By September every year I'm a bit desperate for a break from the cooler weather and head online to look at pictures of tropical beaches and Mediterranean idylls. If you live in a cool climate, you'll know exactly what I mean!
So when The Islands of Greece, popped onto my radar I seized it with both hands. Part travel, part recipe book it is the kind that makes you feel warm just looking at it. I love a recipe book that includes some background on the history of the food and glorious pics so no surprises I think this one is a hit.
Greek food transfers beautifully to the Australian climate. Outdoor entertaining, shared platters, lots of fresh produce, salads and sides. This book is full of family recipes and ones that will feed a crowd right through spring and summer. The best part is that they are generally easy to prepare so there is not too much time slaving in the kitchen.
Greek food looks great served en masse, and I'm going to be piling my tables with dips, sardines, salads and a delicious chicken and yoghurt bake. The wraps are a great option for midweek madness or for feeding that basketball team you have over after the game!
The Islands of Greece would be the perfect Christmas book, or anytime present, for that foodie in your life who loves a bit of travel ... armchair or otherwise.
Images extracted from The Islands of Greece by Rebecca Seal published by Hardie Grant Books $45 available in stores nationally.