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Debbie Matenopoulos, the first member of her family born in America, grew up in a traditional Greek household, eating delicious, authentic Greek cooking that her family had passed down for generations.By the time Debbie had started her television career in New York on The View, she began eating a standard American diet. But despite carefully limiting how much she ate, sheDebbie Matenopoulos, the first member of her family born in America, grew up in a traditional Greek household, eating delicious, authentic Greek cooking that her family had passed down for generations.By the time Debbie had started her television career in New York on The View, she began eating a standard American diet. But despite carefully limiting how much she ate, she found herself gaining weight and lacking energy. As Debbie’s career as an entertainment news reporter and television host on BS, MTV, E!, and other networks had her constantly on the go, she was grabbing whatever food was readily available. It was only when she returned to her traditional Greek diet that she found herself easily—and healthily—realizing her natural weight and regaining her natural energy, stamina, and physique.Now, in It's All Greek to Me, Debbie shares 120 of her family's traditional Greek recipes and adds her own touch to make them even healthier and easier to prepare.After tasting Debbie’s dishes, such as her mouthwatering version of Spanakopita (Spinach Feta Pie), Kalamaria Kaftera (Spicy Calamari), her family’s secret recipe for Baklava, and, of course, Arni kai Patates (Classic Roasted Leg of Lamb with Potatoes)—you’ll be amazed these delicious foods are good for you. With a foreword by Dr. Michael Ozner, one of the nation’s leading cardiologists, the recipes in It’s All Greek to Me adhere to the healthiest diet on the planet: the traditional Mediterranean Diet. Modern science is catching up to what Greeks have known for millennia: health comes from eating natural, whole-food ingredients that haven’t been processed or pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, or preservatives.Let It’s All Greek to Me bring your friends and family together to share in the experience of a Greek meal and way of life. Opa!A portion of all proceeds will benefit the ALS Association....

Title : It's All Greek to Me: Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family's Century-Old Recipes
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It's All Greek to Me: Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family's Century-Old Recipes Reviews

  • Janet
    2019-02-13 16:17

    I ***WANTED***a digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review as it showed up on my suggested reading list despite already owning it ... truth be told, I bought it when it was first published in 2014 and I just ordered a copy of it for our community kitchen library as mine is getting worn out from lending our clients.I was denied access to actually reviewing it, but did so anyway.:-) Debbie Matenopoulos, the first member of her family born in America, grew up in a traditional Greek household, eating delicious, authentic Greek cooking that her family had passed down for generations. By the time Debbie had started her television career in New York on The View, she began eating a standard American diet. But despite carefully limiting how much she ate, she found herself gaining weight and lacking energy. As Debbie’s career as an entertainment news reporter and television host on BS, MTV, E!, and other networks had her constantly on the go, she was grabbing whatever food was readily available. It was only when she returned to her traditional Greek diet that she found herself easily—and healthily—realizing her natural weight and regaining her natural energy, stamina, and physique.Now, in It's All Greek to Me, Debbie shares 120 of her family's traditional Greek recipes and adds her own touch to make them even healthier and easier to prepare—plus, this new edition features 15 brand new recipes! After tasting Debbie’s dishes, such as her mouthwatering version of Spanakopita (Spinach Feta Pie), Kalamaria Kaftera (Spicy Calamari), her family’s secret recipe for Baklava, and, of course, Arni kai Patates (Classic Roasted Leg of Lamb with Potatoes)—you’ll be amazed these delicious foods are good for you. With a foreword by Dr. Michael Ozner, one of the nation’s leading cardiologists, the recipes in It’s All Greek to Me adhere to the healthiest diet on the planet: the traditional Mediterranean Diet. Modern science is catching up to what Greeks have known for millennia: health comes from eating natural, whole-food ingredients that haven’t been processed or pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, or preservatives. Let It’s All Greek to Me bring your friends and family together to share in the experience of a Greek meal and way of life. Opa!A portion of all proceeds will benefit the ALS Association.I loved this cookbook and have used it over and over again since it was first published in 2014 as I love Greek food…I live for feta cheese as I am extremely sensitive to cow’s milk! The photographs in the book will make you salivate and send you to the grocery store for the ingredients and get you cooking in no time flat. This book proves that healthy food can be delicious and that you do not have to sacrifice taste for food’s goodness. BUY IT!! 

