April 21 2013-
CBC FRESH AIR RADIO INTERVIEW
Host Karen Gordon interviews us about our new cookbook, Three Sisters Back to the Beginning.
Listen to Interview here.
July 25 2012-
CONVEX AND ASTRO PRESENT THE 3 GREEK SISTERS ON "THE ASTRO GREEK STAGE"
CBC Fresh Air
CONVEX invites you to join them at this year's Greektown Taste of the Danforth
to help kick off its 18th Year! August 10-12, 2012, hope to see you there!
Greektown Taste of the Danforth sponsored by Pilaros is one of Toronto's signature events, showcasing the best Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer - from culture that makes the Danforth a year round destination.
For more information.
July 02 2012-
GREEK FESTIVAL BRINGS AUTHORS
The Hunterdon County Greek community celebrated its heritage with food, dancing and fun Friday as St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church hosted its annual Big, Fat Greek Festival.
March 18 2012-
Οι Αδελφες που εκαναν bestseller τη σπανακοπιτα και τον μουσακα!
Lehigh Valley News
(The 3 Sisters that made Spanakopita and Moussaka a Bestseller!)
March 01 2012-
YOUR SEAT AT THE GREEK TABLE
Dimokratia News Greece
Where does a recipe come from? At first blush, it seems like a simple question to answer. You have a basic idea of what you would like to make. You add some things to it and take some things away. You experiment with cooking times and techniques and before you know it, Voila! A dish is born.
October 26 2011-
COOK AND DATE
The Cookbook Man
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PREMIER EVENT: Best-selling Cookbook Authors “3 Greek Sisters” to start a string of “Celebrity chef nights” at COOKANDDATE TORONTO! Cook-book Authors “3 Greek Sisters” to teach singles how to cook through one of Canada's most creative culinary events: CookandDate! Read more
October 20 2011-
A TASTE OF GREECE
Cook and Date
Three Toronto sisters tell Nicole Carrington of their vow to share the flavours of their native cuisine with the world. Read more
August 31 2011-
EATING, LAUGHING, LOVING, GOING GREEK
The phrase "Greek food" is practically synonymous with hospitality. As the vivacious Bakopoulos sisters, authors of the multiple award-winning cookbook Three Sisters Around the Greek Table, proclaim, "entertaining, Greek-style, should make your guests feel truly welcome and show them how delighted you are to cook for them..."
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August 08 2011-
GREEK GATEWAY INTERVIEW
Ottawa At Home Magazine
Toronto's exclusive source to everything Greek interviewed the Three Greek Sisters. "Everyone needs good recipes. Whether you are preparing a feast for your family and friends or feel like cooking a delicious snack for yourself, it always helps to have a cookbook to consult to ensure nothing less than deliciousness.
One of the most newest and smartest cookbooks taking the foodie world by storm is “Three Sisters Around The Greek Table” by Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos. The three sisters grew up and lived in the Danforth area of Toronto where they enjoyed an authentically Greek life, filled with the language, laughter and light of a Greek family living in Canada"...
June 30 2011-
THREE SISTERS IN THE KITCHEN
In an interview with Athens News, the Greek Canadian cooking trio talk about their dream of promoting the variety of Greek cuisine and the benefits of the Mediterranean diet to Canadians. Read more
June 03 2011-
NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL WINNER!
This annual festival celebrates books that deserve greater recognition from the world’s publishing capital. Our cookbook is the festival winner in the cookbook category.
Read full list of 2011 festival winners
May 28 2011-
THREE SISTERS COOKBOOK SHARES GREEK RECIPES
Sometimes something as simple as a missing object can change the course of your life. That's what happened when Samantha Bakopoulos discovered a book missing from her kitchen shelf.
May 27 2011-
BREAKFAST TELEVISION HALIFAX
Times & Transcript
We teach host Heidi Petracek how to drink Ouzo properly and how to prepare our quick appetizer: Shrimp & Ouzo with Chilies.
Watch video clip
-Host Heidi Petracek
May 21 2011-
OPA! GREEK FLAVOUR COMES TO NEW BRUNSWICK
Breakfast Television Halifax
What started out as a way to preserve their family recipes has turned into something bigger for sisters Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos. The Ontario siblings tour New Brunswick this month with their cookbook, Three Sisters Around The Greek Table.
