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The Parthenon Cookbook: Great Mediterranean Recipes from the Heart of Chicago's Greektown Hardcover – July 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Surrey (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157284096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572840966
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on April 19, 2013
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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 By MARIA PARKS on 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 By S. Sass on April 8, 2011
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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 By L. Mountford TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Dan Rohde on 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 By Midwest Book Review on October 9, 2008
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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 By Nicole Reitz on 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 By Tiger VINE VOICE on 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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