Theo A. Michaels

Orexi - Feasting at the Modern Greek Table Cookbook by Theo A. Michaels

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A collection of over 80 classic and modern recipes from chef Theo Michaels; paying homage to his heritage whilst championing new modern dishes inspired by the flavours of Greece and Cyprus.

Kali orexi is the Greek equivalent of bon appetit and this enticing book will certainly whet your appetite! Organised in chapters entitled Meze, Sea, Land, Sun and Fire, evoking a sense of connection to nature, seasonality, abundant simplicity and sociable eating.

Fresh ingredients sing from the plate, from juicy watermelon and glossy Kalamata olives, to fragrant oregano-roasted lamb and delicate vine-leaf-baked sea bass. Meze features mouth-watering small plates for sharing from creamy dips to meatballs. The sea is woven into Greek culture and seafood is a staple of the islanders diets; enjoy the freshest fish and shellfish cooked simply and served with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh herbs. Meat is a huge part of the Greek diet – rabbit, goat, chicken, lamb are the mainstay with pork enjoyed at Easter celebrations.

Cooking over charcoal is part of daily life. The Cypriots use a large rotisserie famous for its souvla (long skewer), while mainland Greece make souvlaki and both BBQ and oven-roasted dishes are included here. Greek yogurt, along with artisan cheeses (feta, halloumi etc.) can be eaten hot (saganaki) or shaved into vibrant salads and the traditions of 'horta', the blanket term for greens means there are plenty of vegetable dishes to enjoy. Finally, Greek desserts are often just a sweet note to be served with a bitter black coffee or you may prefer a Greek-inspired cocktail such as an Ouzo Sour.

This book features stunning food styling and photography and it's considered as a must-have of Greek & Mediterranean cuisine, making it the perfect gourmet gift for all cooking lovers and enthusiasts.

About the Author

Theo is a chef, presenter and award-winning author specialising in Greek Cypriot and Family friendly food. After reaching the heats to the semi-finals on Masterchef 2014 Theo hung up his suit and started wearing an apron for living – and hasn’t looked back! 

Six times published author, two of Theo’s books won the 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook award. Theo’s most recent books include Rustica, Share and Orexi (translated into three languages).

Awards: delectable sharing boards won the category A11  Entertaining of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Mediterranean village food won the category D02  Health & Nutrition of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

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