Not only is Greek food extremely delicious, it is also a very healthy cuisine.  In her book, My Greek Family Table, Maria Benardis, a Greek-Australian welcomes, you to her table to enjoy Greek food the way her family has always done. Did you know, that after Athens, Melbourne has one of the highest Greek populations in the world.

Maria is regarded in Australia as an expert on Greek cuisine and runs her own successful cooking school, Greekalicious cooking school.

This delicious book, offers over 100 recipes that have been passed down through generations.  Apart from such classics as  moussaka and souvlakia, there are a host of  modern adaptations to traditional dishes – spicy ouzo keftedes and filo pizza with lamb.

Apart from the recipes, the book also weaves intimate tales of family life: an aunt learning to make Greek Easter bread in war-ravaged Kalamata; a generation of relatives arriving to make a new home in Australia, their suitcases bulging with their beloved ingredients; the author as a child keeping a secret vegie garden on the island of Psara.

Written with passion and beautifully photographed, My Greek Family Table is a personal invitation to experience all the depth and flavour of Greek food and the wonderful spirit of kerasma – the offering of food to those we love.

The book has been very well received in Australia, and is now also available in South Africa.  In the Gourmand world cookbook awards of 2009 it won the award for Best Mediterranean cuisine book. At Wickedfood Cooking School, we will definitely be using the book as reference for our future Greek cooking classes.

Interested in buying this book? Visit – Red Pepper Books – The South African online bookshop, are able to offer you great prices on any book you are looking for, and they deliver to your door. Pay only R301.50 for this book (Recommended Retail Price = R335)! Red Pepper Books is offering Wickedfood Cooking School subscribers an EXTRA 10% off this book. Simply type in the promotional code WICKEDFOOD on the shipping page of the checkout process and your purchase will be reduced by a further 10%.

Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studio. Cookery classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – teambuilding cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our cooking lessons are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.