Sharing Recipes from the Villages of Greece
Back to My Roots by chef Krystina Kalapothakos, of Kouzounas Kitchen, takes us back to the days of robust village life as we explore traditional Greek recipes with Krystina’s twist.
Inspired by her grandparents’ village in Mani, Greece and with the help of popular Greek food bloggers, this book is full of delicious Greek food recipes—such as Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie), Karidopita (Greek Walnut Cake), and Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)—plus Greek beverages, spices, and teas.
Back to My Roots is not only packed full with mouth-watering recipes, but Krystina also shares her personal story, kitchen tips and tricks, bits and pieces of the history of olive oil and its benefits, and much much more! Take the journey with chef Krystina as she goes back to her roots and shares the tradition, the love, and most of all, the authentic food of her Greek heritage.
“Yiayia Stavroula not only had a love for cooking, but she had a smile on her face every time she was in her kitchen making something delicious. When you truly love something and have a real passion for it, whatever it may be, this passion shines through. ... Yiayia Stavroula was born in the 1920s, and she survived World War II by hiding out in the village of Kotronas... Although my yiayia never had a lot of food for her own family, she always made sure that friends and neighbors who walked through her door had food on their plate. She had a magical way of making a beautiful, tasting meal with only a few simple ingredients.”
Amazon Customer on Amazon wrote:
Back to My Roots is a wonderful cookbook by a passionate chef with a Greek soul. I enjoyed reading Krystina's stories about her yiayia (grandma) and her love for Greece. This cookbook has a nice collection of savory and sweet recipes. I highly recommend it.
Stephanie on Amazon wrote:
I recently purchased this Cookbook and it's amazing. As an inexperienced cook, I found the recipes easy to follow. I also love the tidbits of information about Greece, its history, and cuisine. I highly recommend this cookbook!! Thank you Kouzounas Kitchen!
C. Lampos on Amazon wrote:
Wonderful recipes and stories. I have many recipes marked to try but not enough time to try them all! Chef Krystina is an amazing chef and really puts her heart into her craft.
My father in law made many of the recipes in this book. When I begged for directions, he just said a pinch of this, and a pinch of that. The recipes in this book are exactly what he made, but now I have the right proportions. Enjoyed reading about Greece, the value of olive oil and other tidbits of historical nature. A very heart warming book with delicious food. I'm Irish, but delighted to cook from this book.
Note: Two of my own recipes, originally posted here on KBtP, are also featured in the book.