The Foods of the Greek Islands by Aglaia Kremezi
Cooking and Culture at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

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Stretching from the shores of Turkey to the Ionian Sea east of Italy, the Greek islands have been the crossroads of the Mediterranean since the time of Homer. Over the centuries, Phoenicians, Athenians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottoman Turks, and Italians have ruled the islands, putting their distinctive stamp on the food.
Aglaia Kremezi, a frequent contributor to GOURMET and an international authority on Greek food, spent the past eight years collecting the fresh, uncomplicated recipes of the local women, as well as of fishermen, bakers, and farmers. Like all Mediterranean food, these dishes are light and healthful, simple but never plain, and make extensive use of seasonal produce, fresh herbs, and fish. Passed from generation to generation by word of mouth, most have never before been written down. All translate easily to the American home kitchen: Tomato Patties from Santorini; Spaghetti with Lobster from Kithira; Braised Lamb with Artichokes from Chios; Greens and Potato Stew from Crete; Spinach, Leek, and Fennel Pie from Skopelos; Rolled Baklava from Kos.
Illustrated throughout with color photographs of the islanders preparing their specialties and filled with stories of island history and customs, THE FOODS OF THE GREEK ISLANDS is for all cooks and travelers who want to experience this diverse and deeply rooted cuisine firsthand.

About Aglaia Kremezi

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A journalist, photographer, & food columnist for a leading Athens newspaper, Aglaia Kremezi is a contributing writer for the "Los Angeles Times" & "Gourmet." She won a Julia Child Award for her first book, "The Foods of Greece." An internationally known expert on Greek & Mediterranean cuisine, she has appeared on "Good Morning America," "CBS This Morning," & many other national & local programs. She helped develop the menu for New York City's famous Greek restaurant Molyves, which was given a three-star ("excellent") rating by the "New York Times." Born & raised in Athens, she has a house on the Greek island of Astipalaia.
Published November 14, 2000 by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 312 pages
Genres: Travel, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Aglaia Kremezi won a Julia Child Award for her last book, 1993's The Foods of Greece.

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