Cookbook Giveaway: It’s All Greek To Me

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Disclosure:  I received a review copy of It’s All Greek to Me.  The comments in this post are 100% mine.




If you have been following me for a while, you would probably know that I’m a cookbook collector.  When I was asked to be a participant in the “A Trip to Greece with Debbie Matenopoulos” blog tour, I was excited to learn more about Debbie Matenopoulos’ Greek heritage and Greek cuisine!



Debbie Matenopoulos, the first member of her family born in America, grew up in a traditional Greek household, eating the delicious, authentic Mediterranean diet her family had passed down and practiced for generations. 

By the time Debbie had started her television career on The View, she had begun eating a standard American diet of fast and processed food.  But despite eating less, she found herself gaining weight and lacking energy.  As Debbie’s career as an entertainment news reporter and television host on CBS, MTV, E!, and other networks had her constantly on the go, she was grabbing whatever food was readily available.  It was only when she returned to her traditional Greek way of eating that she found herself regaining her natural energy, stamina, and physique.

Now, in It’s All Greek to Me, Debbie shares the delicious family recipes that helped her turn her health around and rediscover the joy of sharing home-cooked meals with family and friends.



I love the photos and stories in this book!  Debbie had an amazing upbringing!  She enjoyed growing up in a traditional Greek home where food and family was everything to them.  It’s easy to see how she became such a good cook.  She spent endless hours learning the art of Greek cooking by watching the special women in her life.  After reading this book, it makes me want to visit Greece to experience the Greek culture for myself!

The chapters and recipe names in this cookbook are in Greek and English.  It’s nice to see how the Greek words are pronounced in parenthesis.  The colored photos are beautiful and the recipes are easy to follow.  If you LOVE Greek cuisine, then you got to get this cookbook!

Here’s a list of recipes that I’m looking forward to making!

Lightly Fried Calamari

Greek Hamburger Patties

Zucchini Fritters

Spinach Feta Pie

Stuffed Eggplant

Lemony Grilled Chicken

Lamb Souvlaki



Classic Roasted Leg of Lamb with Potatoes


Greek Wedding Cookies


I have permission to share a recipe from the book!  I made Debbie’s Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes with Garlic, Oregano, and Lemon.  My family and I loved them!  We enjoyed some of the potatoes with and without the lemon zest and lemon juice.


Here’s my photo!



Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes with Garlic, Oregano, and Lemon
Serves 4
These potatoes are amazing! I serve them with soup, fish, or chicken and sometimes along with broccoli for an easy and quick veggie dinner. Garlic powder is a great trick here because you don’t have to chop it, and it doesn’t burn at high heat, which makes these potatoes very low maintenance. When I am having guests over, I love quick-to-prepare side dishes that just go in the oven and come out perfect. These are great hot out of the oven or served cold the next day.
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  1. 3 pounds skin-on red bliss potatoes, scrubbed, dried, and cut into 11/2-inch chunks
  2. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  4. 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  5. 1½ teaspoons sea salt
  6. ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  8. ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. Divide the potatoes equally between the prepared baking sheets. Drizzle them with the olive oil and sprinkle them with the garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Give the potatoes a quick toss with impeccably clean hands to distribute the seasonings and coat with the oil, and spread them evenly into a single layer on each baking sheet. Be sure not to position them too close to one another, or they will steam rather than roast.
  3. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, stirring gently after 20 minutes, until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
  4. Sprinkle the lemon zest and lemon juice over the hot potatoes, mix gently, and serve.
  1. Yiayia’s Tip: Don’t overdo it with the oil or your potatoes will be greasy instead of crispy!
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Here are Debbie’s social media sites if you’d like to connect with her!  She will be tweeting throughout her cookbook tour! Use the hashtag #GreekSummer.






Would you like to win a copy of

It’s All Greek to Me?



The winner is #24 (Sue)! 2014-7-15 19 54 38




*To enter this giveaway, leave me a comment below about this cookbook.


*If you would like more chances to win, you can do any or all of the following.

1. Tweet about this giveaway (You can do this once a day).  After you tweet, come back and leave me a comment telling me that you tweeted.  Be sure to tell me your Twitter name so I can check that you did it.  You can copy and paste this on Twitter: 

Enter to win a copy of It’s All Greek to Me! @iamdebbiem @janedoiron #Spon #GreekSummer

2. Follow Debbie Matenopoulos on Twitter.  (Then come back and tell me that you did.)

3. Follow Debbie Matenopoulos on Facebook.  (Then come back and tell me that you did.)

4. Follow Jane Doiron on Twitter.  (Then come back and tell me that you did.)

5. Follow Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms on Facebook.  (Then come back and tell me that you did.)

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I will pick 1 winner on July 15th at 5 p.m. EST. Good luck!

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    I follow Make ahead meals on Facebook.
    Always love Mediterranean food! ♡
    Would be nice to cook it for my family with these wonderful family recipes.

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    Kelly Schaefer says

    Oh, I would so love to win this cookbook. I truly enjoy lighter eating and this would be perfect for me to add so much more to my meal planning….and eating!

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    Rusty H says

    This would be a great cookbook to own. Ever since my daughter went to Greece, I’ve wanted a cookbook like this.

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    Barb D. Gizo says

    I had Greek food for the very first time this year at a birthday party for my Greek friend! Yummo! OPA! Would love to try different Greek recipes.

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    Charlotte Moore says

    I would love to have this cookbook. I know nothing about Greek food. Those potatoes sure look yummy.

    I am a subscriber to your blog.
    Thanks for the chance to win. So glad you don’t have to be on Facebook to have a chance.

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    Reb Ranes says

    Would LOVE to have this cpok book. Hubby & I long loved Greek food. Recently introduced our children to it and now we are trying to cook it at home. Following Debbie & Make Ahead Meals for busy moms on Facebook.

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    I would love to win this cookbook for it sounds very interesting. I have tried several dishes of Greek food and have found it to be very tasty.

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    Kim Holsapple says

    My husband would love this cookbook. Greece is on his bucket list! This would be his little piece of heaven

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    Maureen says

    I would love to know how to cook some Greek meals.
    My brother married a girl from Greece and their two boys love Greek food. This way when they come to visit they would love to enjoy a home made Greek meal.

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    christine k says

    I’d love to add this cookbook to my collection! I love trying new foods, and hubby loves Greek food!

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    Lisa Stephenson says

    I’d love to win this cookbook! I love Debbie and watch her on Home and Family and follow her on Facebook!

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    Lindee says

    I follow Debbie on Facebook and watch all her episodes on Home and Family. Can’t wait to try the potato recipe featured here. I would love to win a book. Thanks

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    Carmen N says

    I love Greek food and have made a couple of dishes; unless I make it myself, we have to drive 1.5 hrs to the nearest Greek restaurant (needless to say we hardly ever go).


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