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The Complete Book of Greek Cooking: The Recipe Club of St. Paul's Orthodox Cathedral Paperback – June 5, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; Later Print edition (June 5, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060921293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060921293
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is great and has easy to follow recipes.
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The book was excellent, this Italian loved the authentic Greek recipes.
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My sister gave my husband this book as a gift last Christmas.
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89 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Married to a native of Greece for 26 years I have used many different Greek cookbooks and this is the best and most authentic I have found. This book was written by everyday cooks, not gourmets, the recipes are easy to follow and there is a section that tells how to work with phyllo, clean squid and other hints. There are recipes from many different regions and interesting little bits of history and information scattered throughout.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2001
If this is an updated version of the book my mother used, I am ecstatic. I have been searching for one for years. In my family it is considered the "bible" of cookbooks. My mother used no other. My brother and I fought for possession of it when she passed away. It has been passed back and forth between us for holiday recipes, guidance, etc. Now we can each have our new one. I will always keep my mother's original (she referenced everything with a turned down page), but it will be nice not to have to worry about losing a leaf anymore. Thank you
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By B. T. Denyer on November 9, 2005
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4.9 stars:

If you are one of those cookbook collectors that enjoy the glossy, amusing cookbooks written by glossy, amusing TV personalities that are either "barefoot" or "naked", then this book is NOT for you. This book has no pictures, no glossy pages, and no stories of how the chef found a rare pepper plant on a recent excursion to Machu Picchu, Peru. This book is a compilation of recipes by a "group of women from Saint Paul's Church." Some recipes may be authentic and traditional; some may be completely made up; who knows and who cares is what I say.

The recipes are good. The directions are easy. And the ingredients are available to most of us that don't live beyond the reach of the Interstate (let alone the Internet!)

Here are some of the 250+ recipes in this book:

Baklava

Skaltsounia cookies

Phylo triangles

Souzoukakia (10-points if you can say that ten times fast)

Moussaka

Mock mageritsa

Stuffed grape leaves (yes!!)

Whole baby lamb

Politico-style salad

Béchamel sauce

Meatball avgolemono soup

Mock manti

Shish kebab (Mmmmmm)

12 different breads!

Farina cake

Flaounes

Sagnaki

Kapama

Souvlakia

Chicken stefado

Greek coffee (whoa, I'm awake now!)

Iced kourabiedes (cookies)

Bougatsa

And my personal favorite....

Loukoumades (if you haven't had one - or a dozen - then you are missing out!)

I highly recommend this book as an addition to your cookbook collection. You will find it to be one of your favorites.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By OrthodoxMama on October 22, 2003
As a Greek-American who learned how to cook by watching her mother and grandmother lovingly prepare all sorts of traditional Greek dishes in the comfort of our "kouzina", I've always been a bit skeptical about using Greek cookbooks since the recipes either never turn out or just taste a lot different than what I am used to. This cookbook, however, changed my mind as I have found most of the dishes to be delicious successes that are faithful to traditional tastes. This should come as no surprise, of course, since the book was compiled by real Greeks (most of whom are moms and yiayias no doubt) whose families have probably handed down and improved upon those recipes generation after generation. Overall, most work out well and are fairly basic Greek dishes (I've only had trouble with one or two) and are perfect for either everyday family meals or for guests. Well done St. Paul's!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Artgrrrl on February 5, 2011
I bought this cookbook in an attempt to replace my mother's Greek cookbook put out by the ladies of our local Greek Orthodox church (titled "Our Kouzina") that someone actually stole from me over 20 years ago! It doesn't quite work as a replacement, the stolen cookbook was twice as thick, and more thorough, offering many variations on the same recipe, depending upon what part of Greece the recipe writer may have came from. Having said that, this is the closest I have found to my mom's St. Andrew's version. I actually lost my first copy of this book as well and bought it again on Amazon. My father, who is from the Kyklathes group of Greek islands, taught me to cook Greek food and cook in general and would think it preposterous for me to even buy a Greek cookbook (sorry Dad!) My aunts and uncles all have their own specialties and I've learned those as well, but I can only keep so many recipes/measurements in my head, hence the need for a basic cookbook to use as reference.

Not every Greek recipe I grew up with or make on a regular basis, is in this book, but the recipes that are in the book are fairly standard and taste pretty authentic. One exception I've found so far, is the recipe for pastitsio, and that could be a regional difference or just the way MY uncle makes it, so if you like your pastitsio in a square block (I do not), you won't mind. If you are using this as a reference book, you'll know how to tweak the recipes so they are like your yia yia's, I'm sure. The lack of pictures isn't an issue for me, but I realize it may be an issue for the novice to Greek food. To those of you who feel you need pictures, I would say you really don't, make the recipe once and you'll know what it looks like.
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