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Cyprus Mail Review

“Androula’s Kitchen has to be a publication lovers of Cyprus will turn to to remind themselves of the beauty, charm and culinary creative diversity they experienced while here.
For those resident on the island it’s a book that should take pride of place on every coffee table as a reminder to journey on roads less travelled around the island and be injected again with a love of their home and appreciation of its culinary and cultural heritage. “

Cyprus Mail. June 2013

Excerpt from review in the Cyprus Weekly.


Cyprus weekly

“Inspired by a trip to the traditionally restored mountain lodge belonging to her cousin Androula in the village of Treis Elies the book is a combination of photographs, recipes and the beautifully narrated story of the re- discovery of her roots.”

From fellow blogger Artcalling 

“What a great mix of story, travel and cook book, reminiscences, photos, and art. A truly unique book with something for everyone, and taken as a whole, a very satisfying blend of visual, practical and imaginative ‘food’. I can’t wait to try the recipes, but for the moment I am reading every word of it.
It is just so well designed and colourful, everyone should order it for themselves and and extra one for a friend.

Androula’s Kitchen – Cyprus on a plate, contains a wonderful variety of  personal anecdotes and practical information about current and lost ways of life on Cyprus. Sonia also follows up her passion for the island’s traditional skills such as pottery, weaving and basket making, letting us see current examples of the crafts through beautiful photos accompanied by informative explanations. You really get a taste of daily life on the island, and we haven’t even got to the recipes yet.

The second half of the book is given over to ‘Food glorius food”.  What makes it unique is the personal element- nearly all of the traditional recipes were either made in Sonia’s cousin Androula’s kitchen, or given by relatives and friends in the village. Where the recipes are more general, various friend-cooks give handy tips and snippets of history and anecdote to accompany the bread, soup or pudding being made.

I love to read cookbooks, and this one is my favourite kind to have- you get all kinds of background stories that put the dish in a context and add so much more to its enjoyment.”


From Rosemary Moon Food writer and activist

“Androula’s Kitchen – where genealogy meets art over a delicious, lazy Mediterranean feast I’m a sucker for cardoons and artichokes. Very different, I know, but both over endowed with romance, which is how I now feel about Cyprus. I knew nothing of the island before picking up Sonia Demetriou’s cardoon bedecked book, except that my friends who have been, or lived there, love it…….

Demetriou, a UK-based artist in many genres, takes us on a deeply personal exploration of her journey to discover her family roots. The cultural influences that have affected her disposition, her skills and her zest for life are exposed.

 Anyone who loves food, who cooks and who appreciates the art in everyday objects will yearn to be in Androula’s home and kitchen. The traditional tools for a rural life are displayed all around and their artisan beauty and practicality send Demetriou on a quest to discover the traditional and modern art and crafts of the island. “


5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! A must buy for anyone interested in Cyprus and Cypriot culture, 14 Feb 2013
This review is from: Androula’s Kitchen – Cyprus on a Plate (Paperback)

A beautiful book, lovely images and great recipes! Having family from Cyprus I can say this book shows the country in a beautiful and honest light, and gives a true insight into Cyprus and Cypriot culture.

The book arrived quickly, in fact sooner than expected!

Thank you, Sonia!

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 12 Sep 2013
This review is from: Androula’s Kitchen – Cyprus on a Plate (Paperback)

If you have never been to Cyprus, ‘Androula’s Kitchen’ will have you yearning to visit this magnificent island. The photographs, recipes and story leading up to this book are truly amazing. The recipes are very easy to follow and the magnificent photos throughout the book are a great conversation piece.
You will not be disappointed with this book.

Just what I was looking for!, 9 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Androula’s Kitchen – Cyprus on a Plate (Paperback)

Born on Cyprus, but never actually lived here until now, so I was looking for a book with recipes and information about Cyprus. Like Sonia I have a thing about baskets, pottery and lace, so the Arts & Crafts pages really did it for me. I am really pleased with the book and would recommend it. (I haven’t put it away yet!)

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