The Jewish presence in Greece is ancient, reinforced by waves of immigrants fleeing violence elsewhere in Europe. In particular, the city of Salonika became an epicenter of Jewish-Greek culture, until it was devastated during the Nazi occupation. Stavroulakis, former director of the Jewish Museum of Greece, has greatly enriched this collection of recipes gathered from the families of those who survived the Holocaust with details of the community’s history and its holiday rituals, as well such tidbits as the linguistic origins of dish names. Just a few pages of reading are all it takes to feel one has stepped into a vanished world.
Line drawings. Cloth.