Having the utmost respect for science, we should admit that a country could be seen best through its cuisine rather than through its history, economy, geography, religion, etc. For cooking & dining could happen on a spiritual level. It’s just a matter of opening your mind and palate to new flavours. Preparing meal for someone – whether it’s as plain as a Greek salad or as time-consuming as baklava or moussaka – is actually “saying everything by saying nothing”.
Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean one. It makes wide use of all kinds of seafood, wine, vegetables, olive oil, grains, cheese, lemon juice, herbs & pasta. But no other meat is excluded. The most popular Greek fast food — souvlaki – is made of poultry, lamb, beef, pork. It consists of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. It’s eaten hot, usually with a pita bread, fried potatoes and sauces.
Remember that any good recipe was based on a dare. So, don’t be hard on yourself and take a “cooking class” now!
What follows is a poor, yet vivid, attempt to give you the idea of the Greek contribution to the world cuisine.