"What is off-putting...is an author who comes across with the relentlessness of a tour guide; no fact is too trivial, no recipe too obscure or commonplace to stuff into her reader's ear. The result of such obliviousness to our legitimate needs is that it finally makes no difference that she offers us a unique resource for such hard-to-find Greek dishes as quail-stuffed eggplant, sheep's-head soup, or leek fritters. Her indiscriminate effusions neither charm us nor win our trust, and both are required to get us to try a snail and bulgur pilaf. Greek cooking enthusiasts who have already found their bearings will want this book for the fun of losing themselves in Kochilas' baffling but occasionally fascinating labyrinth; novices, however, will soon be looking only for the exit signs."Kochilas, Diane is the author of 'Food and Wine of Greece' with ISBN 9780312087838 and ISBN 0312087837.