Greektown Chicago Its History - Its Recipes
by Alexa Ganakos
This book tells the fascinating story of the Greeks in Chicago from their early immigration and settlement around Hull House to their relocation throughout the Chicago area. With remarkable photographs and informative text, this 200-page hardbound volume covers more than a century or rich history. The book also features popular recipes from four of Greektown's nationally acclaimed restaurants: Costa's, Greek Islands, Parthenon, and Pegasus. Additionally, 24 Chicagoland residents have contribued their favorite traditional Greek family recipes. Simply put, this book seeks to bring you the best of Greektown Chicago; its history, its food, its people, and its heart.
"Lets meet in Greektown"
This often-used phrase is warmly said by Chicagoans to family and friends when suggesting where to share a meal together. Considering the many big-city restaurant choices, Greektown, amazingly, with its familiar surroundings, keeps drawing generations of locals who maintain a strong connection to the area.
In Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes, not only do we feature the heritage of the close-knit neighborhood, formerly known as "The Delta," we also celebrate the life stories of Greek Americans throughout Chicagoland.
In this community, which gave the world gyros and saganaki, we turn a spotlight on four of Greektown's award-winning restaurants, legendary for classic Greek dishes of impeccable quality. They include: Costa's, Greek Islands, Parthenon, and Pegasus.
As an added bonus, Greek residents of Chicago have opened up their kitchens to share their time-tested, traditional recipes which are reminiscent of families gathering around Yiayia's dining table to share their lives and Sunday dinners.
Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes is a wonderful blend; a book like no other. Much like a recipe which offers delightful combinations to entice the senses, this book weaves a tapestry of culinary delights, snapshots portraying the daily lives and aspirations of Greektown immigrants, and reflections of an enduring community with a rich cultural history that still thrives today. Simply stated, this book seeks to bring you the best of the Greek community; its history, its food, its people, and its heart.