History Of Kouzounas Kitchen

” A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe. “

Thomas Keller

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Meet The Name Behind Kouzounas Kitchen.

Welcome to my world of Greek traditional & modern recipes.  Get ready to dance and drink some ouzo while enjoying our recipes.

Chef Krystina 

My love for food started at a very young age. Both my parents are wonderful cooks, and we have many cooks on my dad’s side of the family in Greece. Growing up in a crazy Greek family, who appreciates food was a good start towards my love for cooking. At the age of seven I was officially making my own Greek recipes including spanakopita, keftedes, baklava, and much more.

In 2008 I acknowledged the passion I had for the culinary arts and enrolled into the pastry chef program at Le Cordon Bleu in Sacramento, California, and in 2009 graduated with my pastry degree.

Kouzounas Kitchen is dedicated to my yiayia Stavroula Kouzouna Kalapothakou. Yiayia was from Mani, Greece who was a fantastic home cook. I learned many of her traditional Greek recipes and now I share them through my blog. (I hope yiayia is looking down upon me smiling as I share many of her delicious recipes with my very own twist.)

I fulfilled a long awaited dream of mine recently. Back To My Roots cookbook was published on February 28, 2016. Back To My Roots is not only packed full with mouth-watering recipes, but I also share my personal story, kitchen tips and tricks, bits and pieces of the history of olive oil and its benefits, and much, much more!

Check out our first cookbook below!! (Available in print and eBook.)

Amazon Back To My Roots

Barnes & Noble Back To My Roots


Currently I am working on my second book, which will focus on the benefits of olive oil, many unique recipes ranging from vegetarian, to vegan, and so much more! Stay tuned in for more details.

[Side Note]

The name Kouzounas originated from my sweet Yiayia, Stavroula Kouzouna Kalapothakou from Mani, Greece who was a fantastic home chef. I learned many of her traditional Greek recipes, and now I can share these recipes with you. Don’t get confused with the Greek word “kouzina” which means kitchen.

~Kali Orexi~



* Featured above is my family. To the very left is my yiayia who I dedicate this blog to. Thank you to my wonderful family for inspiring me to make Kouzounas Kitchen happen.



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  2. Yes as a chef from around the world my main goal is to have my own Little Taverna, as us Greeks would call it. 🙂 I am soon to be having my own cooking classes & catering in the Sacramento area. I loved your blog! Thx for the lovely comment. Hello from Sacramento!!!


    • It was a pleasure meeting you today at the Land Park Farmer’s Market, a great way to spend Sunday morning. Your pastries, your story and website are all spectacular. Looking forward to seeing you again and sharing our love of all things ellinika!
      Martha Potiriades

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      • Geia Sou Martha,
        I actually just spoke to my mom about you. I mentioned that you went to McClatchy and she even looked at her year book for you but didn’t see your name. I think my mom was a few years above you. It was my pleasure to meet you and very happy to see Greek people at the Land Park Market. I hope you enjoyed your goodies. 🙂 Thank you for this wonderful comment and hope to see you at the next Sunday market. Filakia,
        Krystina 🙂


  3. Hi!

    My name is Angeliki, from South Africa, got unto your blog by pure luck. Have browsed through it, and I am impressed, will certainly keep following. Regards


  4. Hello, I found your blog via a “like” you posted on one of my recent posts. I am so new to this so you can imagine what great encouragement this gives me. Thank you. I love Greek food and will most definitely enjoy following your blog!

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  5. Hi Kouzounas Kitchen Team,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Kouzounas Kitchen has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 40 Greek Food Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 40 Greek Food Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


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  6. Hi, I happened to meet Chef Krystina a few weeks ago, and since then I have tried her
    Bakalava, which I have to say is amazing. I being half greek myself, and spending many summers
    there, sampling many of there sweet treats, have to say that she makes the best Baklava I have
    ever tasted. I had to put my order in for Christmas, so I can share with my friends thats if my
    family doesn’t eat them all first. My son loves them.
    Thank you so much Krystina for the delicious Baklava.

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