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By Susanna Hoffman

This is the yr "It's Greek to me" turns into the chuffed resolution to what is for dinner. My mammoth fats Greek Wedding, the approaching epic Troy, the 2004 summer time Olympics returning to Athens--and now, one more cause to include all issues Greek: The Olive and the Caper, Susanna Hoffman's 700-plus-page serendipity of recipes and adventure.

In Corfu, Ms. Hoffman and a taverna proprietor cook dinner shrimp clean from the trap--and for us she bargains the boldly-flavored Shrimp with Fennel, eco-friendly Olives, crimson Onion, and White Wine. She gathers wild vegetables and herbs with friends, inspiring immense Beans with Thyme and Parsley, and box vegetables and Ouzo Pie. She learns the key to chewy nation bread from the baker on Santorini and interprets it for American kitchens. together with 325 recipes constructed in collaboration with Victoria clever (her co-author on The Well-Filled Tortilla Cookbook, with over 258,000 copies in print), The Olive and the Caper celebrates all issues Greek: fowl Neo-Avgolemeno. Fall-off-the-bone Lamb Shanks professional with garlic, thyme, cinnamon and coriander. Siren-like chocolates, 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 part and has dozens of energetic essays during the book--about the origins of Greek nutrients, approximately village existence, historical past, language, customs--making this a full of life event in interpreting in addition to cooking.

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