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Vefa's Kitchen [Hardcover]

Vefa Alexiadou
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Book Description

April 2009
"Vefa's Kitchen" is the first authoritative and all-encompassing Greek recipe book in English. Doing for Greek cuisine what the hugely successful "Silver Spoon" did for Italian, it contains more than 700 fully updated, straightforward and mouthwatering recipes. Aimed at all lovers of Mediterranean food, the book will appeal to anyone who loves to cook easy, tempting and delicious dishes, from simple but stunning salads and mezedes in summer, to slowly simmered meat dishes and crisp filo pastries in winter. As well as presenting definitive recipes for taverna favourites such as moussaka, tzatziki and hummus, the book documents the extraordinary variety of local sweets and pastries, delicious home-baked breads and cheeses of the mountainous interior, as well as the fish and vegetable dishes of coastal areas, simply fragranced with lemons and herbs. Like Italian cuisine, Greek cooking is incredibly simple and delicious, and is based on the natural qualities of good olive oil, fruit and vegetables, grains and seafood. And more than almost any other cuisine, modern Greek food contains many traces of its remarkable history, with its origins as far back as Homer and the 'wine-dark' Aegean Sea of the Iliad. The health benefits of the traditional Greek diet are well documented, and the extensive Greek repertoire of vegetable dishes is well represented, with more than 300 dishes that do not contain meat or fish. There is a comprehensive introduction on local ingredients and wines, the history of Greek cooking and the culinary characteristics of each region, as well as recipes for traditional and religious dishes. Vefa Alexiadou is the leading culinary authority in Greece today and is the author of many bestselling cookbooks. "Vefa's Kitchen" will quickly become a must-have for all home cooks and lovers of Mediterranean food.

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd (April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714849294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714849294
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 11 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'stretches far beyond Greek salad and moussaka' Sainsury's magazine, July 2009 'bulges with traditional recipes collected from all over Greece. - The Mediterranean diet was born in Greece [ - ] its constituents are cereals, beans, greens, herbs, olive oil, figs, grapes, wine and cheese: bet you feel healthier just reading these words. Delve in here to discover ways to cook all of the above' The Daily Telegraph magazine, 11 July 2009 'Potatoes or no potatoes? It's a question of often asked about classic Greek moussaka. If you have a copy of Vefa's Kitchen to hand, the argument will soon be settled. - packed with definitive recipes for much loved and often misunderstood classics, plus lesser known but no less delicious dishes from all over the country. - the recipes are clearly and carefully written, and ingredients kept accessible - Turn to page 419, by the way, for the solution to the moussaka conundrum, and if you actually make it, prepare for a life-changing experience!' Jamie, July 2009 'anyone who thought that Greek cuisine was the stuff you were served on your annual holiday [...] is in for a for a surprise. ... Yes, taramsalata, tzatziki and hummus are all there, but so is cuttlefish in wine, salt cod fritters and squid served with nettles. ... One surprise about the book is how well it caters for vegetarians.' Lena Corner, The Independent, 16 July 2009 'Phaidon [are] confident that this book will be a winner internationally. And they're not wrong. ... this book is possibly the most authoritative written in the English language. It kicks off with an overview of the regionality of Greek food, then goes straight into the recipes. It's all to the point and for people who cook; there is no 'lifestyle' element ... just lots of tested, clear recipes. The photography is equally simple and effective, immediately evocative of the food of the real Greece ... the book's a stunner, beautifully designed, and should give hours of pleasure of page-flicking joy and cooking pleasure to anyone who appreciates real Greek food.' Guy Dimond, Time Out, 28 July 2009 'Vefa Alexiadou, the grande dame of Greek cuisine, has just penned Vefa's Kitchen ... which has been hailed as the definitive bible of her homeland's traditional dishes.' Easy Jet Traveller, August 2009 'will set a benchmark for future generations. - with its distinctive blue and white cover design [ - ] an authoritative and beautifully illustrated book - striking colour photographs' Martin Stote, The Ionian, September 2011

About the Author

Vefa Alexiadou is the leading authority on Greek cookery. A bestselling author of thirteen 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.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek Cookery Bible 26 Aug 2009
Having lived in Greece for a few years and eating Greek food everyday, I was looking to buy a recipe book so that I could recreate some mouthwatering Greek dishes at home. That is exactly what I am able to do with 'Vefa's Kitchen'.

This book has an introduction detailing the different regions of Greece and the food specialities that can be found in these areas. The whole book is divided in to sections (mezedes, vegetables, fish, pasta, meat, bread, biscuits, cakes etc.) comprising of clear and simple, easy to understand recipes. All the well known and loved Greek dishes are in here (moussaka, stuffed vegetables, beef stifado, baklava, halva etc.) plus many many more. All recipes are given with exact cooking temperatures and the ingredients are also given in exact amounts, unlike some greek cookery books which I have had in the past where ingredients are given in handfuls instead of amounts!!

