BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 in The Guardian, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Observer Food Magazine and Delicious
‘This spectacular book is filled with comforting, delicious recipes’ Jamie Oliver
Warm up your winter with sun-kissed recipes from the heart of the Mediterranean.
Greek Cypriot food is a melting pot of delicious flavours: simple Mediterranean salads; classic ingredients like feta, a squeeze of lemon and fresh oregano; cinnamon-infused stews; orange-blossom scented pastries.
TAVERNA, takes the best of traditional Cypriot cooking and makes it relevant to modern home cooks. From simple vegan fast-day dishes to feasts for the family, there is something delicious for every mood and moment.
These delicious recipes relive sun-kissed Mediterranean holidays and simple taverna-style meals.
‘Taverna… brings a touch of Cypriot sunshine into your kitchen’ Good Housekeeping
Georgina Hayden is a food writer and stylist from North London.
Growing up above her grandparents' Greek Cypriot taverna in Tufnell Park, she developed a love of cooking from the recipes passed down to her. As a teenager she ran a stall at a farmers' market and worked in restaurants, before studying Fine Art at university. Her passion for food landed her a job as a food writer and stylist on various food magazines, until she joined Jamie Oliver's food team where she worked for twelve years. She now writes, develops and styles for magazine, books, television and campaigns. She also writes an online family food blog: georginahayden.com.
Georgina's work is inspired by her family, her heritage and her love of travel. There is nothing she treasures more than cooking with her mum and her yiayia (grandmother). She documents her food adventures on her two instagram accounts @georgiepuddingnpie and @peaandthepod. Her first book, Stirring Slowly, was published in 2016, and Taverna is her second.
This spectacular book is filled with comforting, delicious recipes and wonderful writing. Authentic and heart-filled, this masterpiece of a cookbook gives an insight into one of the oldest and greatest cuisines on the planet.- - Jamie Oliver
This is a book I can completely relate to. Georgina's Cypriot heritage shines through so naturally in her stories & recipe choices... which are real, beautifully written & accessible to all. They take me personally right back to my grandparents' table. - - Tessa Kiros
There couldn’t be a better voice for Greek-Cypriot cuisine and culture than Georgina Hayden’s. It is a culinary masterpiece that beautifully evokes the country’s rich heritage - - Olia Hercules
Taverna brings a joyful, sun-splashed touch of the Mediterranean to your kitchen - - Culture Whisper
Taverna… beautifully evokes the writer’s Greek-Cypriot heritage and culture - - Food and Travel
Taverna… brings a touch of Cypriot sunshine into your kitchen - - Good Housekeeping
Taverna, is a masterpiece that brings together decades of watching, learning and documenting these recpies - Jessica Salter - Daily Telegraph
Taverna is a labour of love for Georgina… [who] is at once respectful of tradition, but also happy to embrace innovation - - Waitrose Weekend
Hayden adds a modern slant to recipes, as well as offering some of the classics… lovely - - Choice
This book is a must if you’re as obsessed with the flavours of the Mediterranean as I am - Laura Jackson - Marie Claire