This post is sponsored by Benbellabooks & It’s all Greek To Me
Hello everyone, I’m really excited to share with you a new Greek cookbook written by the talented, Debbie Matenopoulos.
Her team reached out to Jane and I with work of her new book, “It’s All Greek to Me: Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family’s Century-Old Recipes.” We knew of her from TV and knew she talked a lot about Greek cuisine and the Mediterranean diet, so we were eager to check out her first cookbook.
She is actually an inspiration for Jane and I, as we would love to one day write a cookbook ourselves. Her mission is similar to ours: spreading Greek cuisine to every corner of the world. Therefore, when asked to participate in her #FALLFORGREEK blog tour, we were honored to help out.
They sent us a copy of the book, and Jane and I immediately combed through it. It’s a lovely hardcover book, full of images of her, Greece, and of course food. Debbie acts as your personal guide through Greek food, highlighting the importance of a well balanced diet and how to eat like a Greek.
We were curious not only to her process of putting the book together, but also what she hoped us amature cooks and our readers would take away, so we reached out and asked her, and this was her response:
What was your favorite part about putting this book together?
My favorite part about putting this cookbook together was gathering all of the recipes from my family and translating them into English. There is so much history in these recipes. It was very nostalgic. My mother gave me my grandmother’s hand written recipe books that were written in Greek along with her own. There were pages that were coming out that were obviously worn by the years of being referenced time and time again. I felt as if I was holding our most valuable family heirlooms in my hands. I feel very honored that my entire family was willing to share their treasured recipes with me and allow me to share them with the world.
What message would you like to resonate with your readers/home cooks?
I would like the readers of this blog and the home cooks to not only enjoy the amazing flavors of the Mediterranean cuisine of my ancestors, but also the immeasurable health benefits. And, I’d like them to enjoy this food with their family and loved ones, because after all, food is more than just food to Greeks. To Greeks, food represents love and family. So here’s to you enjoying the deliciousness of this cookbook with your family!!
Recipe + Giveaway
Mrs. Matenopoulos was kind enough to allow us to publish a recipe from her new book. It’s something we’d never had before and is thus a new addition to our blog.
May we introduce you to her, “Paksimathia” or the Greek Biscotti. Yes it’s the Greek version of the Italian cookie. Yield: How many biscotti cookies are made.
Yield: How many biscotti cookies are made.
Now onto our favorite part –
Debbie Matenopoulos is giving away one (1) FREE copy of her new cookbook to our Lemon & Olives readers. We think you’ll enjoy this addition to your collection. All you have to do is enter email below., as that’s how you’ll be notified (you can easily unsubscribe after if you’d like). The winner will be chosen at random and must reside in the USA or Canada. There are multiple things you can do to gain MORE entries, so check it out!
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