The Mediterranean Cook

A year of seasonal eating
By Meni Valle


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About The Mediterranean Cook

A celebration of seasonal produce, the Mediterranean way.

Warm and generous, Meni’s recipes are a celebration of seasonality sprinkled with a bit of nostalgia for a simple, Mediterranean way of life.

– Emiko Davies

Meni invites us into her kitchen to share in her knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine as well as wonderful dishes such as pickled peppers stuffed with cabbage, bouyourdi, home-made filo pastry, and chocolate and fig tart. The recipes celebrate lovely, seasonal, abundant Mediterranean food for sharing, along with beautiful photography.

– Tessa Kiros

Escape to the Mediterranean with Meni Valle’s celebration of the fresh and flavour-packed cuisine of the region, with more than 75 vegetarian recipes. From roasted eggplants and tangy artichokes to perfectly flaky pastry boats and juicy grilled plums and figs, each dish is an invitation to savour the sensational flavours of the countries that border the Mediterranean.

Following slow food values, Valle’s recipes are simple and seasonal, showcasing how to get the best out of fresh, local produce, all year round. Featuring beautiful photographs of each recipe, as well as step-by-step images to guide the reader through more intricate preparations, The Mediterranean Cook is a heartfelt and beautifully captured homage to a cuisine rich in flavour and history.

Fans of Alison Roman, Diana Henry and Elizabeth David will adore this warm,  salty-aired celebration of Mediterranean produce.

Book details

Publication date
February 2024 (Australia/NZ)
April 2024 (US)
April 2024 (UK)
Stephanie Stamatis

About the author

Meni Valle is a Greek–Australian cookbook author and food teacher. Her rich Greek heritage, coupled with her love for travel and food, has seen Meni become one of Australia’s most-respected authorities on Mediterranean cuisine. When she is not writing cookbooks, Meni shares her knowledge and passion for Greek food through cooking classes and culinary tours to Greece, where she loves connecting with locals and discovering new recipes. She also regularly presents at festivals and conferences and contributes to magazines.

The Mediterranean Cook is Meni’s sixth cookbook, following My Greek Kitchen (2011), My Mediterranean Kitchen (2012), Everyday Mediterranean (2015), Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking (2019) and Ikaria (2020).