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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2004
When seeing this book on Amazon and having tasted Cypriot food many times is Cyprus made by my Cypriot friends, I couldn't wait to try get this book home to try some of the 'Tasty Greek's' recipes for myself, and to my delight when trying a few of the recipes in this book I was very impressed with the results. The 'Tasty Greek' has set this book out in such an easy to follow way and it is so clear in it's instructions that it is almost impossible to get any of these Greek Cypriot dishes wrong. Overall I think this is a great book and a brilliant idea as there aren't many alike, going into such detail of recipes. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trying these meals for themselves. It gets a 10 out of 10 from me!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2005
I have read many cook books in my time and this I must agree is the best. Not only are the recipies so straight forward to cook, the dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. I enjoyed sitting back and relaxing reading the hand full of poems that seperates each chapter. What you see is what you get with this book and as you are cooking the delicious reciples you can almost feel the Cypriot atmosphere. If you want a euthentic cook book I highly recommend purchasing this. I will give this 10 out of 10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2005
I find the recipes in this book, real, as if I was really sitting in Cyprus.
And my brothers Fiance who's parents live in Cyprus, has been looking for one of the vine leave recipes for ages. She could not beleive her eyes, she said it was a great present to receive.
The book is written so if feels like a friend is telling you how to cook.
Thiumbs up, and thankyou for such tasty and authentic recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2005
This is a fine book, written with knowledge, humour, passion and clarity. You can read it for pleasure; then look through the pictures and enjoy it again; and then go and cook the food and double your enjoyment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2007
What a great cookery book! Authentic and traditional dishes without the fuss of complex recipes and too many ingredients used to spoil the fun of cooking. Very healthy! Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2004
I recently purchased this Cookery book and was delighted to see that the receipes are so easy to follow and that I was able to make quick tasty meals at a reasonable price. I also enjoyed the poems inside.
If you like Greek food you will not be disappointed with this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2007
Thank you for producing a book at last with Cypriot Greek recipes, rather than from Greece! Quality photos showing how the dishes should turn out and a fine selection - from snacking to family feasts. Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to revisit happy times on the blessed paradise isle of Cyprus.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2009
I'm completely baffled by the glowing reviews for this book. I noted a while ago that one buyer dared write something negative and was launched upon by the author and ripped to pieces. So I'm going to be brave. But constructive. I found this book difficult to read (the different coloured type and a variety of fonts in some places that will give you a migraine) and was somewhat bemused by the close-ups of the author scattered throughout, taking up, in my mind, valuable space that could have been filled with recipes. Not to mention the irrelevant poetry - I wanted a cookery book.

I own hundreds of cook books and several cover greek cypriot cookery - my personal favourite. My father was a Greek Cypriot chef from North Cyprus and my mother, a tradditional Greek Cyrpiot housewife from the South. No two Cypriot cooks (or any other type of cuisine for that matter) will cook dishes exactly the same so I have always been interested in all the different ways dishes are prepared; trying them for myself and deciding which I liked the best. For example, I will swear by my mother's 'makaronia to foorno' but no-one can beat aunt's keftedes! I bought the book and was looking forward to trying some of the recipes, looking for that regional twist. I tried the bread and stuffed vine leaves recipes and they were ok. In fact most of the recipes are just ok. I was looking for more nutritional information other than 'tasty and nutrious'; in keeping with today's trends. One of my treasured Cypriot cook books in Cooking from Cyprus; the Island of Aphrodite, including recipes of Taverna Meze It was first published in 1979 and poorly translated into English into 1993. But I love it. It is my culinary bible and regardless of the comedy translation it is still fool proof (even if Greek is not your first language) and actually gives away some Cypriot cookery secrets! Even my father didn't know how other professional cooks would keep their lokmadhes (Cyprus doughnuts with honey syrup) so crunchy and yet Nearchos gives the secret away! Now it's my secret!

I expected something new and exciting but I was just left dissapointed by how poorly ressearched the recipes were and it all just seemed a bit hurried. More information on the recipes and less unrelated nonsense. I noted that it now goes for around £150 as a collectible. I'm happy to give my copy away if anyone wants it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2006
I Have Recently Perchased This Fine Book. Unlike Any Other Cook Books I Have Read, This Is Very Original And Easy To Follow. While Cooking These Euthentic Aroma Filling Recipes, I Enjoyed Sitting Back And Enjoying Reading The Creactive Poems Seperating Each Chapter And Throughout. To Name Some Of The My Favourite Mouth Watering Recipes: Chicken Tavan, Kleftiko and Moussaka. I Highly Recommend This Book And I Would Give It 10/10. OOPA!!
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on 12 November 2004
I have recently purchased this book and felt that I had to write a review. I think the author has done an remarkable job and it seems as if he's got his whole family involved in the book. The text is not only large and simple to read, the recipes are very straight forward and easy to follow. Having made a few of the recipes the pictures really are what you see is what you get. It was relaxing reading the poems and theirs not only six poems as suggested by the book synopsis, the author has written a selection of small poems for each chapter. Congratulations on a wonderful book.
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