It’s All Greek To Me, A Review and a Giveaway

Since we don’t have cable I will admit that I had never heard of Debbie Matenopoulos until I cracked open a review copy of her new cookbook, It’s All Greek To Me. Debbie will no doubt be familiar to those of you who know her from shows like The View, and her book is lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs (I consider this a must for a cookbook) and has lots of relatively simple and flavor-packed recipes for Greek food.  I do not do many reviews but I was drawn to this because I really adore the flavor profiles of Greek cuisine, and most of the food is focused on whole, fresh, unprocessed ingredients. The author grew up in a traditional Greek household and found that when she gravitated away from that diet and started eating a standard American diet her health began to suffer.  Her renewed embrace of the healthier diet of her homeland was part of the inspiration for this book.  In addition to my review copy, I was provided with a copy of the book to award to one of my readers–details at the end of this post.


Because we have had typically hot weather here for the past few weeks I gravitated towards the recipes that would work well with grilling, and I made a big batch of Debbie’s recipe for Walnut Skorthalia.  Skorthalia is a garlic dip that you have probably had in restaurants made with potatoes, but the walnut version carries the same punch of flavor along with the rich, earthy flavor of the walnuts.  Walnuts are blended with fresh garlic, sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil, and white wine vinegar.  I lightly toasted the walnuts before blending and we had the sauce spooned over grilled garden vegetables.

Walnut Skorthalia

The sauce is also good with grilled fish or chicken, or thinned out and used as a salad dressing.  I also tried her Tahini Sauce, a non-traditional spin that she created for her vegan friends.  It is also lovely on grilled vegetables and proteins.  The book is full of recipes for seafood and seasonal produce, which makes it right up my alley.  My “to-try” list includes the Oven-Baked Okra, the Baked Cod with Lemon Garlic Parsley Sauce, and the Greek Meatball Soup.  I also am going to try to adapt the Classic Walnut Cake to make it Paleo-friendly.

My favorite cookbooks are those that give me a sense of another country and culture, and this one does this through both the photos and the recipes.

Giveaway has ended!  Congratulations to Amy, who won the cookbook, and thanks to everyone who entered!

1. Leave a comment after this blog post, mentioning your favorite Greek dish or a dish you would like to try.

2. Giveaway is open to U.S. mailing addresses only.

3. The entry period will end at 5:00 M.S.T. on Sunday, August 10th.  I will select a winner using to generate a number that corresponds with the placement of the winning comment.  I will contact the potential winner via email and they will have 48 hours to respond.  If there is no response in 48 hours I will select an alternative winner using the same method.

It’s just that simple!  Good luck, and thanks for reading,


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23 Responses to It’s All Greek To Me, A Review and a Giveaway

  1. Jenny B July 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    I love saganaki, even though I feel like its probably pretty bad for you, healthwise. I also love anything with feta cheese or kalamata olives so I’d be interested in recipes with either of those ingredients.

  2. Nancy August 1, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    My favorite Greek dish is gyros. I also really love a good Greek salad.

  3. Denise Heikinen August 1, 2014 at 4:59 am #

    Hi Angela,
    I have cable but I’ve never heard of Debbie Matenopoulos either! But I’d love to have a copy of her cookbook as I love Greek food too! That walnut sauce looks great and not as salty as food with feta or olives.

  4. Amy August 1, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    I love Spanakopita, although I have not had it in years! Skorthalia sounds like great sauce, I will have to try it soon.

  5. Heidi August 1, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    I have eaten many a Gyros and love them but would really like to try Moussaka

  6. Stephanie Watson August 1, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    I love anything greek, especially salad and spanakopita!

  7. Janice E August 1, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    Love Greek salad in all its guises! When we visited Greece, it was never the same from place to place, but all was delicious….

  8. Zoë Levitt August 1, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Greek olives!! Nom nom

  9. lisa keys August 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    give me feta, Greek yogurt and anything wrapped in phyllo dough

  10. Joan C August 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    I would love to try the Walnut Shorthalia.

  11. Joan Noyes August 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    My favorite dish is Moussaka, yum!

  12. Linda in MI August 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Funny! This book showed up in my recommended book list on Amazon today, and now is see this.

    • Angela August 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm #


  13. shirley August 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    We love Melinjanta Salata (my spelling if off!) which is very similar to Baba Ghanoush — tho Greeks do not add tahini. Granted we love almost ALL Greek food having lived/worked there over 8 years back in the ‘dark ages’. My Greek cookbooks are all pretty old (’50’s, 60’s) tho I often bring more uptodate ones home from the public library!

    • Angela August 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

      Shirley, I did not know that you had lived in Greece!

  14. Marie Valdes August 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    I cannot live without tziatiki sauce! I use it on everything, especially as a low calorie, tasty salad dressing. It helped me during my weight loss and to control my diabetes.

  15. Lori Kauffman August 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Pastitsio is on my list of new things to make for dinner. It’s like Greek lasagna made with a bechamel sauce and ground beef. I’m planning on using ground turkey since we are not big red meat eaters or making it a veggie pastitsio. I actually remember Debbie Matenopolous from her being a co-host on The View tv talk show. It may have been the first season! I love Greek food, especially Feta and Kalamata olives. Visiting Greece is number one on my bucket list!

  16. Mary Shivers August 4, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    My sister makes a tziatiki sauce that I love. I would love to win this cookbook and would give it to her for her birthday in a couple of weeks.:)

  17. Lisa Huff @ Snappy Gourmet August 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    I LOVE Greek food! How can I just pick one thing?? Guess I’ll have to say gyros. Yum, yum, yum!!!

  18. Juliana Palmcook August 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    My favorite Greek dish is a recipe I invented a year ago called Grecian Lamb Delight- it has marinated lamb with olives and peppers in a spicy marinara in a grilled pita. Yum! I hope that I win this and thank you for hosting.

  19. Carole Resnick August 9, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    Would love a Greek cookbook. Would start at the beginning and go to the end.

  20. Anna August 10, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    My favorite Greek dish is spanakopita, but I hardly ever order because it’s so rich. And this book sounds neat! Also, I’d never heard of Debbie Matenopoulos until you mentioned her name. Haven’t watched The View in years.

  21. Nann August 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    I love Pastitsio and have been making something similar for years. And tziatiki sauce…oh my who can live without that wonderful sauce….like on everything. Yum! I’d love to win her cookbook because I just plain love good greek food!! Sign me up!

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