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Smashing Plates: Greek Flavors Redefined [Hardcover]

Maria Elia , Jenny Zarins

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love mediterrean flavors this is a must have book 8 May 2014
By Angela Adu-Badu - Published on Amazon.com
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As a 100% Greek I am not easily impressed with other's recipes. After all, my recipes have been passed down for generations and yet this cookbook has recipes that not only impressed me, but have me hooked. Making Moussaka in a tomato SHEAR GENIUS and it tastes phenomenal and talk about a healthier take on a traditionally heavy meal. If you are only going to buy one ethnic cookbook this year, it should be this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories, lots of vegetables, shared meals and Free-style interpretation 16 July 2014
By Black Sheep & Lorax - Published on Amazon.com
You will love this book if you enjoy (1) cooking with vegetables, (2) cooking with creative interpretation, rather than following a safe recipe. This book is not a compilation of traditional Greek recipes.
'Smashing Plates' is autobiographical. The book the author's exploration of her forgotten Cyprian heritage; it is also a self-portrait of herself as a cook - she loves vegetables, shared meals and reinterpretation of traditional dishes. These themes make up the character and identity of this cookbook.
While the book has both great meat dishes (a scallop/sausage/watermelon combination!, moussaka tomatoes etc.) and vegetable dishes (carrot keftedes, gigantes plaki etc), the author's love for vegetables is visible. The dishes are light and flavorful - make sure to use the freshest ingredients to do them justice.
The author uses the book as a platform to invite the reader into her culinary world. She has organized the book to encourage shared meals. She also guides the reader to reinterpret her already interpreted dishes - 'Smashing Plates' is peppered with hints like "Omit kefalotyri and add 1/3 cups of feta and 2 Tbsps of grated onion". Her footsteps are traced, so following her extemporaneous creativity is easier.

Overall, the book is beautiful, well-written and well-organized. The author's voice comes through the recipes and endows the book with great pathos. I am happy to give it 4/5 stars.
I reserve five stars because the author's philosophy and personality could be more substantially developed, as in 'Manresa' by Kinch or 'Faviken' by Nilsson, where reflective essays take the reader by force to consider food in a new way. But that'd be asking for a lot.
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