  • Jillyn
    2019-02-06 14:59

    Four and a half stars.---I will be the first one to admit to you that I LOVE Greek food. I order it all the time, and I love when I get the chance to go out to eat in Greektown in Chicago. All that said, I've never made it for myself. So when I saw this book, I seized the chance to read it so that I can have it at home anytime. I definitely was not disappointed.The first thing that stands out about this book is the photography. The pictures are not only gorgeous, but plentiful. Almost every recipe has a photograph to match, a detail that is extremely important to me. Not all of the pictures are of food- there are stunning pictures of Greece, Greek life, and its people. It made me want to book an airline ticket today.And then of course, there are the recipes. The book is divided by course, making it easy to navigate. Each recipe has the Greek name for the dish, the phonetics so you can pronounce it, and the English translation. I thought this was a cool little touch, so that I can slip in some Greek when I can while also still knowing what I'm saying. Debbie also offers helpful little bonus tips when needed, something else that I thought was a nice addition. The recipes themselves are easy to follow, and I was happy to see that there's a whole section dedicated to vegetarian dishes too.Almost all of the recipes that Debbie's put into this cookbook are ones that I'd love to try. However, the ones that I'm most eager to try for myself are: Taramosalata (Fish Roe Dip), Octopothi sta Karvouna (Grilled Octopus), Kotosoupa Avgolemono (Greek Chicken Soup), and Aunt Aphrodite's Sour Cherry Summer Dessert. This is a great book for anyone looking to switch to a healthier cuisine, or who has a love/interest in Greek cooking. Vegetarians, there's dishes in here for you too. This is a book I know I'll keep using in the future. Thanks to Netgalley and BenBella Books for my copy in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.

