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Afternoons in Ithaka : A Memoir of Greece and Finding Your Place - Spiri Tsintziras

Afternoons in Ithaka

A Memoir of Greece and Finding Your Place


Published: 1st February 2014
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I remember crusty just-baked bread, rubbed with juicy tomato flesh, swimming in a puddle of thick green olive oil. I am seven years old. I sit on a stool in my grandmother's house. It is the height of summer in a seaside village in the south of Greece. We little Aussies devour 'tomato sandwiches' as the family chats and laughs and swats flies ...

From the first heady taste of tomatoes on home-baked bread in her mother's village in Petalidi, to sitting at a taverna some 30 years later in Ithaka with her young family, Spiri Tsintziras goes on a culinary, creative and spiritual journey that propels her back and forth between Europe and Australia. These evocative, funny and poignant stories explore how food and culture, language and music, and people and their stories help to create a sense of meaning and identity.

About the Author

With a keen interest in people and their stories, Spiri Tsintziras has a background in social work and freelance journalism and has worked in marketing, publishing and policy roles for more than fifteen years. She has had numerous stories about food, family and connection published in The Age, and is the co-author of Parlour Games for Modern Families, the winner of the Australian Book Industry Award Book of the Year for Older Children 2010. Spiri lives in Melbourne with her husband, two kids and a bunch of pets.



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  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Well Written


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    I am really enjoying the story about Spiri and growing up in Australia and having come from Greece. Love the stories and tales about her Grandmother and her family. Love the recipes, can't wait to try some of them!

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    ISBN: 9780733332081
    ISBN-10: 0733332080
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 352
    Published: 1st February 2014
    Publisher: ABC Books
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.1 x 13.5  x 2.6
    Weight (kg): 0.33