Cookbook Club

13 Greek-Inspired Dishes to Enjoy From Sunrise to Sunset

August  3, 2018

Vefa Alexiadou literally wrote the book on Greek cuisine with her 700+ page tome, Greece: The Cookbook (previously published as Vefa's Kitchen). It's our Cookbook Club's book for the month of August, and members are already noting that it has a dual purpose—they can use it for weight-lifting while they cook!

All jokes aside, this is truly a comprehensive book on original Mediterranean cuisine. But there's no need to be overwhelmed by the (hundreds) of recipes contained within—the recipes are straight-forward and easy to prepare. While you're waiting for your copy to arrive, we've rounded up 13 Greek-inspired dishes to get you in the groove:

we're in the grilling groove, too

Have a favorite Greek (or Greek-inspired) dish? Fill us in!

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    Lindsay-Jean Hard
I like esoteric facts about vegetables. Author of the IACP Award-nominated cookbook, Cooking with Scraps.


Zoe R. August 8, 2018
Is voting in progress for future cookbook club picks..? Or have they already been announced? I know next month is Dining In...
Lindsay-Jean H. August 9, 2018
Voting just happened, and results will be announced tomorrow!
Nancy August 3, 2018
LJ - cookbook looks great and the sampling of all these green and summery dishes makes me think outdoors, picnic, or sitting in the back yard.
Another similar dish - especially good for lazy meals, picnics etc -
is not Greek, but with all its spinach, may fall under the heading "Greek inspired."
It's a great spinach pie from Italy, commonly made and eaten around Easter, but not restricted to then.
And who's to say you can't play around with other dark greens available in summer?!...
Recipe from Anita Sheldon as torta di spinaci, in New York Times, March 1972, reprinted in the Amanda Hesser collection of Times recipes and at this home recipe site.
Delicious, reliable, can be eaten any temperature you like, with lemonade, white wine spritzers or red wine. Enjoy!
Lindsay-Jean H. August 6, 2018
Oh that sounds lovely, thanks for sharing Nancy.