Honey, Olives, Octopus

Honey, Olives, Octopus

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Combining the best of memoir, travel literature, and food writing, Christopher Bakken delves into one of the most underappreciated cuisines in Europe in this rollicking celebration of the Greek table. He explores the traditions and history behind eight elements of Greek cuisinea€”olives, bread, fish, cheese, beans, wine, meat, and honeya€”and journeys through the country searching for the best examples of each. He picks olives on Thasos, bakes bread on Crete, eats thyme honey from Kythira with one of Greecea€™s greatest poets, and learns why Naxos is the best place for cheese in the Cyclades. Working with local cooks and artisans, he offers an intimate look at traditional village life, while honoring the conversations, friendships, and leisurely ceremonies of dining around which Hellenic culture has revolved for thousands of years. A hymn to slow food and to seasonal and sustainable cuisine, Honey, Olives, Octopus is a lyrical celebration of Greece, where such concepts have always been a simple part of living and eating well.This is food writing that goes beyond the simple pleasure of eating--aquot;Honey, Olives, Octopusaquot; illuminates something about what it means to be alive.

Title:Honey, Olives, Octopus
Author:Christopher Bakken, Mollie Katzen
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2013


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