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Books on Greek Food and Culture That We Love

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20 May 2020

When traveling to Greece seems impossible but your heart yearns for sun, sea and Greek food, then a good book may help! Aromas and tastes are what bring us back the best memories and a smile on our faces. As we Greeks like to say, love goes through the stomach first! So we have gathered our most beloved books on Greek food and culture to help you travel to Greece through taste!

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The famous Horiatiki (Greek Salad), Santorini tomatoes and Greek olive oils, with a view of the endless blue

We have included a link that leads to Goodreads’ website for each book. We have no affiliation with Goodreads. Instead, we thought it is the best place for you to easily find more info, reviews and buying options for the books we suggest.

1. Greek Comfort Food, by Akis Petretzikis

Akis Petretzikis is really dominating the cooking scene in Greece at the moment. The first MasterChef of Greece, Akis is well-known for combining simple, everyday ingredients with delicious results! His voice is heard every day in most Greek kitchens, with his recipes being very easy to follow and rich in flavor. This particular book of his talks about all the magic that is hidden in mom’s food. With 260 recipes of traditional Greek dishes, you will have an answer to your question “what should I cook today” for a whole year!

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Cover of the “Greek Comfort Food” cookbook

2. Greek Cooking for the Gods, by Eva Zane

Eva Zane's Greek Cooking for the Gods is a recognized culinary classic. Widely recognized for its authenticity, it contains more than 200 recipes accompanied by wonderful gastronomic tradition from the author's ancestral homeland. Traditional Greek cuisine is truly mythological in origin and is very much associated with the land and the surrounding sea. It contains not only authentic recipes but even their variations. Cook like a God for the Greek God you hide within!

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Cover of the “Greek Cooking for the Gods” cookbook 

3. MAZI: Moden Greek Food, by Christina Mouratoglou and Adrien Carré

If you want to take traditional Greek dishes to the next level, then this is your cookbook! Mazi gives a modern twist to Greek cuisine. With a strong emphasis on small, tapas-like, dishes, Christina Mouratoglou and Adrien Carré bring simple techniques to the table and achieve delicious results!

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Cover of the “Mazi” cookbook

4. Orexi!: Feasting at the modern Greek table, by Theo Michaels

Traditional and modern recipes inspired by the flavors of Greece and Cyprus! “Orexi” stands for “appetite” and this book by Theo Michaels will definitely whet your appetite for delicious Greek food! The book is organized in chapters according to the natural environment or occasion each recipe fits in. If you are dreaming of a table next to the waves, then head to the recipes under the chapter named “Sea”. If you are in for the notorious Greek Meze, then head to the homonymous chapter!

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Cover of the “Orexi” cookbook

5. Greece: The Cookbook, by Vefa Alexiadou

The author of this cookbook, Vefa Alexiadou, is like a mother figure for most of the Greeks. She is probably the most famous Greek cook and has been teaching us how to enjoy traditional Greek dishes for decades now! This book is like a bible for Greek food and all that it represents: simple to prepare, healthy, delicious and derived directly from the strong cultural history of the Greek land and sea. It includes dishes of the authentic Mediterranean cuisine, where olive oil, bread, wine, figs, grapes and cheese have been key ingredients since antiquity. The book also offers information on local specialties and local ingredients, as well as the religious and historical significance of the dishes. In other words, Greek food and culture in one book!

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Cover of the “Greece: The Cookbook”

6. A Taste of Greece, by Andreas Lagos

Andreas Lagos brings the Greek cuisine to your table with 90 unique island recipes! The focus of his book is his childhood memories, a treasure trove of delicious flavors and recipes from his hometown, the island of Samos in the Aegean Sea. This is ideal if you wish to explore simple, healthy and balanced Greek recipes.

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Cover of the “A Taste of Greece” cookbook

7. Flavors of Greece, by Rosemary Barron

Another classic from a cook with a rich history in the gastronomic scene of Greece. First published in 1991, this book includes authentic Greek recipes that you will find in most homes in Greece. Greek gastronomy is all about fresh ingredients, olive oil, dried beans, seafood, spices and herbs, and the recipes by Rosemary emphasize that. The book also includes food guides for Greece and the Greek islands!

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If you liked our article about the books on Greek food and culture we love, chances are you are a foodie! If you are planning your next Greek getaway, make sure to read our list of traditional Greek foods and drinks to try in Greece. Check also our insider tips on things to know before traveling to Athens. To make the best out of your time and experience, we recommend joining our Athens food tour, guided by a local expert! If you need any advice on Greek food or traveling to Greece, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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