Around a Greek Table: Recipes & Stories Arranged According to the Liturgical Seasons of the Eastern Church

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A culinary exploration of Greece
 
Kefi, loosely translated, is the Greek sense of joy and is often found around the dinner table during large and boisterous family meals of spanakopita, keftedes (Greek meatballs), and much, much more. Largely considered a bit of a mystery to Americans, Greek cooking is far more expansive than simply prepping up a few gyro sandwiches and Greek salads. There is an earthiness about Greek cooking, an amalgam...
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Overview


A culinary exploration of Greece
 
Kefi, loosely translated, is the Greek sense of joy and is often found around the dinner table during large and boisterous family meals of spanakopita, keftedes (Greek meatballs), and much, much more. Largely considered a bit of a mystery to Americans, Greek cooking is far more expansive than simply prepping up a few gyro sandwiches and Greek salads. There is an earthiness about Greek cooking, an amalgam of many historic influences. Lighter than southern Italian, much less pretentious than French, much more refined than Middle Eastern, Greek cuisine at its best is aromatic, tasty, and satisfying.

Around a Greek Table explores the intricacies of Greek cooking and makes these once-mysterious recipes both understandable and possible. It also delves deep into stories of Greek life and kefi around the dinner table. The 100 recipes—from Oven-baked Lamb with Potatoes to Zucchini Fritters to Triple Moussaka and more—are organized around the Eastern Church’s yearly seasons, each interpreted in one of eight chapters, with historical and personal essays exploring the ancient stories that are told around Greek tables in the honored tradition of combining myths with food.

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“Katerina’s love for cooking demonstrates her passion for life. Her recipes exemplify the warmth, tradition, and generosity of spirit found in Greek culture. This is truly a mouth-watering journey!” 
­—Missy Watson, The Best Cellar Restaurant

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762778362
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 427,118
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Katerina Katsarka Whitley is a native Greek who never lost her connections to Greece. Her freelance writing on Greek culture, food, and travel has appeared in the News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), The Catholic Middle East, and other religious journals, and in The Christian Science Monitor. Today she travels the country as a regular speaker at various religious organizations.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    I LOVE this book!!!

    Please take the opportunity to purchase Katerina's book: If you have a love of good food, an adventurous soul, or just love history, you will be very happy with your purchase. As I read her essays about life, liturgy, and the powerful history of her home country...I almost forget that this is a cook book. Then!! I try the recipes already knowing, from experiences at Katerina's table, how amazing they will be... I hope to come close and wow...I do! She is a gifted teacher and the recipes, provide a sense of being there in the kitchen beside her... the equivalent to a master class in Greek cooking! Thank you Katerina, for this wonderful gift to the world.

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