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Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves: A Mediterranean cookbook [Hardcover]

Belinda Harley
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5 May 2014
On the sleepy and beautiful Ionian island of Paxos, the local people still follow the old ways. They cook from ancient recipes: simple dishes, handed down the generations until they are instinctive - in which good ingredients are allowed to speak for themselves. The food on this little island is special, because by happy accident of history and geography, Paxos is the place where Greek and Italian cuisines meet. Here, you have the simplicity and robust flavours of traditional Greek food, lifted with Italian style and panache. The result is the quintessence of Mediterranean cooking - dishes that are simple to prepare, with fresh, healthy ingredients in imaginative combinations. Learn how to make real tzatziki; roast lamb on a spit and prepare octopus; cook one of Belinda s warm pies on a cold winter night, or concoct fresh watermelon daiquiris for friends on a warm summer evening. Many times, you fall in love with something you have tasted on holiday, only to be disappointed when trying to recreate it at home. Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves not only brings a treasure-trove of tastes home safely, it shows how these dishes can be made dazzling and inspiring for modern cooks to serve at home. In sparkling, original recipes that are true to the spirit of Paxiot cooking, it shows how the ancient can be very modern indeed.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (5 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742706002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742706009
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 21.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Belinda Harley began her career in publishing working with such writers as Quentin Crewe, Hugh Johnson and Terence and Caroline Conran. She has published two highly acclaimed cookbooks on Harry s Bar and Annabels, and diary cookbooks for Daylesford Organic. Whilst working both as a literary editor and food writer, she has spent over twenty years researching the food and recipes of the island of Paxos, and re-interpreting them for a modern generation. Recently, her short memoir of life on Paxos, the tale of the dog she rescued from the island, was selected as one of Hatchards Books of the Year. Close to Belinda s heart is the Mediterranean island of Paxos, where she escapes to each year to enjoy the delicious food and slower pace of life.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Diet, Belinda Harley tells us in `Roast Lamb in the Oliver Groves,' comes from the Ancient Greek word `dieta' which means a way of life. For us today, a healthy diet can only really become a way of life if it is enjoyable and achievable day to day. Living in Britain, one doesn't have access to veg nourished by the Mediterranean sun. It is lucky, then, that Harley often translates these traditional recipes for the modern world. The recipes in this book are inspired by the island of Paxos, were the food is simple, clean, sociable and, above all, delicious.

Having lived on a Mediterranean-style diet for years for my health, it is great to try out some of these dishes. Avgolemono is an unctuous soup made from light chicken stock, lemon, egg-whites and no salt. (In fact, many of these dishes require little salt because too much of the stuff inhibits the cooking processes.) It is also resourceful, as this dish encourages you to poach a chicken to make a stock for the soup, and then serve the chicken immediately after as a healthier alternative to a roast. There is good advice for preparing anything from fish carpaccios to a rustic chickpea stew which only has two ingredients.

It is incredibly useful to have a book of healthy recipes which doesn't start from the principal of subtraction: indulgent ingredients swapped for less satisfying ones. Instead, health has always been effortlessly inherent in these recipes. Nothing unhealthy is substituted because unhealthy things weren't there in the first place.

The book is also full of gorgeous photographs of beautifully presented food, and lyrically described. How fabulous that small chunks of lemon flesh are called `lemon tears' by the Greeks! Take this book, and feast on your life.
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This is a fabulous book - not only full of delicious, authentic and easy to follow recipes, but also a bit of history, a bit of Greek mythology and plenty of anecdotes about the many Paxiots that Belinda Harley has befriended over the years. This book has its place as much on a coffee table as it does in the kitchen. Who knew, for example, that St Fanourios is the patron saint of lost things and that if you want help to find them, you should bake little cakes? I can't say that I have found what I lost, but I can say that the little orange and almond cakes were delicious. My family are also pretty amazed at my attempt at rustic bread. Truly written with love, this book makes a wonderful present and I will be buying copies for my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Greek Island in your Kitchen 12 Jun 2014
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In the spirit of Elizabth David this beautiful book , written with love, brings delicious authentic recipes into my kitchen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 20 July 2014
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brilliant! well described and funny easy to follow recipes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why no lamb on cover??? 23 April 2014
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Not arrived yet but title makes me there is no lamb on front cover...just fish! Love all Cretan/ Greek Cook books so gonna love this one too!
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