Andy Harris's Modern Greek
presents 170 easy, contemporary Greek recipes for this light and delicious food. Ideally suited to readers' health- and time-conscious lifestyles, the book covers Greek cuisine from the traditional appetizers called mezes
to pastry desserts, with stops for fresh salads like the tomato, feta, and red onion Horiakai Salad; and pastas, including savory Meat and Pasta Pie, and Pasta with Spinach, Parsley, and Yogurt. Vegetables are at the heart of Greek cooking and dishes including Baked Eggplant, Zucchini, and Potatoes, and a delicious stew of artichokes and peas offer a rich example of the direct Greek approach to cooking. Seafood, also basic to the Greek table, receives its due with the likes of Pan-Fried Squids with Onions and Lemon Juice, and Marinated Sardines with Onion Salad; desserts, including Sweet Cheese Pastries and an easy-to-do baklava, bring the book to a happy close. With a useful glossary, and illustrated with color photos throughout, the book offers tasty, unpretentious food that works for everyday and special-occasion dining alike. --Arthur Boehm
From Publishers Weekly
Harris (A Taste of the Aegean) returns to the Greek cuisine he loves in this beautifully designed and photographed book. Using customary Greek ingredients Feta and Kefalotiri cheeses, zucchini, eggplant, filo pastry he offers both new and traditional dishes, from Tiganopsomo (Fried Cheese Pastries) and Zucchini Moussaka to the classic Horiatiki Salad (Greek Salad) and Spanakopita. The rustic theme so often apparent in Greek food is also given weight, as with the warming Chicken with Zucchini, Green Olives and Green Garlic with its rich juices so ideal for sopping up with a country loaf, and the flavorful and colorful Bourdetto (Spicy Fish Stew). From simple grills and kebabs to the slightly more complicated desserts, Harris provides well-written instructions which put the recipes within most cooks' skill range, from the enthusiastic beginner to those who wish to add the cuisine of a well-loved tourist destination to their repertoire. With this in mind, he ends the volume with a full guide to the Greek cupboard, demystifying the range of cheeses, olives and spices that populate Greek fare. The resulting book is a fresh, inviting look at an increasingly popular cuisine.
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