Before taking a peek inside the book to see pictures of some of the recipes which are included in the cookbook here are some of the reviews people who have bought the cookbook say:
Here are a few reviews of what others are saying about Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste:
“The recipes are very well written and the directions are easy to follow, best of all the ingredients are readily available from any grocery store and she gives them both in the U.S. and metric system. For a few Cypriot products used, Ivy makes sure to give some substitutes. I have the book in my hands for only a week and have cooked a few recipes over the holidays. A huge success with my family who were very satisfied with the outcome”.
(Cook) Lisa H.
“I bought this as a birthday present for my daughter, who is half Greek-Cypriot. We both love Cyprus (we live in England) and this book is perfect for giving clear instructions on cooking authentic Cypriot cuisine. Greek cookery books abound, (and we have a few!) but this is something quite different. The illustrations are good, and the narrative which goes with each recipe gives an extra dimension.”
Kate Freemantle (Portsmouth, England)
“As a Cypriot Australian living in Australia, I struggled for years to find Traditional village recipes that were lost with my Grandmother. This seems to be the plite of Cypriots and Greeks worldwide.
Ivy recognized this need and set about over many years compiling a Recipe book unlike I’ve seen from Greece or Cyprus. On most recipes you receive a small history lesson on the meal, before a comprehensive list of ingredients and very simplistic directions.
Ivy had pictures and easy to follow steps with pictures most of the time to keep you on track. I Love my cooking but consider myself a dud baker with a bad oven and yet I succeeded in making some amazing dishes with Ivy’s helping hand. Ivy has her own website Kopiaste.org where she helps us out with anything we may get stuck on. The Book is beautifully written, the pictures are clear and the writing is easy to read while racing around the kitchen!
I recommend this book to anybody looking to explore an amazing diverse culture through its 10,000 years of cooking history, or those looking to step back into Yayyas Kitchen again.
“I was looking for a book with Greek recipes to gift to my wife. I found this book by chance, it looked good and I decided to buy it.
It was amazing. It has so many Greek (and Cypriot) recipes and what my wife tried to cook so far were delicious. She also told me that the cooking instructions were easy to follow. I’ve read from other reviews that the author has a blog, which I am very curious to discover.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in delicious food!”
This cookbook was a present from my husband.
Very well written, Ivy gives details about: preparation time, cooking time and portions which makes it easier for the user of the book to get organized. At the end of the book there are several traditional dessert recipes which make the content of this book even more exciting.
Each recipe is preceded by a beautiful color photograph of the prepared dish. There are recipes which include some step by step photos as well. Ivy also writes a small narrative in all recipes explaining exactly what each recipe is about, and the traditional origin behind it.
I would recommend this cookbook for everyone who wants to make an interesting trip through taste!
“Ivy did a lovely job of creating this self published cookbook and has kindly offered to help me out with mine. Lots of photos and if you want to know about traditional Greek cuisine, then you will want this book. Meat eaters and vegetarians and vegans won’t be lacking for inspiration in the kitchen. Lots of helpful tips and advice from one of my favorite home cooks. Thanks Ivy for your efforts.”
“I, too, have been a fan of Ivy’s blog for several years, but, living in Cyprus, never felt a need to by a Cypriot cookbook (I have a mother-in-law, after all!). Then I decided to buy it, as I wanted to see how Ivy presented some of her dishes, and I’m very glad that I did. The book is informal and accessible, well illustrated — often with step-by-step photos to show you how your creation should look — and complete with anecdotes about Ivy’s childhood and mother (who taught her cooking) and ideas for substitute ingredients should those called-for not be available. There are very few Cypriot (as distinct from Greek) cookbooks written in English, and this is one that I would certainly recommend.
If you like what you read, wait until you see and try some of the recipes included in the cookbook:
What are mezedes?
Mezes, plural mezedes, are small appetizer plates which should not be considered just as starters, as Cypriot mezedes are more than that. Mezedes are a meal on its own, where people gather to eat and enjoy some drinks. Mezedes include a large selection of both appetizers and main dishes which are served in small helpings.
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