Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Greek Expectations by Ekaterina Botziou

Growing up in a big, not-so-fat, semi-Greek household, Ekaterina Botziou spent much of her childhood defying her father's wishes for her to learn to play the bouzouki, and refusing third helpings of moussaka. Determined never to be the stereotypical Greek woman stuck in the kitchen, she chose to while away long summer days in Greece playing "What's the time Mr Wolf?" with her 101 Greek cousins, rather than be stuck inside learning to cook with Yiayia. Unfortunately Zeus had other ideas, and in a twist of fate some years later, Ekaterina found herself married to a Greek-Cypriot and battling against the stale old laws of Greek tradition.

Part memoir, part rant, part survival guide, this book is a God-send for all those tormented by guilt-inducing mother-in-laws, pandofla-wielding grandfathers, and oppressively hairy husbands.


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Described as part memoir, part rant and part survival guide.
I was intrigued to read Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing.

Now I will clarify, I'm not in a relationship with a Greek man or any man for that fact *locks bitter singleton in cupboard*
So please don't think that this book is only for people in a relationship.
For it will make you cry with laughter.

Ekaterina writes with a wonderful style that makes you feel as though you are talking to her over a glass of ouzo.
You are soon picturing the red ape and hiding behind mountains of food, whilst learning about not just Greek men and their faith but also the closeness of families.

I loved the memories that are shared with us and there are delicious sounding recipes too.
It really is a truly wonderful witty read.
I've already been recommending this to friends and I'm highly recommending it to you all too.

With or without a Greek man in your life, you should read this book!

5/5

I would like to thank Ekaterina for sending me a copy to review.

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