Cookbook collecting, #1

May 12, 2007

In my Cake and cookbooks post last week, I mentioned I’d be collecting church cookbooks this summer. Looks like I found my first collectible — Durham News religion reporter Flo Johnston includes this in her column today:

Don’t go Dutch, go Greek with cookbook

If the memory of Greek pastries is still resonating with your taste buds after the Greek Festival — held last weekend in Chapel Hill but sponsored by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Durham — you might be interested in acquiring a copy of the church cookbook.

“The Grecian Plate” is now in its 10th printing. This award-winner was published in 1984 and demand has been strong throughout the years, said Erie Cocolas of Chapel Hill, who claims to have typed the entire manuscript.

“It just keeps selling and we have heard that people think it is one of the best Greek cookbooks on the market,” she said.

The editors of the book were Helen Paliouras of Chapel Hill, Joan Marinos of Durham and the late Lena Mousmoules of Chapel Hill.

Copies are available by sending a check for $21, including tax and shipping, made out to The Grecian Plate to Erie Cocolas, 1298 Wildwood Drive, Chapel Hill, 27517. The book sells for $16.95.

All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go to the building fund of the church, which has a new church under construction on N.C. 751.

Anton Zuiker

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