Read full article
May 20 2011-
IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME RESTAURANT CHARITY EVENT
Feed Nova Scotia, It's All Greek to Me Restaurant and The 3 Greek Sisters teaming up to raise money. Read more
April 25 2011-
ARTICHOKES AND ASPARAGUS ON CITYLINE
Artichokes and asparagus are in season and that's what we are discussing with Tracy Moore. In this episode we teach you how to peel back an artichoke and then prepare our delicious Artichoke and Potato with Dill recipe. We then prepare a simple bread salad with grilled asparagus and tomatoes.
Watch Bread Salad recipe video clip
-Host Tracy Moore
April 20 2011-
CELEBRATING EASTER DESSERTS WITH DINA
On this BT Bite Eleni showcases Easter bread (Tsourekia), Chocolate Walnut Cake (Karidopita) and Honey Doughnuts (Loukoumades). Samantha whips up a Greek-yogurt parfait with Dina and Betty shows Dina how to braid our classic cookies (Coulouria). We also play our traditional egg-cracking game - tune in to see who wins!
Watch video clip
-Host Dina Pugliese
March 21 2011-
VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN RECIPES ON CITYLINE
Breakfast Television Toronto
On this episode of Cityine, we prepare Chickpea Burgers, Baked Elephant Beans and Lentil Soup.
Watch full episode
-Host Tracy Moore
March 08 2011-
OPA! GREEK CULTURE MAGAZINE AUSTRALIA
We are featured in this month's OPA! Magazine Australia.
Check out magazine preview here
December 20 2010-
READ'EM AND EAT
The Big Glossy Holiday Roundup of Delicious Food Books - we made the cut! Read more
December 18 2010-
LUCY WAVERMAN'S FAVOURITE COOKBOOKS OF 2010
Here are the best of the best: my favourite books and several more deserving honourable mention.
December 15 2010-
CONVIVIAL TIMES AROUND THE GREEK TABLE
Globe and Mail
The Greek embassy certainly made an impressive show of Mediterranean cuisine Friday at a special lunch with ambassador Eleftherios Anghelopoulos and 60 food retailers, distributors and journalists. Special guests were Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos, authors of the popular 2009 cookbook Three Sisters Around the Greek Table.
November 26 2010-
HOLIDAY SPECIAL WITH CHCH NEWS ANCHOR BOB COWAN - ENTERTAINING WITH PHYLLO PASTRY!
Watch video clip
-News Anchor Bob Cowan
November 23 2010-
HOLIDAY SPECIAL ON CITYLINE - BAKLAVA CIGARS!
CHCH Morning LIve Hamilton
Watch video clip
-Host Tracy Moore
October 04 2010-
OI TREIS ADELFES STRONOUN ELLHNIKO TRAPEZI SE OLO TON KOSMO
Greece's hottest newspaper writes about our cookbook. Go to page 10 to read all about it in Greek.
Read Greek article.
September 29 2010-
COOKING TOMATO FENNEL SOUP ON CANADA AM WITH BEVERLY THOMSON
Watch video clip
-Host Beverly Thomson
September 23 2010-
A GREEK SISTER ACT: COOKBOOK PRESERVES MOTHER'S INTUITIVE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY DISHES
Growing up in Toronto's Danforth neighbourhood, Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos cherished dinners with their parents -- even if the meal was always served as soon as they returned home from school. Because their parents, who came to Canada from Greece in the late 1960s, both worked night shifts at the maintenance company they owned, dinner was promptly served at 3:45 p.m.
"We never realized it was early," says Samantha. The evening meal was a precious hour each day when parents and daughters could connect. "You could not miss dinner," Samantha says. "You have time to breathe together, eat together, know each other," says Eleni.
Decades later, the sisters went their separate ways, moved to three different cities. Samantha, 30, is a teacher in Ottawa. Eleni, 37, is an artist and photographer in Kingston. Betty, 39, is a former teacher in Guelph. However, in 2009, they reunited because food and family had once again become synonymous. Through 2009, they regularly met on weekends to cook up a storm and re-create many dishes that their mother made. One hundred and five recipes later, they had their new cookbook, Three Sisters Around the Greek Table.
