The Olive and the Caper: Adventures in Greek Cooking

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Workman Pub., 2004 - Cooking - 589 pages
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This is the year "It's Greek to me" becomes the happy answer to what's for dinner. My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the upcoming epic Troy, the 2004 Summer Olympics returning to Athens--and now, yet another reason to embrace all things Greek: The Olive and the Caper, Susanna Hoffman's 700-plus-page serendipity of recipes and adventure.

In Corfu, Ms. Hoffman and a taverna owner cook shrimp fresh from the trap--and for us she offers the boldly-flavored Shrimp with Fennel, Green Olives, Red Onion, and White Wine. She gathers wild greens and herbs with neighbors, inspiring Big Beans with Thyme and Parsley, and Field Greens and Ouzo Pie. She learns the secret to chewy country bread from the baker on Santorini and translates it for American kitchens. Including 325 recipes developed in collaboration with Victoria Wise (her co-author on The Well-Filled Tortilla Cookbook, with over 258,000 copies in print), The Olive and the Caper celebrates all things Greek: Chicken Neo-Avgolemeno. Fall-off-the-bone Lamb Shanks seasoned with garlic, thyme, cinnamon and coriander. Siren-like sweets, from world-renowned Baklava to uniquely Greek preserves: Rose Petal, Cherry and Grappa, Apricot and Metaxa.

In addition, it opens with a sixteen-page full-color section and has dozens of lively essays throughout the book--about the origins of Greek food, about village life, history, language, customs--making this a lively adventure in reading as well as cooking.

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User Review  - E.J - LibraryThing

Adventures in Greek cooking? Adventures indeed. This book describes the adventures Greeks from back in the day used to have and how and why they formed certain recipes and used them for certain things ... Read full review

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I have some hit and misses with the recipes. Tonight I made manestra and it went over very well. Some of my consistent repeats are the eggplant salad-country style, moussaka, spanakopita and the ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Susanna Hoffman was a co-owner, sous chef, and maître d' of Chez Panisse, where she met Victoria Wise. She is the author, most recently, of The Olive and the Caper, and lives in Telluride, Colorado.

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