The beautiful Greek island of Paxos is special:
after 400 years of Venetian rule, this is where Greek and
Italian cuisines meet. Here, the simple, robust flavours of Greece
have been infused with a little Italian style and panache.
On Paxos, the islanders still follow the old ways, foraging,
tending animals and cooking ancient, simple dishes — dishes that
taste glorious. They remind us of something that, deep down,
we always knew — that food is better, when it is truthful.
Writer and cook Belinda Harley brings us a treasure-trove
of traditional recipes, and precious food lore that has almost died
out in the modern world of convenience foods; then in fresh,
original recipes, she uses their ingredients to create sparkling new
dishes to inspire cooks at home. Part cookbook, part aromatic slice
of Greek life, this is one of the most enchanting and evocative
food books to appear for a long time.