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"This cookbook is deliciously stuffed with tradition and love."
—Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding

"This book is a must for anyone interested in experiencing the richness of the food and culture of Greece!"
—Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner

"Debbie has really captured the essence of the true Greek classics that are my soul food. It is a must-have for any cook."
—Cat Cora, Iron Chef

“Like Debbie, my grandmother (Yiayia) always had something delicious and healthy waiting for us in the kitchen. I congratulate Debbie for gathering all these wonderful recipes together and never taking the gift of tradition and good health for granted.”
— Melina Kanakaredes, star of CSI: New York

“I don't know anyone who embodies more fire, energy and passion into their everyday life the way Debbie does. You can feel it on every page of this beautifully written and photographed cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow, and the food is absolutely amazing!”
—Cristina Ferrare, New York Times bestselling author and cohost of Hallmark's Emmy-nominated Home & Family

About the Author

Both of Debbie Matenopoulos’s parents immigrated to the United States from Greece and instilled in Debbie the concept of philoxenia, a passion for bringing friends, family, and even strangers together over the dinner table for meals made with love.

A two-time Emmy nominee, Matenopoulos has sustained her career as a compelling journalist and talk show host for more than a decade. After starting out on The View as the youngest person in daytime history to hold a permanent co-host position on network television, she went on to launch the TV Guide Channel, host the TBS hit series He’s a Lady, write and sell a movie to Oxygen Network, and co-host FOX’s Good Day Live. She then joined the E! Network family and began co-hosting red carpet events, The Daily 10, and also hosted Fashion Police and Style Network’s Instant Beauty Pageant.

She is now correspondent for CBS Television’s The Insider and covers everything from pop culture trends to the latest hard-hitting news.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193952993X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939529930
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ellen VINE VOICE on April 23, 2014
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I am 100% Greek American.
Grew up with my grandmother's recipes and learned to not to fear making any recipe.
Debbie Matenopoulos has hit the ball out of the park!!!!
Great recipes my family has made and within village to village there may be a few variations of ingredients --but these are excellent, doable authentic Greek recipes the home cook could make and take the bows!
My own minus--the lamb is shown too rare--a lot of Greeks are more well in the meat dept.
The fish, the appetizers, the moussaka, pastitso, as well as the sweets are close to ours-only where she uses walnuts, we use almonds. Just a village to village thing--
And this is one of the best Greek Cookbooks I've seen and will use.
Simply explained and the average cook could easily create Greek night at home!!!!
Bravo Debbie!!! Yiassou!!

Ellen George, reviewer and author of poetry, short stories, and children's book Flutterby.
Book of fiction in the works!!
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I am not Greek, but I LOVE Greek food. That is, as I have known Greek food here in the United States. I have never traveled to Greece either, so I bought Debbie's book to learn about authentic Greek food and how it is cooked so I can make it like that at home. I AM SO GLAD I DID. This book is such an enjoyable read! Debbie has shared her family's authentic Greek recipes with all of us. It's like going through her personal recipe box. The photos are colorful and meaningful. Her text and tips are educational and entertaining. So what about the recipes? DELISH! I've made seven so far and plan to try more recipes this week. I have learned that traditional Greek salad does not have lettuce in it. I've learned what a huge difference the brine-packed Greek feta makes in that salad! So different and so much better than the dry, crumbly stuff I had been buying before. To me, it was the star of the salad because it so perfectly balanced all of the flavors. But let me tell you something. Her "Perfect Herb-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables" is indeed PERFECT. That recipe alone is worth the price of the book. I am serious about that. It takes a bit of prep but is SO worth it. The chicken and vegetables are unbelievably flavorful, tender, moist and juicy. Then there is this wonderful sauce in the pan that will make you swoon. I declare, even the chicken must be deliriously happy to be cooked in such heavenly ingredients! If you grew up with southern dinners of roast beef and gravy and mashed potatoes as I did, but now you need a healthier alternative that is still a "special" meal, this roasted chicken recipe is the one you need. It is "whole food" cooking and the whole meal is in the one roasting pan. Nothing processed in it.Read more ›
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Greek food is my favorite food and I was so happy to find a cookbook where the recipes were simple and delicious and emphasize the tradition of the healthy mediterranean diet. My favorites so far are the Faki, (green lentil soup) and the Spanakovizo which is a a traditional dish make of spinach and rice...It was fantastic and lemony....Next up is the Melitzanosalata, the eggplant dip...
Debbie Matenopolous books is terrific....a must have!
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I have dozens of cookbooks I've collected over the years. Some worth the price for one, maybe two or more, truly spectacular recipes, but most a waste of money, time, ingredients. Same goes for all those cooking show recipes. Most make no sense (ingredients, instructions...) and just do not produce excellent results (top of the list, anything Martha Stewart). To my total amazement, ALL of the recipes (I've made about 2/3 of them so far) in this cookbook are reliable and produce excellent results. For many years, I've searched for a recipe for Pastitsio, for example, and hers is outstanding! And, I've lost ten pounds since purchasing this cookbook two months ago.
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I am Greek American and we all cook out of the church cookbooks, which contain recipes from all of the yia yias in the cathedral. The problem is these cookbooks don't contain accurate instructions or exact amounts for recipes (i.e. a container of cottage cheese vs. 8 ounces of cottage cheese). Debbie's book contains exact measurements so you cannot fail and easy instructions for any level of cook. Furthermore, Debbie is not a chef, she is a home cook that learned in the kitchen with her mom, so her recipes are realistic and are not too complex (but still delicious, I have eaten a lot of spanakopita in my life and this recipe is stellar). The book contains beautiful photos and I enjoyed reading Debbie's little tidbits and suggestions as well, the book would make a great gift for anyone that enjoys greek cooking or wants to try something different. Of all of my greek cookbooks, this one is by far my favorite! (and if the Greeks recommend it, that says a lot)
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I got this book because I wanted to make a pasticho and I have always been a fan of Debbie. Let me say that the cookbook did not disappoint. The pasticho was so easy to make, who knew? What I noticed in this cookbook is that there are funny and touching stories within the pages. I found myself sitting down and reading this cookbook like a regular book! This now makes me want to book a trip to Greece! Thank you Debbie for sharing your family's recipes!
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