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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811864537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811864534
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Diane Kochilas' knowledge of Greek cuisine and culture is encyclopedic and effusive and it shines forth in this great new book. She teaches us about the undiscovered treasures of the Greek table - artisan vinegar, regional spices, healthy greens - and the photography brings the countryside, the food, and its producers to life. It's a culinary tour through the country's immense wealth of country dishes, where the heart and soul of Greece still resides, and I loved that this book is filled with recipes I have never seen before. Country Cooking of Greece will inspire me in the kitchen for years." - Cat Cora, chef, restaurateur, and television star

"Most of what I always knew about Greek food was learned from my Mom and Yiayia. What makes Diane and her books so special is she has given me and many Greek Americans a true understanding of not only the amazing food throughout Greece but the traditions and stories that come with them. This book is like being in the kitchen with a 100 yiayias! Thank you, Diane, for all you have done for this magnificent cuisine."- Michael Symon , James Beard award-winning chef, restaurateur, and author

"Diane has, once again, proven why she is the world's leading cookbook authority on traditional Greek cookery." - Michael Psilakis, chef, founder and director of KEFI, FishTag, and MP Taverna

About the Author

Diane Kochilas is consulting chef at four restaurants, food columnist for Greece's largest newspaper, and co-founder of the Glorious Greek Cooking School on the Greek island of Ikaria. She divides her time between Ikaria and New York City.

Vassilis Stenos is a food and travel photographer, and co-founder of the Glorious Greek Cooking School in Ikaria, Greece. He lives in Ikaria and New York City.

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I look forward to using this cook book often.
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Highly, highly recommend, for Greeks and non-Greeks alike!
Lauren
The pictures are beautiful and the recipes seem authentic.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Maria V. on December 9, 2012
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While the masses might think all Greek food is baklava and gyro, if you know better, you know that REAL Greek food is something you still won't find in most restaurants. Proper Greek food is still largely undiscovered and still mostly the homecooked stuff that's been passed down through families. This cookbook is a fantastic guide through the countless regional takes on homecooked meals, namely because many of them play up the regional strengths of their origin. Making the meals in this book is like a little trip through the various tiny villages throughout Greece and being invited to someone's table at home.

Throughout the book Diane highlights the various regions of Greece and the kinds of food that really shine when made there. There really is no amalgamous "Greek food" -- it's Ikarian food, or Cretan food, or Macedonian food. It's great to have a Greek cookbook that highlights and celebrates these regional strengths.

Greek food, when made properly, really thrives on the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Diane's guidance in this cookbook will not lead you astray, and definitely make sure you get the freshest and best quality you can if you want to get the most out of these recipes. As Diane mentions in the book, a lot of these dishes would be made with raw ingredients picked fresh from the trees or the garden in the backyard, so everything would be fresh as can be.

Mention must be made to the gorgeous photographs throughout the book, not just of the food but of beautiful Greek landscapes and of the wonderful people. The recipes are wonderful (of course) but it's also a fun book to curl up with and read through. I've purchased a few copies as gifts and a copy for myself, this is definitely one of the best cookbooks I've purchased in a long while and I highly recommend it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Todd C. Spears on December 1, 2012
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A wonderful addition to my collection. Country Cooking of Greece is not just a cookbook but also an ode to an entire school of cooking with little stories, anecdotes and pictures spread throughout. I've tried a number of the recipes and so far none of them have let me down. I love that she took the time to explain various ingredients as well, such as the difference between Greek and Mexican oregano. The entire volume is very well done.

The book does have two minor drawbacks. The first is once in a while some of the ingredients aren't quite made clear or there are no suggested substitutes for things not available in this country (or hard to find). One recipe calls for "sausage, preferably seasoned with fennel" and that's it. There are so many types of sausage it would have been nice to have more clarification (and sweet italian sausage works well in the recipe). While not a problem for experienced cooks, this might cause problems for people just starting out.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By lnbel on April 16, 2013
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I don't have any background in Greek cooking. I had bought two of the sister volumes to this, The Country Cooking of France and The Country Cooking of Italy. France was fantastic; I wasn't as much of a fan of Italy as its recipes were very meat-based with a lot of pork (which we don't eat).

Greek country food is very vegetable- and bean-based. If you're trying to eat a more plant-based diet this book has tons of fantastic recipes. I love that it makes use of veggies that are less commonly eaten in the US -- lots of fennel and greens. It's given us some nice variety in our meals lately. The bean recipes are great, the salads are very tasty. Because this is country food the recipes are mostly pretty straightforward in technique and are, so far, hard to mess up, although I'm a very proficient cook. It's good for everyday food. (Same goes for French country cooking.)

Plus, the articles and photography are wonderful. The book provides lots of well-written information about Greek ingredients, from cheese to meat to bread to the various herbs, fruits, and vegetables that are used for food. Lots of fascinating info there.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heather Chase on November 12, 2012
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The Culinary Chase: I love this book! Diane's love for her ancestral country and carefully selected recipes give me a new found love for Greek food. I've tried 6 recipes thus far and the taste result? Absolutely scrumptious!! I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Bookidis on December 28, 2013
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The book is excellent, the recipes easy and very tasty- I have already made several of them. I come to it as a Greek-American, whose mother was a fantastic cook. I can honestly say that Mrs. Kochilas' recipes represent the best of Greek cooking. Because she concentrates here on regional dishes, there are many interesting and different tastes that one can experience. Nancy Bookidis
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on December 27, 2012
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I bought this cookbook for my mom, who is 100% Greek, for Christmas and I couldn't have been more impressed! This is a huge, beautiful book...incredibly interesting recipes, beautiful pictures, and stories to go along withn them. My whole family was over on Christmas day and they were impressed by the book as well. Highly, highly recommend, for Greeks and non-Greeks alike!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Pisano on December 27, 2013
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The recipes are easy to make and absolutely delicious. The pictures are beautiful and the recipes seem authentic. In general, the book has a beautiful presentation .
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