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Down-home Greek, even Mediterranean cooking is best experienced as a meat-light peasant diet, embracing olive oil, grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits as its main ingredients. No wonder that public-health professional (and first-time author) Moore-Pastides, Greek by marriage, not only provides 87 authentic recipes but also promotes this healthy way of eating through frequent references to current scientific research. Many of these diet’s benefits are widely recognized, especially protection against heart disease; other features, like the avoidance of highly processed foods and the use of omega-3 fatty acids, are well documented within her text and in the appended references. Each recipe, though simple to follow, doesn’t emulate modern cookbooks in its format; instead, all are written in a narrative, surrounded by the author’s stories of living in Greece and Cyprus. Color photographs and occasional sidebars also help cooks complete dishes successfully, whether a traditional gyros or saganaki or a special-occasion moussaka or tava (slow-cooked lamb stew). A foreword by Dimitrios Trichopoulos, from Harvard School of Public Health, emphasizes the goodness of Greek eats. --Barbara Jacobs

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In Greek Revival Patricia Moore-Pastides celebrates Greek cuisine as a healthy way of living and as an inseparable part of Greek culture for centuries. Her commitment to authenticity and accuracy in the scientific and culinary dimensions of her beautiful book shine through in every recipe and story. She shares with us an insider's view of Greek culture and deserves high praise for her engaging writing, creativity, and deeply felt passion for promoting a more healthy and balanced way of life.
Zoe Kosmidou, minister counselor for cultural affairs, Embassy of Greece

Patricia Moore-Pastides is a talented writer, a person of sharp intellect and, more important, sensitivity and compulsion to perfection. . . . Patricia draws a parallel between the revival of classical Greek architecture in the United States at the beginning of the nineteenth century and the current revival of the traditional Greek diet. Culture has many dimensions, and different people rank them in different ways. Patricia's book honors a particular aspect of Greek culture and, just as important, provides a blueprint for cooking for life--a longer, healthier, and more enjoyable life.


Dimitrios Trichopoulos, Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health, from the Foreword

The delectable recipes in Greek Revival are distinctive, flavorful, and representative of their chef's commendable passion for healthy living through time-tested Old World cooking practices. Patricia Moore-Pastides retains the innate taste and texture of Mediterranean cuisine while updating the techniques and diet constraints in innovative ways for today's lifestyle. Like the recipes contained here, this elegantly presented book is a delight to be savored and shared.
Nathalie Dupree, celebrated Charleston chef and author of Nathalie Dupree's Shrimp & Grits Cookbook and Nathalie Dupree's Comfortable Entertaining

My qualifications to comment on this charming memoir and cookbook rest more in my capacities as an eater than as a chef. But I enjoyed the author's stories and her perceptions when, after marrying into a Greek family, she discovers Greece, Greeks, their customs, and their cuisine. Along the way she provides renewed credence to the merits of the renowned Mediterranean diet. As a professional storyteller of Greek ways, I appreciated the tales shared in these pages. And the recipes are a bonus.
Harry Mark Petrakis, Greek American novelist and two-time National Book Award finalist
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (October 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570039399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570039393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy, beautiful and healthy.
E. Moosbrugger
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has thought about learning how to cook Greek food but has always felt intimidated by it.
Ashley T.
This book presents many Greek recipes and the theme that this is one of the best examples of the healthy Mediterranean diet.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book presents many Greek recipes and the theme that this is one of the best examples of the healthy Mediterranean diet. There are more than recipes here, there is a section explaining the traditional Mediterranean diet and showing the healthy eating pyramid, lovely pictures of Greece and stories of trips to Greece and of food eaten.

The recipes contain ingredients that are easily obtained, with perhaps the exception of goat meat. Recipes included are; appetizers, vegetable dishes, beans, grains and pasta, seafood, meats, healthy desserts, including baklava and beverages. Before each section are a few pages that explore the healthy aspects of that type of food; for example omega 3 and seafood, studies on red wine with beverages.
Especially good were; the Greek salad, a lighter eggplant moussaka, sweet potato, zucchini, and feta tart, and pasta arugula, tomatoes, feta, and kalamata olives. We made the sesame and anise cookies without the anise , substituting more sesame seeds for the amount of anise seeds and they turned out wonderful.

With all the emphasis on healthy eating, I wish there was nutritional information with the recipes; but this book will help you add a healthy Mediterranean diet to your cuisine. Until the 1960's, when most Greeks were eating this type of diet they had the longest life expectancy in the world, so there must be something to it and enough of a reason to try this type of cooking .
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By noelsell on December 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I can't say enough good things about this book. It is beautiful, well written, and practical for those who are interested in cooking delicious, healthy food. The author combines scientific evidence for the benefits of the Mediterranean diet with wonderful prose, fun personal stories, beautiful photographs, and terrific recipes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kensington Reviewer on April 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just made the Moussaka recipe (the meat one) from this book. It was absolutely fantastic. It did take me three hours but the instructions were clear and everything came out perfectly. Hopefully it will be faster next time. I did take the meat out and just increased the tomato sauces. Honestly, one of the best things I have ever made and I cook all the time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ashley T. on May 5, 2011
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I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has thought about learning how to cook Greek food but has always felt intimidated by it. This cookbook has shown me that Greek dishes are actually quite simple to prepare. The dishes featured in this cookbook are easy to cook, and the best part is--these dishes are so good for you! I love the fact that this book explains the health benefits of eating Greek--from garlic and olive oil to delicious tomatoes and broccoli. Beautifully photographed with engaging stories that are great to read while waiting for your dishes to cook. This book is wonderful!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Moosbrugger on August 28, 2011
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The recipes in this book are amazing. One great dish after another. Easy, beautiful and healthy. The Imam Baldi is truly spectacular as is the chard with black-eyed peas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel M Papadoulis on January 28, 2014
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I have been looking for a book like this for ages. Something that backs the benefits of the Greek diet with recipes scientific proof and andetodal experiences from the author. This book does this and much more. It looks at the lifestyle and not just the diet. If you want a manual based on the Mediterranean Greek diet to help you change you life for the better then this is the book
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kitchen Chemist on March 22, 2012
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Enjoyed the recipes in this book. They were easy, refreshing, healthy but tasty,and the products of the recipes I tried were easy to find. Great addition to my kitchen.
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By M. White on January 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I went to Greece last year and loved the entire experience. The food was not only fresh and healthy but tasted out of the world. I learned that I didn't have to eat as much meat as I usually do to have fantastic meals. I've subsequently tried a variety of greek cookbooks but I have to say that this book which my husband brought home to me from the library is the best. I don't like to spend money on cookbooks unless I know that I'm really going to use it. This is definitely going to be purchased
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