Vefa's Kitchen (out of print)
Vefa's Kitchen is the first truly comprehensive bible of Greek food in English. Rapidly increasing in popularity, Greek cuisine is simple to prepare, healthy and delicious, and, more than most other cuisines, bears all the hallmarks of the rich cultural history of the land and sea from which it is are drawn. It is the original Mediterranean cuisine, where olive oil, figs, grapes, garlic, bread, wine and cheese have been staples since the beginnings of Western civilization.
With over 1,000 simple recipes by Vefa Alexiadou, the authoritative grand dame of Greek cookery, the book includes information on regional specialities, local ingredients and the religious and historical significance of the dishes, and is illustrated with 200 colour photographs.
Vefa's Kitchen is the definitive work on the rich and fascinating cooking of modern Greece.
Vefa Alexiadou is the leading authority on Greek cookery. A bestselling author of many cookbooks in Greece, she also has her own television series and regularly writes articles for magazines and gives lectures and demonstrations on Greek recipes. She has served on the board of the Centre for the Preservation of Traditional Greek Gastronomy.
Introductory chapters on the history of Greek cuisine, the differences between regional cooking styles, descriptions of Greek ingredients such as herbs, cheeses and wines, and a detailed explanation of the many dishes associated with the Greek religious calendar. More than 700 recipes divided into chapters on mezedes, meat dishes, fish and shellfish, vegetables, cheese and dairy products, dips, filo pies, pulses, soups, sauces, breads and cookies, jams, sweets and cakes. Each chapter has an introduction with general cooking tips, preparation advice and further history of the dishes.