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From a Traditional Greek Kitchen: Vegetarian Cuisine (Healthy World Cuisine) Paperback – January 1, 1992
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While this cookbook does not provide any photos, it does provide a helpful section on Greek ingredients, and an informative herb and spice glossary. The cookbook includes recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, sauces, entrées, side dishes, breads, and sweets, and all recipes include nutrition information. Ms. Polemis, who is originally from Greece, also includes helpful hints and advice in many of the recipes.
While testing the recipes, I found that the instructions are easy to follow and understand. This cookbook might not be the best choice for a novice, but it is definitely clear enough for those with some culinary experience. The dishes were very flavorful, using traditional Greek accents and seasonings that are readily available at most local grocery stores.
Overall, I recommend this cookbook. It is a wonderful addition to any kitchen, not only for vegetarians, but also for those who would like to try healthy and flavorful alternatives to the standard Greek dishes.
I did find a non-traditional part, though, while browsing, The "falafel" page. First of all in Greece you don't call them falafel (this is Lebanese dish, very favoured in Egypt too), but "revithokeftedes". Secondly, she advises to fill a pita pocket with them. In Greece you don't do that, and Greek pita has no pocket, it's thicker, and bread-like, cannot be slit. Cypriot pita is oval and can be slit, Arabic pita is big and round and can be slit, but not the Greek one.
But this is a small quibble. You see, most English-language authors writing about Greek cooking are not based in Greece so they may become influenced by the foodstuff they see in American supermarkets.
No matter. I think this book is the best introduction to Greek vegetarian cookery, and if I had to recommend one of the ones I own to someone, I would pick this one.
The recipes in this book are easy to make, so any cook should be able to prepare them. I would recommend this book to anyone who want to add some Greek recipes to their repetoir. Although it is a vegetarian cookbook, non-vegetarians will enjoy it too!
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I have had this cookbook for years and it is one of my favorites. I just ordered a replacement copy because my old copy was disintegrating. Read morePublished 4 months ago by kareninca
If you love traditional Greek food that is nourishing, comforting and vegetarian this is your book. Lovely recipes that if you had to adapt for meat eating guests or potlucks you... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Michele Matheson
Growing up with Greek food, I am very discerning when it comes to Greek cookbooks. Not only does this one keep the traditional flavor profiles of much loved Greek foods, but it... Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I got this as a gift for my Mother-in-Law so she could become more familiar with Greek cooking on my side of the family and since she likes to cook I figured it'd be something... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Junoesque
This book is great. This book really shows how many traditional recipes in the Greek cuisine do not have meat ingredients. Read morePublished on August 22, 2002 by Margaret Provias