Thursday, February 18, 2010

Book Review: "From The Palate to the Spirit"

Zakynthos, Crossroads of Culture and Cooking Greek Traditions of Food in Zakynthos by Calliopi Toufidou

"From The Palate to the Spirit" is a guide to the food and traditions of Zante (Zakynthos) island. The book features 100 recipes of the local specialties as well as the history, traditions, and culture at this special part of the "Eptanisa" (Ionian Islands). This book will give lots of detail about the specific culture of Zakynthos and could be useful if you were traveling to that island. I haven't tried to make the recipes from inside the book yet, but some of the recipes include ingredients that are not readily available at your local grocery store. Calliopi does a good job of promoting Greek tradition by sharing stories in her book. So if you're traveling to Greece and want to learn more about the culture of the Ionian Islands, email Popi to get a copy of the book at,

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