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Tasso AntoniouBy Tasso Antoniou
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Tasso AntoniouBy Tasso Antoniou
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About

A cookbook celebrating the Greek cuisine has always been a dream for me. As a Greek, I believe that some of the most important moments of our lives happen around the table. For me, sharing food is lifetime memories in the making and now I would like to impart this to you. This is why I would love to create an up to date cookbook about classic Greek food, giving it a modern twist. As you may know, Greek cuisine is the staple of the Mediterranean diet, a scientifically acknowledged way to longevity and a culture element with roots back to ancient Greece. Think delicious salads, mouthwatering pita wraps, wonderful desserts and gorgeous meze platters you can easily make at home and share with friends and family.

The story

If we haven’t met yet, hey there! I am Tassos and for the ten past years, I’ve been working as a food journalist. My passion for cooking started at a very little age - but it was only when I was a student in the UK, alone and hungry, that I came up with the idea of sharing easy, delicious recipes with other people in the same position as me. I set up my Greek website to share my recipes, then a YouTube channel for cooking videos and then one of the biggest publication houses in Greece proposed to publish my first cookbook. It was a great success in the country and the book was even awarded as “The Best Easy Recipes Cookbook” at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, which are considered as the Oscars for food and wine books worldwide.

This cookbook will bring some Greek island magic in your daily cooking.
This cookbook will bring some Greek island magic in your daily cooking.

After many years of excuses for not doing this, My Greek Salad blog launched in 2016 as a place to share my thoughts, recipes, and experiences with a worldwide audience. Many readers and social media followers suggested that I also make a cookbook out of it but in a more contemporary approach. Share my experiences from my trips throughout Greece - and the last five years I’ve been on the road discovering succulent Greek delicacies and traditional dishes. Fishing in the Aegean sea, judging local tomatokefte contests in Santorini, collecting olives with local producers in Kalamata, making savory pies with local grandmothers in Chalkidiki, it has been an incredible journey thanks to all the amazing people, who welcomed me and shared their family traditions with an unprecedented generosity. Eventually, it all came down to one conclusion: food is caring. Cooking with love gives back positivity and feelings you could never express through words.

All these valuable experiences were the baby step towards the realization of the dream. A dream to collect the cornerstone recipes of Greece, help preserve decades of family traditions and pass on our hundreds of years culinary tradition to future generations.

What will be in the cookbook? 

An idea of what the cookbook would look like - with your support, of course!
An idea of what the cookbook would look like - with your support, of course!

A proper Greek feast, consisting of approximately 100 authentic recipes from the islands and the mainland, is the essence of this project. Greek cooking at home should not be intimidating, and this is what we are going to prove with this cookbook. Recipes trusted and loved by the inspiring people I met through this incredible journey. Gyro, moussaka, fresh fish, seafood, pita wraps, stews, salads, and much more iconic dishes from all over Greece will be featured in the book. Of course, desserts will be a huge star in this project, so get ready for some indulging portokalopita, bougatsa, chocolate syrup cakes and baklava, just to name a few. Last but not least, traditional drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic ones, will hold a special place in the book.

Who is this cookbook for?

This book will be filled with the Greek values of family, generosity, respect, acceptance, and gratefulness. Greek food is comfort food that nurtures the body and soul. This book is ideal for anyone who shares these beliefs. It’s also a great gift for anyone who has or is planning to visit Greece, as it will hopefully be a living postcard of this beautiful country and its rich culture. Aside from this, it would be perfect for anyone who wants to make beautiful, healthy meals for one or a whole crowd, with a few fresh ingredients you can find everywhere and simple technique.

Care for a meze platter you can pull together in minutes that won’t break the bank? Maybe a healthy salad bowl for your lunch break? Ideas for everyday meals, special occasions, family gatherings, healthy dishes, BBQ parties, romantic dinners, late night cravings, cold winter days, warm summer picnics - you name it and it’ll be in this cookbook.

Moments from my first cookbook presentation in New York City!
Moments from my first cookbook presentation in New York City!

The cookbook at a glance

- All recipes have been tried and tested at least 5 times.

- For the most part, the book’s instructions require entry-level cooking skills. Know how to heat your pan and cut your veggies? Familiar with tossing and mixing things in a bowl? You’re probably ready to cook along.

- My personal motto is “fast, easy, tasty”. I have developed tons of recipes for this cookbook using just 5 or 6 ingredients that can be ready in 30 minutes (excluding food prep, right?!) That also means super affordable meals and as little dishwashing as possible!

