‘Yiayia Next Door’ is a book about the power of food in bringing people together. It features 60 classic Greek recipes and one incredible true story of kindness and community.
When Daniel and Luke Mancuso lost their beloved mother Teresa to domestic violence, the Greek grandmother next door stepped in and started looking after them, passing home-cooked meals over the fence. This simple act of kindness helped Daniel and Luke navigate the fog of grief that followed, and captured the hearts of Australia when they began to share the meals and their special relationship with ‘Yiayia’ on social media.
Now we can all enjoy Yiayia’s home cooking, with this collection of traditional recipes from her kitchen and all those of yiayias around Australia.
Yiayia’s food is pure comfort: pastries such as spanakopita and tiropita; warming soups made with chickpeas, lentils and beans; hearty pasta and rice dishes such as moussaka and yemista; the unmistakable flavors of barbecued lamb and keftedes; and delicious desserts such as baklava and custard-filled galaktoboureko.
This is a book about the power of food to bring people together. It’s about love forged in tragedy, the importance of connection and how simple gestures, such as giving someone a home-cooked meal, can transform lives and restore hope.
‘Yiayia Next Door’ by Daniel and Luke Paulino is published through Pan Macmillan Australia, RRP $36.99 and available in good book stores.
Courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia, Cream has 5 copies of Yiayia Next Door to give away. To try winning a copy, simply email your name, address and the Subject heading ‘Yiayia’ to firstname.lastname@example.org. Competition entries in by 5pm AWST, Tuesday 10th May, 2022 please. Good luck!