Vefa's Kitchen is the first truly comprehensive bible of Greek food in English. Rapidly increasing in popularity, Greek cuisine is simple to prepare, healthy and delicious, and, more than most other cuisines, bears all the hallmarks of the rich cultural history of the land and sea from which it is are drawn. It is the original Mediterranean cuisine, where olive oil, figs, grapes, garlic, bread, wine and cheese have been staples since the beginnings of Western civilization.
With over 1,000 simple recipes by Vefa Alexiadou, the authoritative grand dame of Greek cookery, the book includes information on regional specialities, local ingredients and the religious and historical significance of the dishes, and is illustrated with 200 colour photographs.
Vefa's Kitchen is the definitive work on the rich and fascinating cooking of modern Greece.
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.
'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
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 30th May 2009
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 19.3 x 5.7
Weight (kg): 27.7