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July 22, 2017

Turkish cooking is ultimately about hospitality and sharing, and the recipes in “Tree Of Life: Turkish Home Cooking” will transport you!

October 29, 2016

A fantastic cookbook that captures the vibrant sights, sounds and flavors of Istanbul and one of my top cookbooks of 2016!

October 23, 2016

I've been enamored with Turkish cuisine for as long as I can remember; I love the profusion of little plates full of olives, yogurt-based dips and spreads, oil-stewed veggies and whole grain and bean salads, not to mention the delicious pide, simit, and stuffed flatbreads. Several years ago,...

August 19, 2016

“Cooking with Loula” is the beautiful cookbook-slash-memoir of Alexandra Stratou, Athens native and classically trained chef, that centers on the recipes of Kyria (Mrs.) Loula, her grandmother’s cook. Kyria Loula had worked for several generations of the Stratou family, creating dishes that...

February 1, 2015

The Middle East, which includes several countries that border the Mediterranean, has a long tradition of eating vegetarian. Common Middle Eastern dishes include vibrant fresh salads, dips and breads, as well as a diversity of stuffed vegetable dishes, pilafs, and hearty entrees. Similar to M...

June 15, 2014

Mediterranean food has long appealed to me for several reasons; as a light eater, I prefer the mezze / tapas tradition of grazing from several small dishes versus a large sit-down meal, the emphasis on fresh seasonal produce with simple, uncomplicated flavors to allow the fruits and veggies...

January 12, 2013

I own both of Michele's The Italian Slow Cooker and The French Slow Cooker books, and they are in frequent rotation in my Hamilton Beach Premiere Cookware 5-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker for their winning combination of authentic flavors and relatively easy prep.

I preordered he...

March 13, 2008

For those not in the know, my title is from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” in which John Corbett plays Ian Miller, a vegetarian high school teacher. His fiancee Toula’s Greek family doesn’t understand the meat-free concept. Thankfully, Diane Kochilas, author of several definitive cookbooks on G...

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