Go Greek With Amazon


Go Greek With Amazon
Go Greek With Amazon


We all love Amazon, my go to site for books, music and much more.

Especially books, books written in English are plentiful in Greece, bestsellers, or Greek bestsellers translated into English, but if you’re looking for something a bit more eclectic, then, they’re rather thin on the ground.

I’m asked time and time again, by readers outside of Greece, “Where can I find petimezi, mastica, Greek coffee, oregano, basil etc?”

Amazon; that’s where!

Amazon Affiliates, reward me, by allotting to me, a teensy-weensy commission (With no extra cost to you), on items bought by customers, sent to them from my blog.

So, I thought I’d help you, by tracking down, all things Greek, to add that little bit of “Greekness” to your lives!

I've chosen for you, the best that Amazon has to offer, Items with the most favourable reviews, and, there is nothing on this list, that I would not purchase for myself.


Travel Books.


Visiting Greece in the near future?

 Do your homework before you go, study some of the best Greek travel books around.

Don’t forget to take them with you; they’re a mine of information, from the best hotels, the cleanest beaches, where to eat, to local public transport timetables, and what to visit.

They really do help make you make the most of your trip to Greece.




                              




                                 



Books depicting life in Greece.
 (As experienced by non-Greeks)



Many times, I see “Life in Greece” type of books, classed as travel books.
It’s true, you may read one of these books, and think “Wow, I really have to visit there”,
So, in a way, yes, they could be travel books.

 I prefer to think of them as autobiographies, a chapter out of someone’s life.

All the books below, I have read, and enjoyed so much, I would like to share them with you.

My favourite, by far, is “The Colossus of Marousi” written by Henry miller, who just happened to be a great friend and travelling companion, of Lawrence Durrell, who has written the most wonderful books about life in Greece, before, and after, WWII.

I’ve never counted how many books he has written, but, I have them all!
Far too many to list here, so I’ll just put his most popular.

I can’t leave out Lawrence’s younger brother Gerald, author of “My Family and Other Animals” (Now a TV series), containing hilarious anecdotes about life on the Greek island of Corfu.


A bonus for you here, in the book I chose By Gerald Durrell, you get to read his other two brilliant books, that make up "The Corfu Trilogy";


 "Birds Beasts and Relatives" and "Garden of the Gods"

 I first read "My Family and Other Animals" at school, and have re-read it many times since.

Little did I know at the time, that one day, I also would be living a “Greek life”.

Patrick Leigh Fermor, traveled, on foot, from England, to Constantinople,

spending much time in Greece along the way.

At the outbreak of WWII, and the subsequent occupation of Greece by The Germans, Patrick, returned to help the Greeks.

Such was his love for Greece and the Greeks; he built a house, in the hauntingly beautiful Mani region of the Peloponnese, where he lived until his death in June 2011.




   Henry Miller            Lawrence Durrell       Lawrence Durrell          Lawrence Durrell
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  Lawrence Durrell         Gerald Durrell       Patrick Leigh Fermor   Patrick Leigh Fermor
                          




Patrick Leigh Fermor  Patrick Leigh Fermor  Patrick Leigh Fermor   Patrick Leigh Fermor
                                




"Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews" by Mark Mazower. 
"Salonica", tells the tale, of how, before the intervention of "The powers that be" interfered, Christians, Muslims and Jews of Thessaloniki (Salonica), lived in harmony, each playing their important role in society, which was then under Ottoman rule.
Once the richest port in Europe, Thessaloniki went downhill fast, after being freed from the Ottomans in 2012.
A lesson about tolerance is to found in this book.I was so enthralled with this book, I read it twice, and will no doubt read again.

"Birds Without Wings"
from the author of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", another favourite of mine, again, a tale of how different cultures and religions, Greeks and Turks, lived together peacefully, until politics rears its ugly head.

"The Great Fire"  
The harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians—a tale of bravery, morality, and politics, published to coincide with the genocide’s centennial.
"The year was 1922: World War I had just come to a close, the Ottoman Empire was in decline, and Asa Jennings, a YMCA worker from upstate New York, had just arrived in the quiet coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. Several hundred miles to the east in Turkey’s interior, tensions between Greeks and Turks had boiled over into deadly violence. Mustapha Kemal, now known as Ataturk, and his Muslim army soon advanced into Smyrna, a Christian city, where a half a million terrified Greek and Armenian refugees had fled in a desperate attempt to escape his troops. Turkish soldiers proceeded to burn the city and rape and kill countless Christian refugees. Unwilling to leave with the other American civilians and determined to get Armenians and Greeks out of the doomed city, Jennings worked tirelessly to feed and transport the thousands of people gathered at the city’s Quay."

"Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides 

  "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal."

"So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic."                                                                                        
                         

                               


I can't leave the great Greek author, Nikos Kazantsakis off the list, famous, among other things, for "Zorba the Greek"

This is the only book I have read in Greek, as my daughter had to said to me;

 "If you're going to read Zorba, it has to be read in Greek"

So i did!

It took me a little longer than usual, I struggled in a couple of places, but, I made to the finale.

