Vefa's Kitchen

Vefa Alexiadou

Vefa's Kitchen

"Vefa's Kitchen" claims to be the first authoritative and all-encompassing Greek recipe book in English... Hoping to do for Greek cuisine what the hugely successful "Silver Spoon" did for Italian, it contains more than 700 fully updated, straightforward and mouthwatering recipes. Aimed at all lovers of Mediterranean food, the book is designed to appeal to anyone who loves to cook easy, tempting and delicious dishes, from simple salads and mezedes in summer, to slowly simmered meat dishes and crisp filo pastries in winter. As well as presenting recipes for taverna favourites such as moussaka, tzatziki and hummus, the book documents the extraordinary variety of local sweets and pastries, delicious home-baked breads and cheeses of the mountainous interior, as well as the fish and vegetable dishes of coastal areas, simply fragranced with lemons and herbs. 4.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Vefa's Kitchen

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Food & Drink
Format Hardback
Pages 704
RRP £24.95
Date of Publication April 2009
ISBN 978-0714849294
Publisher Phaidon
 

"Vefa's Kitchen" claims to be the first authoritative and all-encompassing Greek recipe book in English... Hoping to do for Greek cuisine what the hugely successful "Silver Spoon" did for Italian, it contains more than 700 fully updated, straightforward and mouthwatering recipes. Aimed at all lovers of Mediterranean food, the book is designed to appeal to anyone who loves to cook easy, tempting and delicious dishes, from simple salads and mezedes in summer, to slowly simmered meat dishes and crisp filo pastries in winter. As well as presenting recipes for taverna favourites such as moussaka, tzatziki and hummus, the book documents the extraordinary variety of local sweets and pastries, delicious home-baked breads and cheeses of the mountainous interior, as well as the fish and vegetable dishes of coastal areas, simply fragranced with lemons and herbs.

A selection of recipes from the book (Guardian website)

Reviews

The Daily Mail

John Koski

In a scholarly introduction, author Vefa Alexiadou makes a persuasive claim that Greece is the mother of modern Mediterranean food.. The recipes throughout the book reflect that freshness, simplicity and sheer sunny wholesomeness. Best of all, you don’t have to accompany them with a glass of retsina...

15/06/2009

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The Observer

Paul Levy

What I now think of as my big fat Greek cookbook weighs in at 2.73kg, and would be too big to use, except that the publishers have cleverly attached three place-marking ribbons. Alexiadou is billed as "Greece's bestselling cookery writer for 30 years" and her remarks on the culinary regions of Greece are full and interesting - even if Greek cuisine hardly deserves such a full treatment.

07/06/2009

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The New York Times

Christine Muhlke

Squashing so many dishes into one book means that instructions are terse and photos few — not great if you’ve never made Lenten spaghetti from Corfu or wrestled with 20 sheets of phyllo. The chicken pilaf in said phyllo was a washout, but the zucchini fritters have entered heavy rotation on my hors d’oeuvre list.

28/05/2009

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