The Gift of the Greek: 75 Authentic Recipes for the Mediterranean Diet

The Gift of the Greek: 75 Authentic Recipes for the Mediterranean Diet

by Yiota Giannakopoulou


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A rustic but modern cookbook, filled with traditional recipes passed down through several generations of Greek and Mediterranean cooks.

With a minimalist feel and an emphasis on the use of fresh ingredients, limited use of processed raw ingredients, and a generous dose of olive oil in almost every dish, this is a cookbook that moves focus away from weight management enthusiasts, toward the more health-conscious foodie.

In The Gift of the Greek, you will find recipes for colorful, vibrant salads, delicious specialty breads, an array of dips for every occasion, and an abundance of desserts influenced by Greece’s geographical position as a checkpoint between the East and the West. Fragrant syrups, eastern spices, and heartwarming custards adorn the pages of this contemporary, yet traditional cookbook.

For generations the Greek diet was almost exclusively vegan, which is something that resulted from the country’s close relationship with religion and, subsequently, lent. This book is designed with the traditional Greek diet in mind, using a minimal amount of meat.

Eat your way to a healthy olive-oiled heart, and live as long as George, Yiota’s 99-year-old granddad!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510725577
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,181,140
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Yiota Giannakopoulou grew up in Nafplio, Peloponnese, where she learned to appreciate the generous fruit of the fertile soil. Fruit and vegetables were available in abundance from her granddad’s extensive garden plot: eggplants, zucchinis, figs, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions . . . you name it!
Watching her parents cook helped her gain a variety of skills and keep up with tradition.
Yiota currently resides in the United Kingdom with her husband, her two cats Sheldon and Hugo, and their two rabbits Beatrice and Rincewind.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Appetizers and Salads 5

Vine Leaf and Rice Rolls (Ντολμαδακια Γιαλαντζι) 6

Butter Beans (Γιγαντες Γιαχνι) 8

Traditional Lettuce Salad with a Vinaigrette Sauce (Μαρουλοσαλατα) 10

Peasants' Salad (Χωριατικη Σαλατα) 12

Honey and Sesame Cheese (Σαγανακι) 14

Seafood Salad (Σαλατα με Θαλασσινα) 16

Swirly Cheese Pie (Στριφτη Τυροττιτα) 18

Shrimp in a Tomato and Ouzo Sauce (Γαρισδες Σαγανακι) 20

Bulgur Wheat and Feta Cheese Salad (Σαλατα με Πλιγουρι και Τυρι Φετα) 22

Puy Lentil, Tuna, and Rice Salad (Σαλατα με Τονο και ΡυΖι.) 24

Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt (Πατατοσαλατα με Στραγγιστο Γιαουρτι) 26

Main Dishes 29

Garden Peas with Carrots and Potatoes (Αρακας) 30

Chickpea Soup (Ρεβυθοσουττα) 32

Spinach and Feta Cheese Pie (Σττανακοττιτα) 34

Stuffed Squid (Γεμιστα Καλαμαρακια) 37

Quick and Easy Leftover Pork and Orzo Pasta Stew 40

Cauliflower and Rice (Κουνουττíδι με Ρυζι) 42

Puy Lentil Stew (Φακες) 44

Quick and Easy Green Beans (Φασολακια) 46

Bean Broth (Φασολαδα 48

Mum's Chicken and Rice Soup with a Lemon and Egg Sauce (Κοτοσουττα Αυγολεμονο) 50

Smyrna Meatballs (Σουτζουκακια Σμυρνεικα) 52

Lemon Chicken with Rice (Κοτοττουλο Λεμονατο) 54

Mince Pie (Κιμαδοττιτα) 56

Chicken Giouvetsi (Κοτοττουλο Γιουβετσι) 58

Yiota's Chicken Kebab (Γυρος Κοτοττουλο) 60

Family Pork Roast (Χοιρινο στη Γαστρα) 62

Steamed Mussels (Μυδια Αχνιστα) 64

Mama Vivi's Haddock with Leeks (Μττακαλιαρος με Πρασο της Μαμας Βιβης) 66

Trout Fillet with Spinach (Γοφαρι με Σττανακι) 68

Sea Bream with Vegetables and Potatoes (Φαγκρι με Λαχανικα και Πατατες) 70

Moussaka (Μουσακας) 72

Pasta Pie (Παστιτσιο) 76

Chicken Breast with Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables (Μττριαμ με Κοτοττουλο 78

Halloumi Pita with Salad and Black Forest Ham (Χαλουμοττιτα) 80

Okras Giahni (Μτταμιες) 82

Beef Stifado (Μοσχαρι Στιφαδο) 84

Mum's Stuffed Vegetables (Γεμιστα) 86

Wine and Tomato Chicken with Linguine (Κοκορας Κρασατος) 88

Linguine with Homemade Pesto (Λινγκουíνι με Σττιτικο Πεοτο 90

Dips 93

Tzatziki (Τζατζικι) 94

Eggplant Dip (Μελιτζανοσαλατα) 96

Yellow Split Pea Dip (Φαβα) 98

Hummus (Χουμους) 100

Feta Cheese and Sweet Red Pepper Dip (Ντιττ με Φετα και Κοκκινη Πιττερια) 102

Sweet Red Pepper Salsa Dip (Σαλσα Κοκκινης Πιττεριας) 104

Harissa Dip (Ντιττ με Χαρισα) 106

Sesame Paste (Ταχινι) 108

Granddad Georgios's Garlic Potatoes (Σκορδαλια) 110

Breads 113

Greek Pita Bread (Πιτα) 114

Halloumi Pie (Χαλλουμωτη) 116

Lagana Bread (Λαγανα) 118

Black Olive Bread (Ελιοψωμο) 120

Seeded Bread with Sultanas and Raisins (Πολυσττορο Ψωμι με Μαυρες Σταφιδες και Σουλτανíνες) 122

Sweets 125

Cream-filled Filo Pastry Pie (Μττουγατσα) 126

Hard Christmas Cookies (Κουραμττιεδες) 128

Fried Filo Pastry Bites in Syrup (Κουρκουμττινια) 130

Greek Doughnuts (Λουκουμαδες) 132

Twice-Baked Greek Style Biscotti (Διττλοφουρνιστα Παξιμαδια) 134

Ravani (Ραβανι) 136

Greek Soft Christmas Honey Cookies (Μελομακαρονα) 138

Auntie Sofia's Sweet Pumpkin Pie (Κολοκυθενια) 140

Greek Churros (Τουλουμττακια) 142

Index 145

Conversion Charts 155

Acknowledgments 157

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