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ABOUT MARIA ELIA

Maria Elia’s love of cooking developed as a child growing up in the kitchen of her Greek Cypriot father’s restaurant in Richmond. After a rigorous apprenticeship, Maria began her progression through the culinary world. She worked in Italy, America and Australia, spent time cooking at El Bulli and Arzak restaurants in Spain and at The Oriental Cooking School in Bangkok. The regional flavors of these far-flung places feature in Maria’s own recipes with considerable originality, earning her many fans during her tenures as head chef at Delfina and the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, where she garnered 2 AA rosettes and a Michelin recommendation.

During her time as the executive chef at Joe’s in South Kensington, Maria continued to astound with her imaginative and flavorsome dishes. Not surprisingly, she was voted one of the Top 10 Female Chefs to watch by the Independent. Maria has appeared regularly on television programs, including BBC Saturday Kitchen, Market Kitchen and Perfect, and contributes to various publications such as, BBC Good Food Magazine, Olive, Waitrose, Delicious and The Guardian. Alongside The Modern Vegetarian, she is the author of the award-winning cookbook Full of Flavor, also published by Kyle Books. Chef Maria Elia will bring her trademark approach to traditional Greek dishes to America at the new Jimmy’s Restaurant at The Landing Resort & Spa, opening in Lake Tahoe in December 2013.

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World-renowned chef Maria Elia applies a modern approach to traditional Greek cuisine in her new book “Smashing Plates: Greek Flavors Redefined.” Perfect for people who love the fresh flavors of Greek and Mediterranean foods, and are open to a little adventure in the kitchen, this cookbook will not disappoint.

With over 120 recipes, each dish is packed with rich flavors, colors and textures, all inspired by Maria’s Cypriot roots and a summer spent cooking at her father’s taverna in the Troodos Mountains. Recipes include Oregano Marinated Lamb with Feta Curd, Dried Fig Leaf and Feta Pasta, and Rabbit, White Bean Baklava. Her inventive style will re-ignite your love of Greek cooking.

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Smashing Plates by Maria Elia © 2014 Kyle Books, and the photographs © Jenny Zarins

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