Christopher Bakken, author of Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table

Event date: 
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 2:00pm

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome former Madisonian Christopher Bakken back to read from his recent foodie memoir about Greek cooking and culture!

Christopher Bakken is the author of two books of poetry, Goat Funeral and After Greece, and a culinary memoir, Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table. He is also co-translator of The Lions' Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikos. He teaches at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

Combining the best of memoir, travel literature, and food writing, Christopher Bakken delves into one of the most underappreciated cuisines in Europe in this rollicking celebration of the Greek table. He explores the traditions and history behind eight elements of Greek cuisine--olives, bread, fish, cheese, beans, wine, meat, and honey--and journeys through the country searching for the best examples of each. He picks olives on Thasos, bakes bread on Crete, eats thyme honey from Kythira with one of Greece's greatest poets, and learns why Naxos is the best place for cheese in the Cyclades. Working with local cooks and artisans, he offers an intimate look at traditional village life, while honoring the conversations, friendships, and leisurely ceremonies of dining around which Hellenic culture has revolved for thousands of years. A hymn to slow food and to seasonal and sustainable cuisine, Honey, Olives, Octopus is a lyrical celebration of Greece, where such concepts have always been a simple part of living and eating well.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
53703-2218 Madison
Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table Cover Image
By Christopher Bakken, Mollie Katzen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780520275096
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Published: University of California Press - March 26th, 2013