August 06 2010-
THREE GREEK SISTERS: TOP 5 GREEK FOODS
The “Three Greek Sisters” — Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos — authored a cookbook, Three Sisters Around The Greek Table. The book won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award. The sisters, now scattered throughout Ontario, grew up in Toronto’s Danforth area where the Pilaros Taste of the Danforth food and entertainment festival descends this weekend, starting Friday.
Who better to ask about Greek food and top tastes than these three? We’ve sampled their baklava, freshly-baked and honey-sweet, and included a recipe for another of their favourite noshes, too.
June 21 2010-
ANNA & KRISTINA'S GROCERY BAG
Anna & Kristina from the W Network are reviewing our cookbook for their upcoming season.
Cast your vote here for the episode you're looking forward to the most. Or,
Send your positive reviews here.
June 11 2010-
Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag
Watch our video clip about grilling and and drinks Greek style.
Watch video clip here
May 10 2010-
Margaret Wallis-Duffy from Real Life came to our home to enjoy traditional Greek fare.
Breakfast Television Toronto
March 06 2010-
GLORIOUS GREEK FOOD
I wouldn't have minded sitting around the Bakopoulos table when their three daughters were growing up.
Maybe there would have been some ouzo, which is the drink I turn to when I'm cooking or when I need a little pick-me-up.
Mostly though, there would have been the glorious food that those daughters celebrate in their cookbook Three Sisters Around the Greek Table. The three sisters are Betty, Eleni and Samantha. Eleni is a Kingstonian. Their cookbook is an eloquent reminder that there is more to Greek cooking than souvlaki and baklava, and with gorgeous pictures by Eleni, it will have you salivating before you even cook from it.
The sisters not only wrote, tested and photographed the book, they've also done a pretty good job marketing it."We just followed this book on how to market your book," says Eleni. It led them to several national TV appearances, most notably theSteven and Chrisshow on CBC. And they had success entering the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, which are held in Paris. In that competition, they first won in the foreign category for Canada. That qualified them to go to Paris recently for the worlds, at which Three Sisters was named one of the top four books in the foreign category...
March 03 2010-
THREE SISTERS AROUND THE GREEK TABLE: SHARING RECIPES AND RISK
The Kingston Whig Standard
Three sisters are laughing around a table in a pastry shop on the Danforth, sharing memories of growing up in Greektown, finishing each other's stories, and dishing about the risky business of publishing a cookbook.
"With three, it divides up the risk," Eleni Bakopoulos points out cheerfully. Sisters Betty and Samantha agree.
When the Greek coffees are done, they play at reading the grinds (akin to reading tea leaves). So far, their fortunes look good. Three Sisters Around the Greek Table (www.3greeksisters.com) was launched last November and is already in its second print run. The book is self-published, but doesn't look it. In Paris, the trio recently won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award.
The fates had scattered the sisters across the province, but their timing and talents converged when they got the cookbook urge.
February 22 2010-
COOKBOOK WINS BEST IN WORLD STATUS
Guelph’s Bakopoulos sisters have brought honour to Canada and to Guelph as their cookbook Three Sisters Around the Greek Table won Best in World status at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in France.
Five Canadian cookbooks won Best in World honours. Three Sisters Around the Greek Table won in the best foreign cookbook category. The awards were held in Paris on Feb. 11.
The sisters — Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos — drew from their Greek heritage when compiling the book, which they photographed and published themselves.
The book contains 105 recipes, 112 food photographs, tips, variations and make-ahead recipes. The sisters also share some of their experiences with family and food.
Since publishing the book last summer, the sisters have appeared on OMNI TV’s Edo Kai Tora, Breakfast Television, CBC Radio’s Fresh Air and the Steven and Chris Show.
February 22 2010-
I bought your cookbook for my husband for Christmas. We live in Kingston and love greek food. We both love to cook. I made the braised chicken with cinnamon last night. The taste of the sauce was so good I called my daughter to come for supper. The chicken recipe was food for the soul. I am going to cook every recipe in your cookbook. I have many cookbooks but this was the only one that inspired me to send a glowing e-mail.
