in Tuscany, with their two children.

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Excerpt The smell of a Greek manavi (green grocers) . . . especially old-style ones or on the islands re-blossoms each time I walk into one. It is a warm, extremely friendly, and comforting smell . . . like flowers, leaves, melons, figs, meadows, orchards, the sea, and sweet life all rolled into one shop.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and authentic Dec 1 2010
By XtinaLouisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having just returned from three glorious months in Greece I was keen to be able to reproduce some of the wonderful dishes I tried while I was there. This book is a feast both visually and inspirationally. The recipes are straightforward and use recognisable ingredient names. There are sensible suggestions throughout the recipes like, "add more water if it looks like it needs it" or "cook until the garlic and onion smell good".

The photos are truly beautiful and make you want to just sit down and browse through this book for the sheer pleasure of it.

What I like most of all is that the name of the dishes are first written in Greeklish (using the Anglo alphabet) then in English and finally, in smaller print, using the Greek alphabet.

I have bought a number of Greek cook books, but I have found this one the most accessible and true to my experience of Greece and Greek cooking. Congratulations!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Into Greek Food and Culture June 4 2011
By Books and Chocolate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a cookbook that is also a journey into Greek culture with many beautiful photographs along with the author's personal anecdotes about the food and celebrations of the region.

Authentic Greek recipes are included for appetizers, soups, main dishes, breads, salads, and desserts. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the recipes weren't as complicated as I thought they would be and with a few exceptions contain ingredients that can be found in larger grocery stores. The exceptions (for me) are the five recipes that use octopus, squid, or rabbit; ingredients that my local grocery store doesn't typically stock. There are also several recipes for lamb which may be easier to find but tends to be more seasonal in my area.

I've tagged several recipes to try such as Fried Tomato Fritters, Baked Feta Cheese, Olive Bread, and Baked Fish With Tomato. I did make the Yiaourtopita (yogurt cake), a simple, moist cake made with Greek yogurt that pairs well with any kind of fruit for a light dessert.

While this cookbook probably won't be my go-to source for everyday cooking, it does inspire me to try some new dishes from an ethnic cuisine I'm not familiar with.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PLEASURE TO READ AND TO USE June 17 2011
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Some of my happiest memories of Greece are the colors - natural yet bold, bright, rich. Such are the colors of the gorgeous photos found in FOOD FROM MANY GREEK KITCHENS, whether they be pictures of food, the people or the country. Leafing through this volume is very much like a visit to a favorite land.

This lovely volume not only holds 115 authentic Greek recipes gathered from the author's friends and family but bits of that country's history and culture - it's truly a joy to read and use. Kiros has divided her recipes into sections beginning with Traditional Foods, Fasting Foods, Easter Foods, Shared Foods, Baker's Foods, Soups, Ladera + Salads, Ready-Cooked Foods, There + Then Foods, and Sweet Foods (my favorite, of course, ia an irresistible Ouzo Sorbet!)

What caught my attention was how very often the simplest ingredients were used to make the tastiest dishes. For instance, Poached Fish with Lemon Oil - in the authors words it is "delicate yet aromatic, not quite a soup. It is an easy, healthy, almost instant food that you could serve to any generation." In my words it's a taste treat filled with potato, carrots, zucchini, celery, a touch of green onions, and white fish (we used perch). It is both easy and quick to prepare.

This is my first book by Tessa Kiros, but it surely won't be my last. (Her other cookbooks include Venezia, Falling Cloudberries, and Apples for Jam.)

Enjoy!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good July 9 2011
By Callistia - Published on Amazon.com
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So I bought this a while ago, it is visually striking and beautiful. The recipes come with little stories or traditions, as well as serving suggestions. However, a few recipes I've tried came out pretty bad, almost like they're missing something the recipes I'm talking about are; Dolmades and the Artichoke and Fava Beans. The Fava Bean recipe wasn't very good, and the dolmades seemed like they were missing something with fat and texture such as ground lamb. Overall, this book is great, I just hope other recipes turn out better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 4 2012
By cheryl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My daughter spent last year teaching in Greece
and has missed Greece and her people since returning home last August.
I had read about this book in the Charlotte Observer and gave it to her for her birthday.
She loves it!!!

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