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Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table

by Christopher Bakken

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Slight but entertaining memoir from a confirmed Grecophile. The narrative isn't quite as cohesive as I'd wish, partially because the author includes unnecessary details about his travel plans, etc. Being a professor and poet, he also interrupts his book several times to make one literary allusion or another, which after a while comes off as self-consciously arty. But it was fun to learn a little more about an unfamiliar cuisine, and I appreciate Bakken's love for his adopted home. ( )
  bostonian71 | Apr 11, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0520275098, Hardcover)

Combining the best of memoir, travel literature, and food writing, Christopher Bakken delves into one of the most underappreciated cuisines in Europe in this rollicking celebration of the Greek table. He explores the traditions and history behind eight elements of Greek cuisine--olives, bread, fish, cheese, beans, wine, meat, and honey--and journeys through the country searching for the best examples of each. He picks olives on Thasos, bakes bread on Crete, eats thyme honey from Kythira with one of Greece's greatest poets, and learns why Naxos is the best place for cheese in the Cyclades. Working with local cooks and artisans, he offers an intimate look at traditional village life, while honoring the conversations, friendships, and leisurely ceremonies of dining around which Hellenic culture has revolved for thousands of years. A hymn to slow food and to seasonal and sustainable cuisine, Honey, Olives, Octopus is a lyrical celebration of Greece, where such concepts have always been a simple part of living and eating well.

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