  • Sandra Lassiter
    2019-02-16 18:05

    When I was contacted about possibly reviewing this cookbook and participating in the blog tour, I jumped at the chance. I have absolutely loved every Greek dish I've ever tried, so I knew I really wanted a part of this! As soon as the book arrived, I took a break from everything and spent the next hour curled up on the couch reading and browsing through the book. My list of things I want to make finally just got tossed as it was half the book! I homeschool my girls and we are currently studying ancient history. One of their assignments was to make lentil stew, a dish very common to that time. They were very excited to find a recipe in "It's All Greek to Me", and set out to make it. Now, they are not exactly fans of lentils. I make them semi-regularly as they are a cheap, healthy dish, but it's definitely not one of their favorites. However, they all actually enjoyed this version which includes carrots, celery and more. Many of my favorites are in this book from Spanokopita to Tomato, Cumumber and Red Onion Salad, Greek Meatball Soup and of course, there's always Baklava!! Oh, my! Definitely my favorite Greek dessert, I am very pleased to be able to share Debbie's recipe with you!!Baklava (bah-klah-VAH)Here is my family’s secret recipe for the best Baklava ever. Rolling it this way, as opposed to baking it in a flat pan, ensures a light flakiness and just the right amount of the honey syrup running throughout. Around the holiday season, when I was growing up, my mom would make big batches of this so that my sister, my brother, and I could give platters of it to our teachers. Needless to say, every new school year, teachers were very excited to see one of the Matenopoulos kids on their class rosters!YIELDS APPROXIMATELY 39 PIECESFOR THE BAKLAVA11/4 pounds walnuts (about 5 cups), finely chopped2 tablespoons granulated sugar2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1 (1-pound) package phyllo dough sheets(13 × 18 inches), thawed (see tip, page 112)(18 sheets)1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, meltedFOR THE SYRUP2 cups sugar2 cups water1 cup honey1 (2-inch-wide) piece fresh lemon peel2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice(1 lemon)Preheat oven to 325 degrees.In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon, and set aside.Working quickly, and keeping the unused phyllo sheets covered, lay out 1 sheet of phyllo on a clean flat surface. Lightly brush the phyllo sheet with the melted butter. Cover with a second phyllo sheet and butter. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of the nut mixture over the top sheet. Repeat this process with 2 more sheets of phyllo and another 1/2 cup of the nut mixture, then again with last 2 phyllo sheets and a final ½ cup of the nut mixture. You will have used 6 sheets of phyllo and 11/2 cups of the nut mixture (3 layers). Starting at the long end (the 18-inch side), gently roll the layered phyllo sheets up into a tight, fat roll. Brush the seam with butter to seal. Repeat the entire process twice more. One package will make 3 rolls. Using a large, very sharp knife, cut the rolls into 1-inch pieces. Lay the pieces cut side down on 2 large ungreased rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, and, using a large spatula or tongs, quickly flip the baklava over. Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes more or until cooked through, golden and flaky.While the baklava is baking, make the syrup. Combine all of the syrup ingredients except the lemon juice in a medium, nonreactive saucepan. Set it over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 12 minutes, stir in the lemon juice, and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and carefully remove and discard the lemon peel. Let the syrup cool slightly.Remove the baklava from the oven and slowly pour the warm syrup over pieces on the baking sheets. Let stand 1 hour to soak up the syrup. Transfer to individual cupcake wrappers, if desired, and serve. The baklava will keep, covered loosely, at room temperature for up to 1 week.Debbie’s Tip: To make a vegan baklava, substitute a vegan butter (like Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks) for the dairy butter, use maple sugar or organic (vegan) sugar, and omit the honey, if desired. I was also able to get a Q&A from Debbie Matenopoulos to share with you all!“Fall for Greek with Debbie Matenopoulos” Blog Tour Q&AWhat was your favorite part about putting this book together? Most challenging?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. The most challenging part of writing this cookbook was translating the measurements from the metric system. That was no easy task. As opposed to just going by a chart, I chose to personally re-measure everything just to be certain. I have to admit that this was the one time in my life I wished they had taught us more of the metric system in school. ;) What 5 items are a must in a well-stocked Greek pantry?A Greek pantry is NOT a Greek pantry without some very key ingredients. I know you've asked for 5, but there are actually 7 that every Greek kitchen should be stocked with. They are Greek extra virgin olive oil, dried Greek oregano, fresh lemons, fresh flat leaf parsley, fresh tomatoes, and onions. Combined, those ingredients and you have the base of a lot of Greek dishes. The Mediterranean Diet is high in healthy fats. How do you incorporate heart-healthy oils into your recipes?It has been proven time and time again that extra virgin olive oil is the most heart healthy of all oils. It is all I have ever used and it is all that my family ever used growing up. Although the smoke point is much lower than it is on other oils, in my opinion, it is still the best way to go when cooking or flavoring any dish. I wouldn't consider cooking with anything else. Extra virgin olive oil has been proven to lower cholesterol and fight heart disease. As a matter of fact, one of the leading cardiologists in the country, Dr. Michael Ozner, wrote the forward to my book and in it, he discusses this very issue. That's why he too believes that the Mediterranean way of eating that I describe in my book is the most healthy way of eating on the planet. What is your earliest memory of cooking/preparing Greek food?My earliest memories of cooking are from when I was about 4 years old and are of me being in the kitchen with my mom. I was helping her stir the bechamel for the pastichio or moussaka over the stovetop to make sure it didn’t get too thick. She would pull up a stool for me to stand on and make sure to let me know that my job was very important. She would tell me that getting the pastichio or moussaka exactly right all depended on me making sure I didn't let the bechamel thicken too much. That responsibility made me feel so important and made me so proud when we all sat down to dinner. It truly made me feel like I was an integral part in making this delicious meal. I think that's when I fell in love with cooking. 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!! ;) This book is gorgeous and filled with such lovely recipes that I can highly recommend it to anyone. Enjoy!I received a copy of this book from BenBella Books for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2019-01-26 16:50

    It's All Greek to Me: Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family's Century-Old Recipes, Debbie Matenopoulos ,Peter Capozzi Review from jeannie zelos book reviewsI love cook books, and although I'm addicted to my kindle for fiction books like this simply have to be enjoyed in their traditional print format IMO. That way the reader can dip into sections, browse through looking for inspiration and just enjoy the fantastic pictures this book contains. You can’t do that so well on a kindle, even if its a Fire or tablet, I feel. It isn’t just a book of recipes, but more a sample of a way of life, with fabulous photos of Greece, and lots of information on the Greek way of life, especially the Mediterranean way of eating that's become so revered among dieticians recently. Debbie has adjusted many of the recipes to make them lighter and less calorific. That's a great help to those of us that try to watch our weight but love to enjoy tasty and interesting meals.  I’ve found lots of recipes I want to try here, some for when the family are round and we have a huge clan of three generations around the table. That's a great way to enjoy food, talk and good company, and of course a good introduction to foreign cuisine that isn’t juts fried rice, noodles or curries!. Most people now are time short when it comes to meals, and turn to ready meals and quick snacks as a main way of eating, but it tells on our health with them being too often full of fats, sugar, salt and preservatives. This book contains lots of recipes that are both healthy, tasty and easy to make. The section on the typical Greek Pantry ingredients means that most recipes can be easily made with ingredients to hand. Nothing is more off-putting to me that to find something I'd love to make, and then discover I'm missing half the essential flavourings and herbs...I improvise of course, but some things need essential flavourings that can’t be swapped. I’m not a planner,  but tend to  buy meat or fish and then look to my books for inspiration on what to cook. This way I’ll have in my cupboard the things I'll need. Although many recipes are meat or fish based, vegetarians are not forgotten with many recipes suitable for them. My daughter has been vegetarian for almost 25 years now – she was 9 when she decided no animals or fish would be part of her diet, so I always look for those dishes in a book, and was pleased at how many were here. She’s looked at them too and wants to try some out on her family – they eat meat but also enjoy vegetarian dishes. Stars: Five, a great book, a lovely sample of the Greek way of life that can be enjoyed anywhere. ARC supplied via Netgalley and Publishers.

