Orexi!: Feasting at the Modern Greek Table Review
|Title:||Orexi!: Feasting at the Modern Greek Table|
|Author:||Theo A Michaels|
|Published:||April 9, 2019, Ryland Peters & Small|
|No. of Pages:||176|
|Cover Price:||$19.95 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle|
Many people have tasted Greek food at Greek festivals, usually held at Greek churches once a year, but unless they are of Greek origin, many people don’t know how to cook it and are unaware of the fabulous not-so-well-known dishes . “Greek” is a lifestyle, and food is an integral part of that lifestyle. So, for those of us who aren’t Greek, Orexi!: Feasting at the Modern Greek Table is the perfect way to learn how to prepare and taste wonderful Greek food at home. The author Theo A Michaels not only presents mouthwatering recipes, but also stories and vignettes that are fun to read and give readers and cooks a sense of the cultural aspect of being Greek.
While the book features some of the famous dishes like souvlaki and baklava, it includes recipes for all kinds of appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts – ones that almost everyone would like to eat, but have not yet heard of them. There are beautiful photographs, that make it hard to decide which recipe to make.
The Pork Souvlaki is delicious, but the Spicy Chicken Souvlaki is amazing – both are easy to grill, and both have minimal ingredients. Charred Chilli & Feta Dip is delicious, and is a great change from what you get at most gatherings. The book has several recipes using phyllo, and gives good instructions on how to use it in appetizers, mains, and desserts. While there are some recipes in the book that are time consuming and have a lot of ingredients, they recipes turn out picture perfect, and are worth cooking. For those who are unfamiliar with cooking lamb, this excellent cookbook features several good recipes – one in the queue is Cypriot Lamb Shanks in Sticky Sauce – lamb at its best.
Anyone who wants to know more about Greek cooking, and wants to be entertained with good prose will want to pick up this excellent cookbook. There are several recipes suitable for grilling at a gathering, and guests will love them. Highly recommended for an addition to a good cookbook collection.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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