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The Parthenon Cookbook: Great Mediterranean Recipes from the Heart of Chicago's Greektown [Kindle Edition]

Camille Stagg
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Book Description

This collection of terrific Greek recipes, from old favorites to unique house specialties, is also a tribute to the oldest restaurant in Chicago's fabled Greektown, a landmark innovator of legendary dishes like saganaki and the first gyros in Chicago. Filled with colorful history and lush photographs, the book features 40 of the restaurant’s most popular recipes from all courses, appetizers to desserts. They include Feta a la Soto, Marathon Salad with Shrimp, Moussaka, Sokolatina, and more. In addition, Greek wine pairings are included as well as full Greek dinner menus with tips for entertaining.


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“Reading the recipes—braised lamb with braised green beans (Liakouras' favorite meal), spinach cheese pie, pork souvlaki (or shish kebab), rice pudding—remind you how this particular brand of Mediterranean cuisine became so popular in the U.S. in the latter half of the 20th Century.”
—Emily Nunn, Chicago Tribune

“If you want a taste of the Mediterranean at home, check out the restaurant’s new cookbook, The Parthenon Cookbook.”
—Sherren Leigh, Today’s Chicago Woman

“The Parthenon, [has now] laid bare all their secrets, as well as created a big fat Greek party planner.”
North Shore magazine

“The Parthenon Cookbook is the perfect gift for anyone itching to try Mediterranean cooking in their own home."
Midwest Book Review

“The book is filled with both the colorful history of the restaurant, and contains more than 51 of Chef Sotiris’ sought after Mediterranean recipes”
—"Best of the Best Dining in Chicago" blog

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"Reading the recipes--braised lamb with braised green beans (Liakouras' favorite meal), spinach cheese pie, pork souvlaki (or shish kebab), rice pudding--remind you how this particular brand of Mediterranean cuisine became so popular in the U.S. in the latter half of the 20th Century."
--Emily Nunn, "Chicago Tribune "

"If you want a taste of the Mediterranean at home, check out the restaurant's new cookbook, The Parthenon Cookbook."
--Sherren Leigh, " Today's Chicago Woman"

"The Parthenon, [has now] laid bare all their secrets, as well as created a big fat Greek party planner."
-- "North Shore" magazine

"The Parthenon Cookbook is the perfect gift for anyone itching to try Mediterranean cooking in their own home."
-- "Midwest Book Review"

"The book is filled with both the colorful history of the restaurant, and contains more than 51 of Chef Sotiris' sought after Mediterranean recipes"
--"Best of the Best Dining in Chicago" blog

Product Details

  • File Size: 5538 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Surrey (March 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7BL4U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother April 19, 2013
By Kathy
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Not what I thought it would be, not a lot of recipes. It's really more of a bio of the family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! March 22, 2013
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There are very few recipes, it's mostly history of the restaurant. I deleted it after looking at it.
I like cookbooks and found this one disappointing!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Authentic April 8, 2011
By S. Sass
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Being a patron of the Parthenon restaurant since the mid 1970s, I can honestly say that this book provides a very accurate and authentic set of recipes that are adapted for the home kitchen. I haven't found a bad dish in the entire book....highly recommended for fans of Greek cuisine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite restaurants ... September 24, 2012
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No, I'm not from Chicago, but I visited there frequently over the years, and a visit to Chicago wasn't complete without at least one visit to The Parthenon restaurant. I still remember my first saganaki there in 1973 ... Heaven!

The cookbook doesn't disappoint. Saganaki is there -- that wonderful lightly-fried cheese served with a squeeze of lemon (in the restaurant, it's also flambéed with a little brandy). There aren't a huge number of recipes here, but there are more than enough to put together a lot of dinner parties. Among my favorites: Pastitsio (my favorite recipe for this, bar none), Keftedes (meatballs made with ground lamb and beef), Chicken Spanaki (chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and feta cheese), and Galaktoboureko (a dessert of thick custard nestled between crispy phyllo leaves, flavored with vanilla, honey, and orange).

Even if you've never visited the Chicago restaurant, you'll find plenty here to like. Most recipes call for ingredients that you should be able to find in a good supermarket. You might need to find a specialty shop for a few of the ingredients, most notably some of the cheeses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parthenon revisited October 7, 2011
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This book combines the history of the Parthenon back to the 1970s with their great Greek recipes. You don't have to be a professional chef to make them. I bought an extra copy for a friend. Opa!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The Parthenon Cookbook: Great Mediterranean Recipes from the Heart of Chicago's Greektown lives up to its title with a wealth of wondrous, mouth-watering recipes for Mediterranean cuisine, from keftedes (broiled meatballs) to pan-fried zucchini with skordalia, to stuffed grape leaves, roast leg of lamb, "the Parthenon's famous braised eggplant" and much more. Full-color, full-page photography of the dishes reveal just how tempting these creations can be - and perhaps best of all, the recipes are exemplary of the healthful "Mediterranean diet", which relies on staples that are good for the body such as fish, whole grains, vegetables, and olive oil. Further enhanced with a text introduction offering a retrospective on The Parthenon and Greektown since the 1960s and more, The Parthenon Cookbook is the perfect gift for anyone itching to try Mediterranean cooking in their own home.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have at home! February 17, 2013
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We visit the Parthenon at least once a month...and to be able to make a few of the simpler recipes is great. Buy this book for the greek salad dressing alone....it's phenomenal.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but heavy recipes February 9, 2009
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This book is small, but there are some interesting recipes. That being said, I can't say that I would use this very frequently as the recipes seem to be very heavy and calorie laden for regular use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fantastic authentic recipes.
Published 3 days ago by vicsueb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price FREE
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Published 1 month ago by Linda loves Hawaii
4.0 out of 5 stars Have a taste of Chicago tradition at your home...
The cookbook contains recipes from the heart of Greektown. You may need to visit a specialty store for some of the ingrediants. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great food
My favorite restaurant for many years when I lived near Chicago, now I am 500 miles away but can still enjoy the signature dishes by making them myself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pcubed
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you want to know the history
Mostly the history of the restaurant and mot much in the way of recipes for the make at home crowd.
Published 1 month ago by T. Olson
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read!
I enjoyed this cookbook as it talks about Detroit's Greektown. I have visited the restaurants she speaks about and was thrilled to have those recipes!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stacey Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars good overall
good recipes - authentic plus it was a free download so that made it even better - good go to book
Published 1 month ago by Peter Vincent Gamba
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Mediterranean Recipes
Being of Greek descent, I am always looking for new recipes to celebrate my heritage. This book contains any number of recipes from appetizers to main dishes to desserts. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JerseyGirl57
3.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook
Grabbed as a kindle freebie. I really liked the history and story behind the restaurant before they shared some of their recipes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A_TiffyFit
3.0 out of 5 stars My small thin Greek cookbook
For free you can't go wrong. There are some basic Greek favorites and a few I had not heard of before. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Crafty Angel
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