  • Lady
    2019-02-11 18:56

    I love to cook so I found this book very interesting. I've always wanted to try a little Greek cooking and now I can. I have a few recipes to try. The ARC book only has a few recipes in it. I will be trying the Greek Village Salad (Horiattci Salata) today. I can't wait to try some more recipes in this book.I recommend this book to others. I can't wait to get the whole book and see what other recipes are in there.So I tried the Greek Village Salad and I loved it. Can't wait to try some recipes.

  • Angie
    2019-02-11 14:53

    It seems like every where you turn these days they are talking about the Mediterranean Diet so I thought I would check it out. I really appreciate all the details Matenopuolos put into this book. There are wonderful stories from her childhood when she learned to cook Greek food from her mother. There are lovely photographs of Greece and its food. The recipes she included are sorted into different categories and don't seem that difficult. I really enjoy eating Greek food, but have never actually cooked it. I might have to try some Greek recipes.

  • Teresa
    2019-02-14 11:02

    I've worked and lived in Greece but have long been frustrated by how few cookbooks feature authentic recipes in English. There're of course the traditional Greek-American cookbooks but most are out of print or produce heavier food than I've enjoyed in Greece itself. This book is a gem in this respect. The recipes are authentically like I've eaten in both the North and South and even better, there is a photo of each dish. So if you're like me and you have found yourself eating food whose name you could not catch, you have a chance of finding it through the pictures.

  • Teri Ahlm
    2019-02-15 13:12

    I would give this book 5 stars for the lentil soup recipe alone, but it has so many awesome recipes that I wish I could give it more stars! My favorite things to eat at an awesome Minneapolis Greek restaurant (ironically called It's Greek to Me!) are lentil soup with warm pita bread, those Greek potatoes (recipe is in this book too!) and any of the seafood dishes. This book includes all of my favorites and so many more recipes that I can't wait to try!

  • Belva
    2019-01-23 18:06

    This is a nicely written cookbook with beautiful pictures and delicious looking recipes. I'm not convinced that these recipes may improve your health as the title implies. But, in all fairness, I have not tried any of the recipes yet. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to prepare their own fresh meals or those who enjoy Mediterranean flavors. I was provided a galley of this book for review by Netgalley.

  • Dana
    2019-02-11 12:57

    This is a lovely cookbook. It has fabulous photos of the food and of people and places in Greece. There are cooking tips and ingredients explanations and little stories about Greece and it's cuisine interspersed among the recipes. Many of the recipes seem labor intensive and/or have rather exotic ingredients, but others seem quite simple. The recipes are well-written and easy to follow. If you want to cook authentic Greek dishes, this is the cookbook for you! I highly recommend it.

  • Emily Crow
    2019-02-10 12:03

    Well, it is now time to return this one to the library. The recipes look nice and there are several I would like to make, but since I'm kind of a cookbook collector and I already have some really nice Greek cookbooks on my shelf, I'm not tempted to try to keep my hands on It's All Greek to Me any longer.

  • Steph
    2019-01-23 16:07

    To be completely honest, I won't make more than half of the recipes included in this cookbook purely because I'm a lazy cook. Despite this, I really enjoyed reading this cookbook. I loved hearing about the culture and her family and she gives lots of great tips. Also, these are great recipes for healthier eating that sound so delicious.

  • Frannie
    2019-01-29 18:11

    'It's All Greek To Me' easily belongs in every library, especially the home cook's. Debbie Matenopoulos shares tips and back stories coupled with gorgeously shot photos of her staple dishes. Grab the family and get your "Greek" on!

  • Liz
    2019-01-29 18:20

    Recipes of my childhood! Love this book!!

  • Jamie Holloway
    2019-02-17 18:12

    Read my review on my blog.