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A Greek Journey with Fork and Pen: Two Sisters find their roots Paperback – December 6, 2012
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The Sardonis sisters have written a real winner! First, this is a can't-miss cookbook. You can try a recipe for the first time with guests and have no doubt that it will be delicious. Most have already become family favorites at our house. This is Greek cooking at its best - simple and delicious!
Ah, but this book is so much more! The journal entries by the sisters and their husbands are warm, charming and fun.
I like the juxtaposition of Elizabeth's and Dan's entries for Crete:
Elizabeth: So when the time comes to say good-bye there are tears mixed with laughter and promises to try to keep in touch.
Dan: Woke up to the ungodly bleating of goats outside our window.
Greece is never at a loss for characters: Georgia catches snippets of conversation in Greek, like one guy wearing a fishnet wound up for a belt, screaming to his buddy, "Got any wine? Only four bottles? Bring it! We'll drink it as soup!"
And Floyd describes partying in Skopelos that includes not only drinking, toasting and smashing glasses, but jumping into the water.
So until you can go to Greece yourself, bring a bit of Greece to your home: make a dish from this book, pour yourself some Greek wine, smash a few cheap glasses from IKEA, dance a Greek dance and yell the Greek toast, "Yia hara!" ("To Joy!")
A Greek Journey is the antithesis of that. This book is simultaneously a cookbook, an adventure story, a travelogue, a cultural guidebook, and above all a rich record of how members of this family warmly relate to one another. In many cases, a recipe is preceded by the family's experience at the restaurant where the recipe was served.
The book is divided into chapters based on geographical location. My favorite chapter description: "Our cousin at the homestead kills a chicken for dinner; how to tenderize an octopus; souvlaki on brown paper."
How can Betty Crocker compete with that?
Thanks for the time and dedication to this project. It is truly a memorable treasure. I highly recommend this heartwarming book to anyone who loves to cook authentic recipes and/or enjoys reading about adventures in a foreign country.