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Find your own kefi !!!
on 3 July 2005
This book is a very humorous and well written story of a man in love with a place, and of his dreams to be a world famous restauranteur. Patmos, the tiny Greek island famed for St.John's Book of Revelations, just off Samos and requiring several hours journey by boat to get there is where Tom Stone wrote this his second novel. He is given the chance to go into partnership in a taverna on a beach named 'The Beautiful Helen'-after the former wife of its current owner . He took the opportunity, against the advice of his wife, and friends, and changed roles from tourist to cook. Taking his wife and two small children with him he was no longer able to while away his time being "the host" and drinking into the wee small hours, but had to work hard in the kitchen, developing varicose veins into the bargain. Closing the restaurant in those wee small hours, falling into bed and sleeping for a while then opening again for the fishermen at seven.
Despite the relentless hard work the book tells of many joys: the changing beauty of the island, friendships with islanders and foreigners he had known over the years, descriptions of island life, festivals , parties and traditions, and the people that Tom has had the fortune to get to know in the many years he has been there, yachts that arrived from nearby Mykonos for dinner and the everlasting support of his long suffering wife and family.
The book tells of this one summer - a time of change and of learning just who your friends are and a time of growing up for Tom. It was a very pleasant compulsive read, one that I found hard to put down and that I wanted to finish and savour along with all of the lovely foods so vividly described. I wanted to taste the cool tzatziki, the fiery chilli and the sticky pickled quince and wash it all down with endless glasses of retsina. Above all I wanted to find my own kefi on my own greek island taverna!