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Three Sisters Around the Greek Table [Paperback]

Betty Bakopoulos , Eleni Bakopoulos , Samantha Bakopoulos
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Oct. 1 2010
This award-winning cookbook, celebrates both food and family. Written by three Greek-Canadian sisters, this cookbook shares the secrets to eating better with today's busy families. The ingredients are simple, rustic and true to the Mediterranean diet. There are 105 recipes and 112 stunning food photographs that will inspire the chef at home. The pages are filled with tips, variations, and make-ahead suggestions. There are even 12 complete menu ideas to help one put together a meal from start to finish.

Heart-warming tales of how the recipes came to be staple dishes in the three sisters' homes are also shared throughout. The anecdotes are enhanced by a storybook of black and white photography. The stories remind us that eating is more than just a means for survival; it is a chance to pause with family and friends and connect with loved ones.

Three Sisters Around the Greek Table is a reflection of Greek cooking and of living Greek. This book sets itself apart with its beauty, simplicity and thoroughness. More than a cookbook, it is a work of art, making it a must-have cookbook for the coffee-table and the kitchen.


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Betty, Eleni & Samantha Bakopoulos are becoming the Greek food ambassadors in Canada. --Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, February 2010

"My teens couldn't get enough of these croquettes - tangy, yet hot and crispy." -- Susan Sampson --Toronto Star, March 2010

"It is, without question, the best Moussaka we’ve ever sampled." -- Brook Elliott --Chef Talk, June 2010

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The recipes in this cookbook are simple and proud. They are not complex, yet they are just as delicious, and impressive as those produced by some of today’s hottest chefs.

We are three Greek sisters that have been blessed with the warmest of families and the goodness of homemade Greek food throughout our lives. The recipes we have compiled in this book carry with them memories of travels to our parents’ homeland, the nostalgia of growing up, and of talking and laughing around the security of our parents’ kitchen table.

This is not the stuff of fast food Greek restaurants that has come to characterize Greek food in the minds of many. In these pages, you will find dishes you may recognize such as Spanakopita and Souvlaki – but you will also discover Stifado; a braised rabbit dish, Pastitsio; a baked penne with a creamy cinnamon and Béchamel sauce and Avgolemmono; a chicken soup with a lemon and egg finish. We have selected over 100 recipes that we believe will become a part of your regular repertoire once you have tried them. Delicious and fulfilling dishes like our mom’s Lemon Chicken and Potatoes will surprise you with the simplicity of its ingredients. You may also be surprised to discover that over half of the recipes in this book are vegetarian. This is real Greek cooking.

The preparation of food in Greek culture is an expression of love. It says to those whom you prepare it for you are worth the effort. Like love, good food is comforting. For those preparing it, it is rewarding. For those who share in the feast, it is life affirming. Enjoy.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Greek cuisine! Jan. 26 2013
By Len
Format:Paperback
This is a beautifully presented cookbook. It includes the basic popular Greek recipes, but also includes some that are new and Greek inspired. In addition, it includes some wonderful photos of what each meal should look like in the end. This book would be great for a beginner who doesn't have much experience in the kitchen. The recipes always taste good and for the most part are simple and easy to follow. Some get a bit more challenging, but once you've gained some experience, they aren't too much of a challenge to follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Greek food! March 30 2012
Format:Paperback
I have been eating from this book for years and I continue to discover delicious meals throughout. I love the simplicity, and, of course, the tasty results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully simple, amazingly delicious. Sept. 26 2013
Format:Paperback
This cookbook is beautiful with a picture for every main recipe. There are a lot of Greek staples with clear instructions. The servings are large and are even better as leftovers. Well worth the money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can cook Greek! Sept. 14 2011
By Dana TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A few months ago, I was wandering around downtown Montreal when I came across the biggest Chapters/Indigo store I had ever seen. So, of course I went in. And then things kind of got surreal, the clerks were moving about the store with trays handing out small bowls of the best Greek salad I had ever tasted (and I know my Greek salad!) Finally someone pointed me to the book signing at the front of the store and I bought myself a signed copy of 'Three Sisters Around the Greek Table: A Cookbook' by (you'll never guess) three Greek sisters: Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos.

Greek food is a huge weakness of mine but I have never been able to satisfactorily cook much of anything Greek. Believe it or not, just throwing lemon on some meat does not a good Greek dish make. Well, the first recipe I made from my new favorite cookbook was that Greek salad. And mine turned out just as good as the samples in the store! I will never use store bought Greek salad dressing again!! It was so easy and so amazingly delish.

