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Friday, September 6, 2019

Recipe Weekend: My Big Fat Greek Cookbook by Christos Sourligas and Evdokia Antginas

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book from Skyhorse Publishing via EdelweissPlus, free of charge, for blog review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own



65 Deliciously Authentic Recipes Straight from Mama’s Kitchen



My Big Fat Greek Cookbook cover

Synopsis:

My Big Fat Greek Cookbook is a comprehensive, contemporary overview of Greek food, recipes, and family culture as documented by the son of a Greek immigrant as his mother neared the end of her life. “This Greek eating tragedy has a beginning (appetizer), a middle (main course), and an end (dessert),” Christos shared. “As my Mama is in her final act, it’s fitting that a quarter of her recipes are desserts. Bon app├ętit! Kali Orexi! (Insert the sound of breaking plates here . . .)”

This is more than just a list of ingredients or series of steps, of course. It’s filled with simple recipes, gorgeous photographs, traditional meals, memories, and tidbits of information that draw family and friends to Greek tables time and again.

It has everything from iconic egg-lemon sauce to rich soups, sweet pies, and traditional delicacies like rabbit stew and octopus with pasta, accompanied by tales of Greek history and insight into cultural nuances. Recipes include:

- Meatballs (keftedes)
- Lentils (fatkes)
-Stuffed vegetables (gemistra)
- Spinach pie (spanakopita)
- Tzatziki
- Spaghetti with cheese (makaronia me tyri)
Roast lamb (arni sto fourno)
Moussaka
- Apple cake (milopita)
- Ride pudding (rizogalo)
And more!

With stunning photographs throughout and 65 deliciously authentic recipes, this book is a peek into a Greek family that has achieved what so many of us yearn for: a fuller, more meaningful, and joyful life, lived simply and nourished on real, delicious Greek meals that you can access anywhere with this cookbook on hand.



Review:

We've been attending the NOLA Greek Festival for YEARS, and the FOOD is always the highlight! Literally ALL of the recipes in this book remind me of the ones we've enjoyed at the festival- and they should, as the overseers are using very similar, possibly even the same recipes! What I never really stopped to consider was that the food is COMFORT food- more of the mountain areas versus what we think of 'Med diet', and really not that different from cultures we descend from (especially cornbread and apple cakes!). More than just a recipe book, this book is filled with fun memories and hints for Greek cooking that you may never have been told! I now feel like I can cook any of them! I can't wait for Fall to make some of the hearty dishes (I had NO idea a combination of egg and lemon could make such amazing soups!)!  Pick this book up for great Fall cooking for yourself too!



My Big Fat Greek Cookbook spinach pie




Recipe:



One of my favs from the book-it's easier to make than you think!
Perfect for side dish for all those vegetarians in the family, this holiday season too!


My Big Fat Greek Cookbook spinach pie recipe



About the Authors:


Christos Sourligas is a multiple award-winning film and television writer, director and producer. A storyteller at heart, Christos takes pleasure in entertaining with food, drink and talk. He travels extensively for work and pleasure, often returning with hilarious stories, and of course, several recipes to share. He can also be seen whooping it up on social media. Christos currently resides in Montreal, Canada.


Evdokia Antginas is the proud mom of Christos Sourligas. Evdokia was born in the mountainous region of Arcadia, Greece known for its unspoiled wilderness and idyllic way of life. Having survived through World War II and the devastating Greek Civil War, she always kept her head high while toiling away on factory farms. Having immigrated to Canada in the mid-1960’s, she’s been married for more than fifty years, has four incredible children and four equally-awesome grandchildren. Evdokia feels best at home cooking up Greek and international delights for family and friends alike. 

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