- I highly respect traditional Greek food and local ingredients. Regional dishes will specifically state the use of specialty ingredients (such as cheese, charcuterie, herbs etc). I have done the research and will suggest alternatives you can easily find at a supermarket or local deli, all over the world.

- As much as I love authentic techniques, they can be hard to follow in a tiny apartment kitchen. Therefore, I will come up with shortcuts to save you time and money, so that you can easily recreate any dish at home.

- Ingredients will be measured both in metric and imperial systems. The same applies to oven temperatures, too.

- All recipes will be beautifully photographed, so you will know beforehand what the final result should look like.

- While this book will not be exclusively labeled as vegetarian or vegan, I aim to include a considerable number of them in it. Greek cuisine is by nature healthy and wholesome, but I will denote recipes as vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan when applicable.

Years of travels throughout Greece, meeting with authentic people who keep up invaluable traditions of our culture.
Years of travels throughout Greece, meeting with authentic people who keep up invaluable traditions of our culture.

Pledges

Food is to share and I can’t wait to share my passion with you! I want to give you the opportunity to actively participate in the process of creating this book. Everyone making a pledge will get their name printed on the book and receive back our heartfelt generosity for contributing. Feeling inspired already? Why not become a part of this project and have your Greek-inspired recipe featured in the book! There are many pledge tiers so that everyone, at any budget available, can help bring this project to life.

The funds

The successful funding of this project will help me work along with a professional team (graphic designer, photographer, editor) to bring this book to life. The funds will cover the costs of ingredients for photography expenses, copywriting, editing, proofreading, design, printing, and delivery to you. If we can raise more money, we will print more books. Updates for backers will be posted regularly with exclusive content, photos, and videos to keep you in the loop!

Doing everything for the best shot! Here, in Kalamata olive groves during this year's harvest
Doing everything for the best shot! Here, in Kalamata olive groves during this year's harvest

“If you can dream it, you can do it”

I decided to self-publish for one big reason. Having already worked with a big publication house, I know it can take up to two or event three years to publish a book. Writing down all my thoughts and experiences from my journeys, creating all these recipes and photos - I just could not wait such a long time for you to see the book brought to life. 

Furthermore, independence is key. I believe in creative control and community support. This combination can lead this project to places I could never think had I done this the usual way. Feedback is so important and, frankly, nothing is more direct than a reader comment that could give a whole new perspective on our work in progress. You speak and I listen - simples! Should you have any question about recipe instructions, we will gladly offer full support via the blog or social media.

Plus, including your recipes in the book is a sincere way for me to thank you and value your input for this book to happen.

Risks and challenges

A significant part of the hard work (research) is already done. I have experience in cooking, writing, photography, and production, so I don’t see any risks arising.

There is always a possibility of a delay in printing, but should we reach that point, I will be constantly notifying you of the next step.

If the project doesn’t hit our minimum funding goal, it won’t go ahead and no one pays a cent. Simple as that!

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    A unique POSTCARD from Greece!

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    E-BOOK version for the digital savvy!

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    One signed copy of the COOKBOOK!

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    One Signed COOKBOOK & 2 unique GIFTS!

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    1 uniquely designed TEA TOWEL
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    One Signed COOKBOOK & 3 unique GIFTS!

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    One COOKING CLASS with me!

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    1 COOKING CLASS, specifically curated for your preferences, with me in Athens, Greece (available for those who will be in the city of Athens)
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    1 custom-made APRON
    1 uniquely designed TEA TOWEL
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    Please note the location must be in central Athens, Greece and is subject to both participants (that's you and me!) availability.

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    2 COOKBOOKS & 3 unique GIFTS for you!

    This pledge serves as an alternative for those who won't be in Athens to attend a cooking class with me, but really want the book for themselves and/or as a gift!
    You will get:
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    Feature YOUR RECIPE in the book!

    You will see YOUR OWN RECIPE featured in the book! This is your opportunity to develop a Greek-inspired recipe with me (via video calls) and have it star in the book! Don't worry if you are a beginner or an expert, everyone is welcome as I'll help you through the whole process! You will also get:
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    A GIFT BOX with GOURMET GREEK PRODUCTS

    You will get:
    1 SIGNED copy of the PRINTED COOKBOOK
    1 GIFT BOX of GREEK DELICACIES, filled with Greek ingredients that I use in every recipe of mine. Think farm-fresh, handpicked aromatic herbs that will enhance every recipe you cook from the book! You will also get:
    1 SIGNED copy of the PRINTED COOKBOOK
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