We all know one good recipe does not a great cookbook make. So I tried more ... and more ... and got rave reviews from my family and friends. I'll admit I haven't tried every recipe in the book (I just can't make myself cook rabbit, no matter how good the recipe may be) but I have tried many of them. Guess what? With this book in hand, I can cook Greek!! Everything I have made has turned out very, very well. The recipes are simple and I almost always have the ingredients on hand. In case you are new to having ingredients on hand, there is a section on stocking your pantry the Greek way.

There are also menu ideas organized by season and occasion - including a couple of vegetarian menus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can cook Greek! Sept. 14 2011
By Dana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A few months ago, I was wandering around downtown Montreal when I came across the biggest Chapters/Indigo store I had ever seen. So, of course I went in. And then things kind of got surreal, the clerks were moving about the store with trays handing out small bowls of the best Greek salad I had ever tasted (and I know my Greek salad!) Finally someone pointed me to the book signing at the front of the store and I bought myself a signed copy of 'Three Sisters Around the Greek Table: A Cookbook' by (you'll never guess) three Greek sisters: Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos.

Greek food is a huge weakness of mine but I have never been able to satisfactorily cook much of anything Greek. Believe it or not, just throwing lemon on some meat does not a good Greek dish make. Well, the first recipe I made from my new favorite cookbook was that Greek salad. And mine turned out just as good as the samples in the store! I will never use store bought Greek salad dressing again!! It was so easy and so amazingly delish.

We all know one good recipe does not a great cookbook make. So I tried more ... and more ... and got rave reviews from my family and friends. I'll admit I haven't tried every recipe in the book (I just can't make myself cook rabbit, no matter how good the recipe may be) but I have tried many of them. Guess what? With this book in hand, I can cook Greek!! Everything I have made has turned out very, very well. The recipes are simple and I almost always have the ingredients on hand. In case you are new to having ingredients on hand, there is a section on stocking your pantry the Greek way.

There are also menu ideas organized by season and occasion - including a couple of vegetarian menus. The centre section of the book is a gallery of gorgeous photos of the author's families enjoying each other and eating. In fact all of the photos, both in the gallery and of the food you can create, are astounding. Very professional - even though I was told by the authors that they cooked up each recipe and then took the food out to the backyard to photograph it for the book. Someone could make a living as a professional photographer!

Each recipe is titled in both English and Greek and includes a personal anecdote, substitution information and detailed instructions, including which parts of the recipe can be made ahead. Preparation time, cooking time and number of servings are also prominently stated.

Do I have anything negative to say? Yes! The entire book is only 277 pages long. I want more!

You can check out the authors' web site at [...].
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Jan. 20 2013
By Nick Vlahakis - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought it for my three sisters and they loved it. Good representation of Greek food and culture. Sent a note complimenting the authors.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lusciously Wonderful! April 26 2013
By james c harrell - Published on Amazon.com
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This cookbook has a great feel for the dishes, so simple and with a greek flavor...A perfect introduction for novice cooks and appetites!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Cheers for Three Sisters Aug. 29 2012
By J. Janssen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrific collection of Greek-American recipes that is both authentic and artistically put together. Every dish has a full color photo and includes a mix of black and white atmospheric and family pics to augment the food shots. According to the text and web site these photos are of the actual dishes just prepared in the family kitchen and then photographed by a family member; not wax or plastic food models assembled by a set designer in some urban photography studio (which is all too common in the cookbook trade). The recipes are broken down into categories such as appetizers, soups & salads, breads, vegetarian dishes, main courses, etc. Besides the expected Dolmades and Spanakopita, the book is filled with little side dishes that you're not going to find anywhere else unless you routinely get invited to a Greek family's dinner table (Baked Elephant Beans, Olive Tapenade & Goat Cheese on Pita, Shrimp with Ouzo & Red Chilies, and MANY more). And don't worry there's plenty of meat dishes (Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Figs & Apricots, Roasted Leg of Lamb, Fresh Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, and a Lemon Chicken that might have even made Ray Barone happy). There's desserts, breads, directions on preparing real Greek coffee, and instruction on the proper serving of Ouzo; the sisters have pretty much got it covered. They even include a short section on pantry staples to keep on hand AND, with a few exceptions, these dishes are all pretty simple to put together without a lot of panic in the kitchen. If you only buy one Greek cookbook (and you're not interested in having a travelogue of the Greek Isles mixed in with it) buy this one.

So why not 5 stars? Because some of the text is in a (very) pale blue ink that, while stylish, is devilishly hard to read in anything but the best light.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy Oct. 23 2013
By G. Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
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As I mentioned before I collect Greek Cookbooks. This one is fun to read and explore the culinary tecniques of cooks from Greece
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