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Alexiadou, a chef well-regarded in Greece for her books and TV series, has compiled recipes from every corner of the country, for every section of the menu, beginning with a delightful array of mezedes such as wine-steamed mussels and fava bean croquettes, then going through soups and salads, pasta, fish and shellfish, all kinds of meats, and baked goods. Though she certainly includes classics like pastitsio, spanakopita and baklava, AlexiadouÖs selections overall demonstrate the breadth and depth of Greek cookery with entries such as duckling with kumquats, pumpkin fritters and tangerine flutes. She opens with a brief tour of GreeceÖs main regions and their specialties, but the focus is more on cooking than chatting; a concise section offering historical tidbits and general instructions opens each chapter, and many recipes close with serving and presentation tips. AlexiadouÖs aim is to provide a wide assortment of authentically Greek dishes, bringing the country to life through the recipesÖ varied ingredients rather than through prose. Some of the ingredients, like colocasia, or sheepÖs milk, will be harder for the home cook to obtain than others, but anyone seriously interested in learning the full repertoire of Greek cooking will be willing to make the effort, just as they will want this book. (May)
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'lovely and well written ... Phaidon has produced the authoritative tome on Greek cookery.' The Bookseller 'Greek cookbook writer, TV presenter and chef Vefa Alexiadou has collected hundreds of recipes from all over Greece' The Observer 'bulges with traditional recipes collected from all over Greece.' The Daily Telegraph magazine 'bound to become a contemporary classic ... will have you whipping up moussaka in no time.' Thomas Cook magazine 'the book's a stunner, beautifully designed, and should give hours of pleasure of page-flicking joy and cooking pleasure to anyone who appreciates real Greek food.' Time Out
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1st edition (May 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714849294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714849294
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whenever I've turned to Vefa's Kitchen for a dish I already know I like, I've been pleased with the results. However, sometimes when I just pick a dish at random the results have been a bit bland. Surely some people's tastes run to the bland side, so I'm not doubting the authenticity of the recipes.

That said, I just made the mousaka and it was the best mousaka I've ever had. And that's saying something, since Mousaka is the first dish I try at any new Greek restaurant I encounter. The book gets five stars just for teaching me to make my favorite dish just the way I like it.

When I'm feeling adventurous, I might turn to How to Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking (try its gyro recipe!), but for good, classic Greek dishes, Vefa's Kitchen is now my first stop.
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The author of thirteen cookbooks in Greece and the host of her own culinary television series in that country, Vefa Alexiadou is an expert and an authority on authentic Greek cuisine who has served on the board of the Centre for the Preservation of Traditional Greek Gastronomy. Simply and straightforwardly, "Vefa's Kitchen" is a 703-page compendium that can justifiably be considered as the 'bible' of Greek cuisine. Featured are more than 650 recipes for authentic Greek dishes ranging from Shellfish in Phyllo Parcels; Curly Endive and Wild Asparagus Salad; Lentils with Lamb and Onions; and Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beans; to Baked Sea Bass with Olives; Chicken with Pickled Lemon from Corfu; Wild Boar in Red Wine from Thrace; and Sesame Seed Honey Bars. Profusely illustrated with color photos of finished dishes, each showcased recipe is thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' in presentation with an ingredients list, step-by-step cooking instructions, estimated numbers of servings, preparation time and cooking time. An ideal addition to professional and community library ethnic cookbook collections, "Vefa's Kitchen" is an essential addition to personal and family cookbook collections for those who enjoy Greek cuisine and dishes suitable for every dining occasion from simply family meals to elegant gourmet-quality dining celebrations.
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I have three other Vefa cookbooks and love them to bits. I grew up with Greek food, so I am familiar with what it is supposed to taste like, and Vefa hits the spot. I was excited when I got this book as a gift~a huge book of Vefa's recipes? Heck yes! So far every recipe I have tried from here has turned out dull. I was especially disappointed in her Greek potatoes recipe. I followed it to the letter, my oven is the right temperature (I have a separate thermometer in there to make sure). And the potatoes turned out dry and bland. This has been the case for other recipes from this book. It's not bad, but definitely not what I expected from a book termed the bible of authentic Greek cooking. Her other books are much much better.
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I love to cook but even before I did, I loved cookbooks!! This is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have ever seen!! It has English titles with the Greek title below, the pictures are outstanding and the recipes are all easy to read and on one page which is sort of a requirement for my cookbook buying. Another gorgeous surprise of this book is that it has ribbons for dividers that you could use or just keep in place if you didn't want to. Now to the food,,,,these are basic recipes that everyone would need for Greek cuisine!!! Appetizers, desserts, main dishes, soups, etc. It is divided and organized well and an absolute treat for cookbook lovers and especially Greek food lovers!!!!!! Worth the money, big time!!!!
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By Michael S. Baird on September 28, 2009
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This is a complete, interesting cookbook. My only complaint is the index. You can't look up Moussaka, Souvlaki, or Galatopita, for example. You must look for main ingredient or for type - sauces, poultry, salads, etc. It will get much use in my non-greek home.
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My family is Greek, and I have recipes from both my yiayias. The problem is that a lot of the recipes are missing exact measurements. I use this book to fill in the gaps for my recipes. It has been an essential part of my Greek cooking. I highly suggest this book. I think it makes a fantastic gift, as well.
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I am 70yr. old and have been cooking greek food since I married a Greek at 17yr. my children also cook including greek foods. I saw this author and cook on Martha Stewart show and was impressed with her style. My children also like the book.
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By A.L. on November 14, 2011
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It can be a problem sometimes to find a recipe if you don't know the 'english' name. My wife is greek and she knows all the recipes by their greek names. Also, some recipes ask for a white sauce but you have to look somewhere else to find and make it.
A good overall book with all these greek delicious recipes.
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