Oh I am soo very happy to share this news! As most of you have seen on Kouzounas Kitchen…. I came out with my first COOKBOOK!!! Yes, this is true and I managed to get it done in about two half months time. 🙂 I wanted to wait until my book was published on Amazon to chat about my first book, but I said what the heck why not write about it now. I couldn’t wait any longer, really.
Back To My Roots Cookbook.
How did I start?
Most of you know that Kouzounas Kitchen derived from my yiayia Stavroula Kouzounas Kalapothakos. She has always been my inspiration to cook, and share recipes with the world. I wanted to share my yiayia’s recipes in a book, and after a few months of research and finding the right recipes, I decided to plunge into the author world. I did just that, and after two half months of long nights of writing and trying to photograph the right pictures, it was time to publish my very first cookbook.
What is the book about?
Explore traditional recipes from the villages of Greece. Some of the recipes I include are: Baklava, kourambiedes, keftedes, spanakorizo, spanakopita, and much more!!
I must say, I did self publish but I had lots of help on my side. Thank you to my wonderful friends for dealing with the editing/ photography/ recipes/ and more. (Athina, Gina, Pany, Eleni,Christine, Ekaterina, Cheryl, Diana, Stephen, Effie, Yvonne, Nestor, Kalapothakos Family, and many more.) I ended up selling over 80 pre order books, and a huge thank you to you all!!
Most of the books were sold in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Greece, UK, and other places. I decided to make a fun collage of some of my fellow food bloggers and friends who managed to snap a selfie with the book.
Thank you to the following food blogs for HUGE support. KickingBackThePebbles, CyTasty, FoodieWineLover, LD Juarez, The Olive Table, Cheffies Kitchen, The Greek Wives Club, KritsaYvonne , Maltese Olive Oil, and many more!!
You can find some of these photos on social media under #BackToMyRoots.
To say Thank you to my fans for following us, I wanted to do a fun book giveaway!
Back To My Roots Cookbook Giveaway
- Like our official FB page >> Kouzounas Kitchen FB Page
- Follow Us On Instagram>> Kouzounas Kitchen Instagram Page
- Subscribe to our blog via email.
We will be tracking our pages, and please make sure you follow all the rules. Winner will be picked on January 17 at 7 pm PST. Good Luck!!
Reblog amended-refer to your site for winner announcement-Koukla Mou! Cheryl
Yay thank you! I will be making the announcement at 7 pm PST.
It is amended already to view your site for winner announcement!
Oh well that is good. I had to change the time as people liked my page and entered right at 6 pm.
I amended winner announcement 7:00 pm PST
Thank you!! I think you will be happy to see that we picked two winners. One for a book and the other for a seasoning. 🙂
Koukla Mou Efharisto!!! See you soon with a special Tea & Spice giveaway in March. Give it some thought and I will email you with some ideas?! Cheryl xo
Sounds great! I agree lets do it. 🙂 I am looking forward to it.
Yay me too, me too-Koukla!
Does Lynz know?? 🙂
I dropped her a note on her blog to check my site or yours!
Yay, I appreciate that!
Did you see who the winners are?
Yay! I was shocked actually that the two people my bf chose were huge fans of KK. 🙂
See you just never know!!!
I agree!! 🙂
Hi there! I hope I did everything to enter. I thought I was already following you on all social media! So I went back and did so on instagram. I can’t see where to follow by email so I hope I am now entered! I would love love love this cookbook! Thanks dear!!
Thank you sweets! I am really happy you entered. Today is the last day to do that, so I can’t wait to see who wins.
You’re very welcome!
🙂 🙂 The winner will be announced at 7 pm PST.
Check my FB page 🙂
Ha! Kala efharisto…if I quit typing so fast and think first…Shame on me yiayia would not be happy! LOL
Lol it’s okay ha!!! I’m sure yiayia is proud of you. 🙂
Funny! After you get the book on Amazon lets talk about a spring basket of teas and spices or something?
I would enjoy that! The spices and teas have been doing really good lately in some stores, and I am trying to figure out a online store front for my products. 🙂 Thank you for thinking of my products.
I never forget our previous emails, etc Koukla!
Yay! I’m happy to hear that. Do you want me to send you some samples of the top sellers? Also I’m working on my new Spice and tea online store. I can send you the link!
Email the link to me and lets look and figure out a nice giveaway for spring!
Yay it’s up and running but I still have to add photos and some info.
Kouzounas Kitchen Online Store
Koukla Mou-how is it going? Cheryl
Ola kala! Esy tikaneis? I am just working hard on getting my book out on Amazon.
Kala exfaristo- I reblogged to remind 2 days left to enter your cookbook giveaway Koukla mou!
I really appreciate that and the support! I will have to go check out your blogs soon. Working hard on my book now. Amazon, Amazon here we come. ❤️❤️
Yay! Koukla keep on…
Thank you, I am sure trying!
That’s wonderful! Congratulations! 🙂
Thank you very much Linda. 🙂
How wonderful, congratulations on your book, I hope it’s a big success!
Aren’t “Yia yia’s” recipes just the best? It’s great that you are keeping Greek traditions alive.
By the Way…your name; Kalapothakos, you have Mani roots! As does my husband(Athanasakos)
Thank you Susan for the wishes! Yes my yiayia really added a special touch to her cooking. I just miss her, and I hope she can see that her name is still being carried on. Yes you caught the Maniatissa name eh? Lol! “Akos” is most likely coming from Mani.My yiayi and papou are both from Mani. (Kotronas kai Parasyros.) I would love to hear more about your husbands family.
I followed with WordPress I hope that counts!!
Yes are entered into the giveaway. Thank you very much!
Congratulations on your new cookbook! I have entered the giveaway! Thank you Cheryl for leading us to Kouzounas Kitchen!
Thank you my friend!! 😁😁
Thank you sweets!! I finally did it, and now working on getting into Amazon.
That is wonderful!
Thank you my friend!!
Have a beautiful weekend!
Thank you!! 🙂
Reblogged this on Kritsa, at the heart of it all and commented:
Happy to reblog this and I hope one of my readers win! X
Thank you koukla! Me too!! ❤️❤️
Reblogged this on Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser and commented:
Most of you will remember one month ago, I did a giveaway of Krystina’s cookbook! I wanted you to have another opportunity to enter her giveaway! Visit and enter-it is a beautiful cookbook! Cheryl “Cheffie Cooks” Wiser.
Yay thank you very much Cheryl!!! 👍🏻👍🏻
I am amending We Graze Together to note your cookbook giveaway!
Thank you, I much appreciate that!
Woo-Hoo keep it going Krystina!
Thank you Cheryl! 😁
Your welcome I just re-blogged for you Koukla! xo Cheryl
Awww thank you!!! I appreciate that.
Congratulations! Or, I should say, Συγχαρητήρια!
Exharisto para poly! You’re awesome. Καλή Χρόνια!!