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Athens, Greece Food
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A Greek cookbook honoring family, uncompromised tradition, cooking & life.

Athens, Greece Food
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Dedicated to Kyria (Mrs) Loula who cooked our food and to our Yiayia (Grandmother) Sofia who taught us the importance of family.

For the story behind the olive oil go to the update section...:)
For the story behind the olive oil go to the update section...:)
It's been two weeks since we began this journey. Here is what has happened since. Lots of Cook[ειν]. Help me keep it going.
It's been two weeks since we began this journey. Here is what has happened since. Lots of Cook[ειν]. Help me keep it going.

Food connects what has been, what is, and what will be, into one story. Each country has its story, each group of people its traditions and each family its taste. In this cookbook I will tell a story, through Greek food, a tradition of family gatherings and a love of food and words.

My cookbook is called Cook[ειν]. Pronounced Cookin

It's Sunday. Take a seat at the table with my family.
It's Sunday. Take a seat at the table with my family.

cook[ειν] - (ˈkʊkɪŋ)

verb (used without object)
1. : cooking to share, to prepare food and eat it with others.
2. : to cook mindfully and lovingly
3. : slang.
         a. to do today instead of procrastinating until tomorrow i.e. I am cook[ειν].       
         b. to be in love with the process as much as the result

* Cook[ειν] is a word made up, actually a verb made up. The ancient Greek suffix ειν is used to denote the infinitive. The infinitive verb is commonly known as the dictionary form of a verb, the most neutral, root form which then gets conjugated according to the tense. *

Why this cookbook?

This is what I want the book to look and feel like. Hope you join me to see it brought to life!
This is what I want the book to look and feel like. Hope you join me to see it brought to life!

The recipes are tried and tested. They are healthy, and homey and utterly Greek. They are traditional but also have a refined touch; they are memory filled.

You will learn how to eat the way Greeks eat. In this book you will find a rich compilation of vegetarian, vegan and meat dishes, for all tastes. Useful for various moments in life.

 Each recipe will be combined with a poem, a story or prose.  My words will be sparse, the photos personal and impersonal but applicable to all of you, and the prose relevant and surprising.

• The food you will find in my cookbook is an every day event, a personal thing, a family affair, literally and metaphorically, so it will be the inspiration for my writing. One of the things I love doing is extracting the beauty from everyday situations and communicating about them.

My Rewards:

The budget?

The success of my Kickstarter campaign will determine whether I move on with this project or not. With your help I will be able to put a professional team together to make this project a reality:

•  graphic designer to help visually communicate all the content

• a photographer to take pictures that will make you want to be in the kitchen during all hours of the day

• Use of a printing press who will print this book for us and make it the best kitchen companion we could have

• a reward for the writer, cook and art director. 

*Let me know if you wish to see the analytical budget and I will post it as an update.

On a personal note…

This is my first step of hopefully many, to create something that I have envisioned, fill it with passion, be true to what I want from it and let it take me where it may.

I am committed to seeing it through. To creatively jumping to the opportunities that arise through the publishing of the book and to share the journey with all those who support me.

One of the things that have often made me feel I don’t know where I belong is the fact that I never feel complete when given a label, apart from being a professionally trained cook, I love writing, I love human beings, and I love movement. I am on a quest to combine all these into a label that may not exist today, and I have to start from somewhere. So here we go, this is my starting point. I wish this cookbook to be a combination of who I am today, the memories I carry within me from yesterday and a reference point forever tomorrow.

Risks and challenges

The recipes you will find in this cookbook are ones that have travelled from my great-grandmother’s kitchen to my own. I have grown up eating them and they are the foods that shaped my palate and have taught me what I like and do not like. The difficult thing will be to think critically about these tastes, put my emotional attachment aside and make them better and more applicable to the modern day palate.
Additionally I think convincing you to support this idea and getting you to trust that this cookbook will create ripples of positive action has been and is challenging in itself, but I know that once you all are convinced I will take this project on full-heartedly and am up for the adventure!!

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    A heartfelt THANK YOU expressed through a unique Cook[ειν] postcard image of Greece.
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    A TEA TOWEL decorated with Greek lace. Unique Cook[ειν] design

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    E-BOOK version of Cook[ειν]. (I still believe that the physical cookbook is the way, but if you like digital go with this reward!)

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    An APRON you will be proud to wear even after your guests have arrived. Unique Cook[ειν] design. Nowhere to be found in stores!
    Woman and unisex versions. (Check photos)
    AND the E-BOOK version of Cook[ειν]!!!
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    SIMPLY Cook[ειν]: name in the list of all backers in the book (optional) & the printed COOKBOOK!!

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    Cook[ειν] COMING UP!: Name in the list of all backers in the book(optional), 1 printed version of the COOKBOOK, a uniquely designed Cook[ειν] TEA TOWEL.

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    WATERPROOF Cook[ειν] BOOK SLEEVE:
    name in the list of backers in the book (optional), 1 printed cookbook, and a waterproof book sleeve designed by me.

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    101 backers

    THE COMPLETE Cook[ειν] EXPERIENCE: Name in the list of all backers in the book(optional), 1 printed COOKBOOK, the Ε-ΒΟΟΚ, and the unique cook[ειν] APRON and TEA TOWEL

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    Cook[ειν] DOUBLE: name in the list of all backers of the book (optional) and 2 BOOKS (for those that want to stick to the essence!)

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    Cook[ειν] MAGIC IN THE KITCHEN:
    (only for those in Athens) Name in the list of all backers in the book (optional), 1 printed COOKBOOK, the E-BOOK, and 2 3-hour COOKING CLASSES – together we can prepare a dinner party for your friends.

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    SHARE THE Cook[ειν] EXPERIENCE: Name in the list of all backers in the book(optional), TWO printed COOKBOOKS (1 for you and 1 for a friend), the Ε-ΒΟΟΚ and TWO uniquely designed cook[ειν] APRONS and TEA TOWELS

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    8 backers Limited (4 left of 12)

    BECOME A Cook[ειν] SPECIAL GUEST: Name in the list of all backers in the book (optional), 1 printed COOKBOOK, the Ε-BOOK, the unique cook[ειν] TEA TOWEL AND give me a recipe that you grew up with and tell me the story around it (if there is one). I will cook it, photograph it and add it to my cookbook in the “GUEST RECIPE” section in the book.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    (only for those in Athens)
    Cook[ειν] SCHOOL: name in the list of all backers in the book (optional), 1 printed COOKBOOK, the E-BOOK, the unique Cook[ειν] APRON and TEA TOWEL a set of SIX COOKING CLASSES tailored to your needs and what you want to learn.

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    3 backers Limited (3 left of 6)

    TASTE GREECE THE Cook[ειν] WAY: name in the list of all backers in the book (optional), a BOX of GREEK DELICACIES with personalized labels explaining how I think it best to use each thing. 1 printed COOKBOOK, the E-BOOK, the unique cook[ειν] APRON and TEA TOWEL

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