Guest Author - Clare Stubbs
With Greek cuisine being so popular around the world, it is easy to understand why there are so many cookbooks dedicated to this subject. With numerous publications available to purchase, making sure you get the right book can be a challenge.
Everyday Greek is published by Parragon Books and with 240 pages, it has 112 different recipes to try. These range from dips to tasty mains and mouth watering desserts, with the aim for the dishes to be as authentic as possible.
Upon receiving the book, there was a surprise in store it was only pocket sized. Dont let that put you off because there are some wonderful recipes to try and it is ideal for someone unfamiliar with Greek cuisine, as well as anyone already accustomed with the standard of cooking.
The introduction explains a bit more about Greek food (something that has barely changed in 2,500 3000 years) as well as the importance of good food within Greek society and using the right ingredients.
After this, there are a number of categories which are divided as follows:
1. Mezzes & Soups
2. Meat & Poultry
3. Fish & Seafood
4. Made with Vegetables
5. Something Sweet
After going through the book in more detail, these are the points to be aware of:
The recipes are very simple to follow with the method instructions summarized with short paragraphs. This is ideal for both adults and children to work with.
Lack of nutritional information. Not all cookbooks contain details such as the number of calories and amount of fat or salt but this could be a useful addition to the recipes.
This book includes the use of metric and imperial measurements within the recipes.
Each dish has a quality picture to accompany it and this will help you establish how the finished product should look.
All recipe titles are to the point but (where applicable) some of the dishes dont mention what they are traditionally known as in Greece. For example, with the cucumber and yoghurt dip some people may not know this is called tzatziki. This is not necessarily a major issue as anyone could soon find out such information via search engines.
Everyday Greek is definitely good value for money and when weighing up the pros and cons of this book, it is recommended. The use of both metric and imperial measurements are definitely a major asset and the book is therefore ready to use any time.
Author note: This is from my personal collection and I was not compensated for the review.