I recently had the opportunity to review a new cookbook, How to Roast a Lamb by Michael Psilakis.
Now that the kids are grown, my husband and I like to dine out frequently. Our latest new discovery is a Greek restaurant with authentic home-cooked cuisine.
Most of the Greek restaurants in our area normally offer pizzas, grinders and salads. This particular restaurant was recommended by a co-worker, of Greek ethnicity, who has visited with relatives in Greece. She said it’s the only Greek restaurant that she likes to eat at!
Whenever we dine in, my favorite dish is a hearty Moussaka, which will just melt in your mouth!
There’s also an annual Greek Hellenic Festival that’s held in Hartford, Connecticut every year. The event always draws a crowd with plenty of delicious Greek Food!
This year, Greek Orthodox Easter is celebrated on the same day as the Easter Sunday of the Western church, which is April 4, 2010.
How to Roast a Lamb
Lamb, to many, is a traditional Easter dish.
The New York says of the author:
Michael Psilakis is the Greek-American Mario Batali.”
The cookbook is a serious cookbook. There are dishes in here that are sophisticated enough for the serious gourmand, yet are written clearly so that the casual foodie can also prepare them – if you have a lot of time on your hands!
I found a recipe for my favorite Moussakaa, and was surprised that it was made not with ground beef as I had thought, but with goat or lamb! Moussaka is made with Japanese eggplant and herbs including dill, parsley, extra-virgin olive oil Hilopites pasta, and a Bechamel sauce.
We can’t pass up on the Spanakopita appetizer when we visit our favorite Greek restaurant, and I found a recipe for that as well in the book.
Spanakopita is layered with phyllo dough, baby spinach leaves, extra-virgin olive oil, feta cheese and a Bechamel sauce.
Michael Psilakis owns four restaurants in Manhattan, and offers a modern take on Greek cuisine. He also was the first outside chef invited by President and Mrs. Obama to the White House.
Expand your taste buds and impress your dinner guests with the recipes in this beautifully illustrated cookbook!
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