The minds that brought us The Silver Spoon are back.  This time they’ve turned to Vefa Alexaidou for a fascinating look inside Greek cuisine. Vefa’s Kitchen (Phaidon, $45) contains simple, but perfect, recipes so that you can learn to make all of your Mediterranean favorites. Vefa’s cookbook is peppered with beautiful glossy photos so inviting that you’ll feel like you’re taking a seat at her table. The history of Greek cooking is marvelously recounted.  Both familiar and foreign, these stories could just as easily come from your own grandmother.  Vefa’s Kitchen will quickly become a mainstay in your own kitchen.

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ISBN: 9780714849294
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Phaidon Press - May 30th, 2009

Historians have traditionally formed a guarded view of Hadrian, acknowledged as one of Rome’s “good” emperors—he of caustic personality and obsession with Greece. The Victorians cast a disapproving eye on his passionate love life, and his legions devastated Judea. In Hadrian And The Triumph Of Rome (Random House, $30), Anthony Everitt, author of Cicero and Augustus, sets about restoring Hadrian’s status as one of the ancient world’s most significant figures. Rising from provincial origins, he became a prolific builder, and made the historychanging decision to limit the empire to natural frontiers.

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ISBN: 9780812978148
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 14th, 2010

Ancient history readers are in for a joyful season this year with the release of Robert Strassler’s latest installment of sublimely accessible primary source work by Greece’s greatest historians. The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika (Pantheon, $40) takes up the story left off by Landmark’s Thucydides, as an exhausted Sparta is poised to finally defeat her archrival, Athens, after 27 years of war. Landmark’s Xenophon, packed to the gills with maps, essays, and helpful annotations, is the ideal guide through this fast-moving, labyrinthine world of backstabbing Greek states.

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By Robert B. Strassler (Editor)
ISBN: 9781400034765
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Published: Anchor - December 7th, 2010