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"Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water" Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!: Family Recipes Paperback – December 9, 2010
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About the Author
Ivy Liacopoulou was born in Limassol, Cyprus. She worked in the Airline industry for many years and later on opened a bookstore, which she run for several years. After early retirement in 2007, she created her blog "Kopiaste" and decided to record the traditional recipes of her country, as a heritage to her children. The author is an experienced home cook, being married for many years. She worked in a family restaurant in Cyprus, as an Assistant chef and now is a culinary instructor, in Nafplion, Peloponnese, Greece, where she lives. Ivy belongs to a new generation of home cooks who loves to experiment and create new recipes of her own. Her creativeness and passion for cooking are depicted in her blog, “Kopiaste”. For those who do not know Greek, “kopiaste” is an expression often used in Cyprus and is a polite way of inviting somebody to come inside. It literally means “make an effort to” but it is also synonymous to “welcome”. In Cyprus, we say “kopiaste” when we want to invite someone in our house, to share our food with others or when we open our house to friends and invite them to come and make themselves at home. So, in her way Ivy is inviting you into her virtual kitchen to share with you her recipes and all her “little” secrets , behind hundreds of home-style recipes that have been part of her family's heritage for many years. After cooking her recipes, you will taste and scent the delectable, mouthwatering aromas of cinnamon, mint and blossom water, the predominant flavours of Cypriot cuisine, which hopefully will evoke wonderful memories.
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Ivy recognised this need and set about over many years compiling a Recipe book unlike ive seen from Greece or Cyprus.
On most recipes you receive a small history lesson on the meal, before a comprehensive list of ingredients and very simplistic directions.
Ivy had pictures and easy to follow steps with pictures most of the time to keep you on track.I Love my cooking but consider myself a dud baker with a bad oven and yet i succeeded in making some amazing dishes with Ivy's helping hand.
Ivy has her own website Kopiaste.org where she helps us out with anything we may get stuck on.
the Book is beautifully written, the pictures are clear and the writing is easy to read while racing around the kitchen!
I recommend this book to anybody looking to to explore an amazing diverse culture through its 10,000 years of cooking history, or those looking to step back into Yayyas Kitchen again.
My daughters and I love Ivy's blog called Kopiaste, so when the book arrived, we were so excited. It was like Christmas in our house! In fact, one of my daughters took the book to her room in the evening to review before going to bed. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
When I found the book, quite by accident while Googling for Cypriot recipes, it was only available in America, but it has been well worth the extra cost of getting it across the pond. Now I want one for myself, but I'm hoping that it will be available in England before too long. I daren't ask to borrow my daughter's!
Highly recommended for anyone who loves Cypriot cuisine - you won't want to stop cooking!
Well, Ivy's book does just that! A nice, easy to read, step by step way detailing traditional recipes just like 'mamma' and 'yiayia' did. Except Ivy's book goes a step further offering helpful photos as well.
Now, that I cook for my own kids (and wife :)) who love Cypriot food, this book is a great addition to my collection. I would highly recommend it for anyone (beginners or not) who love Cypriot cuisine or just want to make some Cypriot dishes.
Very well written, Ivy gives details about: preparation time, cooking time and portions which makes it easier for the user of the book to get organized. At the end of the book there are several traditional dessert recipes which make the content of this book even more exciting.
Each recipe is preceded by a beautiful color photograph of the prepared dish. There are recipes which include some step by step photos as well. Ivy also writes a small narrative in all recipes explaining exactly what each recipe is about, and the traditional origin behind it.
I would recommend this cookbook for everyone who wants to make an interesting trip through taste!
I stronly recommend Mrs. Liacopoulou's cook books/