There are colour photographs inside with typical scenes of Greece aswell as some of the various dishes contained within the book.

Recipe notes at the back of the book aswell as a glossary add to the 'easy to use' nature of this book.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves cooking and Greek food, either to give as a gift or to have at home as a great kitchen companion.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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Coming in at around 700 pages, the number of recipes being probably more than 3 times that number, you might think that this is a fully comprehensive book of Greek cuisine. But on reading through the introduction which discusses the regions and the variation in their cooking, there is plentiful mention of intruiging sounding specialities which on further investigation in the index are not actually contained within. Having whetted the appetite we can't then go on to make them from this book.

Despite its size and weight, it's practical for use in the kitchen from the point of view of being hardback, so can lie open flat, and has three ribbon bookmarks included. It also looks like it will endure years of regular use. On the other hand, and it's perhaps only to be expected, as a result of cramming in so many recipes the presentation results in a lack of useability from lack of readability. Instructions are crammed into a single paragraph rather than distinct paragraphs or numbered steps, which doesn't lend itself to easily referring back to the next step as you are cooking.

Undoubtedly the most comprehensive (but not fully so) book on the market for Greek cuisine by a long way, but if starting out on Greek or Mediterranean cuisine you may want to consider whether you'd be better off getting a smaller book with fewer recipes but with greater useability.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Collection of Greek Recipes 25 Aug 2013
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This book is the Greek Cooks Bible. It covers almost every dish you will encounter in Greece or Cyprus. Fantastic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every penny 17 Feb 2011
By sean r
from the online description i knew i was getting a good book, but that did not prepare me for how good. since holidaying in greece and crete i have developed a love of their food and wished to be able to cook it myself. i have bought a couple of greek cookbooks and one cretean and found some great recipes in them, but something was missing. these books seemed to be small snippets of a bigger picture. in this book i have found not only the bigger picture but an album of pictures. the book is well laid out with clear instructions for each stage of the process. it also has a number of great photos. these things you would expect find in most cookbooks. what you would normally not find in most is the complete variety of recipes in one book. after looking through this book i was amazed at the similarites between greek recipes and others from say north africa and morocco. each version with slight changes. so if you are looking for a greek cookbook that does not just open up that countries best food, but also opens up a whole regions best. look no further. why buy a couple of books when this one will cover all the bases. i would recommend this book to anyone and have already decided to make it my xmas present to a few of my foodie friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 4 April 2014
By Skippy
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Having travelled many times to Greece and being a lover of Greek food I was looking for a cookery book which as well as including common delicacies also included more obscure recipes. This covers most things so well pleased with my purchase and would recommend to others thinking about buying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 2 Jan 2014
By Tinks
My husband was amazed with this Greek cook book: the content, layout and overall appearance. I have also heard that a Greek friend swears by it, so it can't be bad!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes more pictures needed 12 Dec 2013
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I chose this book, because I wanted something to give me authentic Greek recipes and this book certainly achieves that.
There is also some very interesting reading on the regional Greek food and recipes.
However not being familiar with all of the recipes and ingredients used I often find myself with something very tasty, but the lack of pictures with a lot of recipes means I am not sure if what I have is as it should be.
Overall though an excellent read and guide that I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book and great value 8 Nov 2013
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What an awesome, classic Greek recipe book - lovely to look at/have in the kitchen or on shelf, and nice pictures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bible of Greek cooking
I love this cookery book. Such easy instructions to follow, great tasting food at the end. Interesting to just read too
Published 6 months ago by Mrs P J Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Tasty
This is a super recipe book - we have now tried 20 + of its recipes, and all have been 'as it says on the tin'. Accurate instructions, everything very flavoursome, delicious. Read more
Published 9 months ago by dragg
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
If you like Greek cuisine, this is the book for you. But it is also a great book for Mediterranean culture and food. Every recipe is so well explained and easy to realize. Read more
Published 14 months ago by PATRIZIA MALOMO
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
It has every recipe you could ever want or need. I am looking forward to ploughing my way through them all. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Greek Delia
Greek cuisine - not to be confused with an indifferent moussaka or a sad Greek salad (meaning tasteless tomatoes thrown together with cheap Greek-style cheese) eaten in an... Read more
Published 18 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I love this book
This book was given to my husband (he is of Greek Cypriot descent) for christmas about three years ago. Read more
Published 24 months ago by sportsciencerocks
5.0 out of 5 stars What all cook books should be!
This is a good old fashioned cook book. Simple, clear, pictures, and loads of choice. If you like Greek cooking, you'll love this book.
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