In 1975, the chance meeting in a college canteen with a bizarrely varied group of foreign students, resulted in my acquisition of a Greek boyfriend.
Having been fascinated by cooking and food since childhood and also being convinced of the old adage, that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through the stomach, I dashed out and bought the only Greek cookbook I could find.
Fortunately, it was the classic ‘The Home Book of Greek Cookery’ by Joyce Stubbs. This was my very first experience of a cuisine that would become second nature and also to a country that would become my second home.
In the intervening years, the boyfriend transformed into my husband and our story meant that we lived on a Greek island for many years and also in Athens – perhaps the coolest city in the Mediterranean!
Of late our travels have rested in England but I cannot shake off the smells, tastes, colours and warmth of Greece.
My endeavours to capture it all are here..
A bit more about ‘The Home Book of Greek Cookery’ can be read here. https://kouzinacooking.com/2017/04/14/an-indispensable-guide-joyce-stubbs-and-the-home-book-of-greek-cookery/
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I think your story is so wonderful! Having had 3 of the best years of my life growing up in Cyprus (pre-developed & somewhat spoiled?!) (Yes, me & the island!) I miss the Med terribly. I really look forward to reading more of your story, recipes and life, Mrs Kouzina!
I’m so pleased that you have enjoyed my ramblings! These Mediterranean islands are so magical – especially before the tourism ‘revolution’. I don’t think you ever really leave them, once you’ve lived there and experienced it all.
Hope you get back there soon.
Many thanks for your kind comment.
Jane – a great website. Looks good and the recipes are straightforward and easy to follow. Thanks.
Thank you, David ! Really good to know that !
Hi, I’ve nominated you for a blog award. Hope you are up for it! See my blog post http://kritsayvonne.com/2015/03/27/versatile-blogger-award/ Best wishes, Yvonne
Thanks Yvonne! That’s really kind ! Really appreciate that. Best wishes, Jane
I own that book by Joyce Stubbs too and its just as tattered as yours!
Still a favourite though !
Love your recipes, love visiting this site! I first came across Joyce Stubbs’ gem of a book in a public library in Glasgow’ s Royal Exchange Square. I re-discovered it on Amazon a couple of years ago, and even though it no longer looks new, but a bit splattered with olive oil and the pages are yellowed with age, it has some of the best Greek recipes I have ever seen.
Do you have any other favourites Jane?
Thanks ! That’s really kind – so glad you like the blog. My copy of the Joyce Stubbs book is in the splattered and age-yellowed state ! Another real favourite is Cooking the Greek Way’ by Anne Theoharous – it’s very good for standard Greek dishes. Sadly it is also out of print – but I did manage to get a copy for a friend from Abe Books. Another favourite is Vefa Alexiadou’s ‘Vefa’s Kitchen ‘. It’s a bit of a a hefty tome but is very informative. Vefa is Greece’s ‘Delia’, so her recipes are well-tested. It’s well-worth the investment.
What’s you favourite dish ?
I love light simple dishes, vegetable stews- Briami, and I cook a very good Moussaka also light, but still traditional. I love Walnut Cake steeped in orange spicy syrup, andmy speciality Galaktoboureko. Anne Theoharous’ book is on my kitchen shelf too and is often my go-to book for family favourites.
Looking forward to working through your posts. Thanks so much for the kind comments about my own. It’s great to feel appreciated 🙂
It’s good to know there are really people out there !! Looking forward to reading more from you too 🙂
Thanks ! The Anne Theoharous book is one of my all time favourite books – all the recipes are so precise and well-explained. Such a shame it’s out of print !
I’ve just come across you and feel very pleased to have found you. The Zonar piece is excellent. I’m a fussy reader and I like your style and writing voice. Zonar’s we remember well. We lived for two winters in Athens in 1962/3 and 1964/65. After that on Sifnos and Amorgos; later, in Papingo, north of Ioannina. You might be interested in our (Peter and Susan Barrett’s) latest collaboration about our first decade in Greece. Have a look! susanbarrettwriter.com/pencross-books. (I also depended on Joyce Stubbs!)
Hi Susan – thank you so much for your kind words. Am very pleased that you enjoyed the Zonars’ piece – it’s a place close to my heart.
I will definitely have a look at your website and book. I’m fascinated by Athens in the early Sixties- it was a moment of great change for the country and there seemed to be an interesting mix of ‘ex-pats’ there – including Joyce Stubbs and her husband!
I’ve managed to get hold of Leslie Finer’s guide book to Greece from 1964 and Robert Liddell’s travel books. So interesting ! When I first went there in 1977, you could still get glimpses of that Athens.
Really looking forward to reading your work. Hoping to keep in touch.