Meni Valle

The Mediterranean Cook | A year of Seasonal Eating Cookbook

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A cookbook that's a celebration of seasonal produce, the Mediterranean way.

Warm and generous, Meni's recipes are a celebration of seasonality sprinkled with a bit of nostalgia for a simple, Mediterranean way of life.- Emiko Davies

Meni invites us into her kitchen & hands out tidbits of information amongst wonderful things like pickled peppers stuffed with cabbage, chocolate and fig tart, bouyourdi and home-made filo; Lovely, seasonal, abundant Mediterranean food for sharing with beautiful photography.- Tessa Kiros

Escape to the Mediterranean with Meni Valle's celebration of the fresh and flavour-packed cuisine of the region, with more than 75 vegetarian recipes. From roasted eggplants and tangy artichokes to perfectly flaky pastry boats and juicy grilled plums and figs, each dish is an invitation to savour the sensational flavours of the countries that border the Mediterranean.

Following slow food values, Valle's recipes are simple and seasonal, showcasing how to get the best out of fresh, local produce, all year round. Featuring beautiful photographs of each recipe, as well as step-by-step images to guide the reader through more intricate preparations, The Mediterranean Cook is a heartfelt and beautifully captured homage to a cuisine rich in flavor and history.

Fans of Alison Roman, Diana Henry, and Elizabeth David will adore this warm, salty-aired celebration of Mediterranean produce.

About the Author

Meni Valle is a Greek-Australian cookbook author and food teacher. Her rich Greek heritage, coupled with her love for travel and food, has seen Meni become one of Australia's most-respected authorities on Mediterranean cuisine.

When she is not writing cookbooks, Meni shares her knowledge and passion for Greek food through cooking classes and culinary tours to Greece, where she loves connecting with locals and discovering new recipes. She also regularly presents at festivals and conferences and contributes to magazines.

The Mediterranean Cook is Meni's sixth cookbook, following My Greek Kitchen (2011), My Mediterranean Kitchen (2012), Everyday Mediterranean (2015), Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking (2019) and Ikaria (2020).


Book credit: The Mediterranean Cook by Meni Valle, published by Smith Street Books.

Photography © Stephanie Stamatis and Hugh Davison

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