A tale of the shenanigans of Zorba, who knew how to live; Greek-style, drinking, singing, dancing, generally having a good time, even though he had hardly a penny to his name.


Someone who really knew how to live in the moment.


                                                           




Victoria Hislop
Novels set in Greece

Have you read Victoria Hislop? If not, you should, Victoria writes moving, sometimes heart-braking, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, novels, all  set in beautiful Greece.
The Island was made into a TV series, here in Greece, what a hit! The evenings it was showing, the streets were empty, everyone was was at home, watching "The Island" even my son, who's no fan of TV, watched!
I've read them all, but must order her latest, Cartes Postales from Greece.



                                     




                 



Greek Cookery Books


    
                                 
         
Greek Gourmet


I can’t tell you, the amount of times, family and friends, have visited me in Greece, enjoyed delicious Greek food, and, wanting to try their hand at certain recipes, once they are back home, tell me, they can’t find those special ingredients, that make or break a Greek dish.

Look no further, I’ve tracked them down for you on Amazon.

Petimezi

On the whole of Amazon.com, and Amazon UK, I found, French, Italian and Turkish petimezi, but, only one authentic, Greek petimezi.


Petimezi, pure concentrated grape juice, is the healthy alternative to sugar, this rich syrup, still made to day as it was thousands of years ago, is delicious over ice cream or yogurt, poured over fresh fruit, or used in  sweet/ sour recipes and, of course, can replace sugar in a multitude of cakes and biscuits.

Learn all about petimezi HERE

This one was  awarded the Great Taste Award 1013.

                                                                  


Mastic or Mastica


Mastic is a resin, or gum, from the mastic trees of the Greek island of Chios
Known as “Tears of Chios”, owing to the fact, that when the resin dries on the trunks of mastic tears, it becomes brittle and translucent, resembling tears.



Greek mastic from the trees on the Greek island of Chios.
Greek mastic from the trees on the Greek island of Chios.


On chewing, mastic becomes a white gum, the Greek word “mastic”, means “To gnash the teeth”, the English word masticate, is derived from this.

Mastic has a fresh, pine or cedar flavor, crushed to a fine powder, either in a food processor or pestle and mortar, is used to flavor liqueurs, ice cream, jam, Turkish delight, cakes and the famous Greek Easter bread, “Tsoureki”, and, of course, the well-known Greek chewing gum

Mastic is also used in cosmetics, soap, body lotion and perfume. It is an essential ingredient holy oil, used for anointing, in The Greek Orthodox Church.



                                    


Greek Honey


                                     


Greek Olive Oil

What needs to be said about this? It speaks for itself.
Pure Greek Olive Oil, simply the best.
Liquid gold.


                                   


Greek Coffee


Re-live your wonderful Greek holiday, once you are back home, with the unique aromatic flavour of Greek coffee.
Go one step further, buy the traditional "Briki" the authentic Greek coffee pot to brew up in.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


                                



Face & Body

Why not try the 100% natural, Greek cosmetic line Korres, reasonably priced, with products for both men and women?

The company was founded in Athens in 1996 by Georgos Korres, a pharmacist from Naxos, a pioneer In Greece in this field.

The products are amazing, the variety, the fragrances, the colours.
There’s anything you would ever need, bath and shower gels, body lotions, face creams, makeup and perfume.

They even have the everyday necessities such as toothpaste, hand creams and soaps.
The names sound just as good as they smell,
Such as; Santorini vine, water lily, vanilla cinnamon, basil lemon and much more.

All Korres products are accompanied by a list, stating what is and what isn't included in the ingredients; you know exactly what you are getting.

The makeup is wonderful too, with colours to suit all complexions.

The face creams cover all ages, I have used the black pine face cream, no, I thought my skin was beyond help, too much sun and too many cigarettes, but, I swear I saw improvement while using this, people even commented on it!

   
                                                                                                      
                                                                                           


                                                  

Greek soap


                                     



Happy Greek Christmas

Add a touch of Greek to your Christmas.

Sparkling Greek flags and delightful santas (Agios Vassilis)

"kala christouyenna"

Happy Christmas!



                                     



                                    



4 comments:

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    1. Oh, thanks so much, keep on reading!
      Susan. x

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  2. Hi Susan,

    I wondered if you might be interested in reading my new book, A Kilo of String. In a nutshell, it's a mostly humorous (I hope) account of my experiences as a Brit who’s lived in Greece for the past thirteen years.

    A Kilo of String is my fourth book, and if you'd like a review copy, I'll gladly send you the ebook edition in whatever format you prefer. I couldn’t find a way of emailing you directly or I would have given you more details in this comment, but if you’re interested in finding out more before committing yourself, here’s a link to the book’s UK Amazon page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kilo-String-Rob-Johnson-ebook/dp/B071G87SKG

    You might also like to check out my podcast series which the book is loosely based on at https://rob-johnson.org.uk/podcasts/a-kilo-of-string/

    Best wishes,

    Rob Johnson

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    1. P.S. My email address is robjohnson at care4free dot net

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They make all my efforts worthwhile,.

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Thanks,
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