February 18 2010-
GREEK-CDN SISTERS, CALGARY ILLUSTRATOR WIN AWARDS AT PARIS COOKBOOK COMPETITION
Three Greek-Canadian sisters from Ontario who wrote a cookbook on the cuisine of their native land have been recognized for their work at the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Awards held in France.
The book "Three Sisters Around the Greek Table" by Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos won fourth best foreign cookery book in the world. Self-published, the cookbook celebrates Greek food and family.
February 18 2010-
Ti na pw.....I bought your book recently and absolutely LOVE the recipes! If I am going to be honest, when I originally purchased it (in Ottawa),I thought to myself, what a great idea, I'll buy it to support my fellow Ellhnides...but since then have been so pleasantly surprised by the awesome recipes and little explanations and quotes along the way....growing up in a restaurant (shocking, I know!) and being part of a very Greek family I want to keep the same flavours in my home for my children that I grew up with....I want the aroma of their home to be filled with love and sweet memories, which for us (Greeks) comes in the form of food and I am grateful that you came up with a book for everyone but especially for the new Greek noikokures who want to pass our culture and traditions on to the next generation.
Na eisaste panta kala, o theos na sas dinei ugeia kai sas euxomai kathe epituxia me to biblio sas kai me oti allo kanete stis zwes sas!
The pictures are phenomenal too...teleio biblio! Sygxarhthria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
February 12 2010-
GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARD PRESS RELEASE
2010 Winners held in Paris, France - Le Cent Quatre
Press Release Canada
Press Release Greece
February 05 2010-
THE STEVEN & CHRIS SHOW
We love Steven & Chris and so enjoyed making delicious Greek dishes with them. View our video clip to see what happened on the show.
January 08 2010-
WHAT'S COOKIN: THREE GREEK SISTERS HAD SPECIAL SUMMER PROJECT
Today we are pleased to introduce some new friends of ours! Every once in awhile we encourage a guest chef to produce a recipe for our column.
The recipe and photo today are courtesy of Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos. These sisters— and remarkable cooks— have just self-published their first cookbook: Three Sisters Around the Greek Table. This book has just won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Foreign Cuisine in Canada.
All three women have appeared on CBC Radio as well as Omni TV and more importantly— in my cooking school!
This is one of my favourite new cookbooks. I don’t very often give a “plug” for a cookbook, but I was really taken by this book. I can vouch for the food, as I’ve had the pleasure of eating some of it.
But the sisters also did all the cooking, food styling and photography themselves for their book. They devoted the summer to cooking together, then sitting down with their families together to eat— what a wonderful way to put a cookbook together— and that family feeling sure pays off in the book. For the recipe
January 07 2010-
BREAKFAST TELEVISION TORONTO
The Independent & Free Press
If you missed our appearance on Breakfast Television, then click on the link to get caught up.
View clip here
-Host Dina Pugliese
December 18 2009-
A TALE OF THREE SISTERS
Breakfast Television Toronto
There’s an engaging photo on the cover of Three Sisters Around the Greek Table, a Cookbook, (Adelfes; $34.95). It shows the three authors, sisters Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos as little girls, spreading a tablecloth over a table in the garden. The wind has caught the cloth as it billows up, a charming moment from childhood.
Inside, a photo of the girls, now beautiful young women sitting at the same table, inviting readers and cooks to partake a tempting selection of dishes from their Greek heritage. "This is real Greek cooking,” the authors write. “This is not the stuff of fast food Greek restaurants that has come to characterize Greek food in the minds of many.”
The trio has dipped into their family’s repertoire and dishes they’ve encountered on trips to Greece for the content. There’s a genuine feel of kitchen table camaraderie in the recipes and comments through the book.
The sisters recommend these meatballs for kids as easy finger food or added to tomato sauce and pasta. For adults, “they are the perfect meze to be enjoyed with a strong spirit like Ouzo.” Or, a glass of wine.
For recipe use the link source:
December 13 2009-
Toronto Sun, Life
Listen to our interview with CBC's Fresh Air host Mary Ito.
December 06 2009-
3 Canadian girlfriends got together for a girls weekend In Denver and decided on a Greek Night. We made your Spanakopita recipe and Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomatoes- wow- we added a side dish of lemon quinoa (instead of orzo)- quinoa + olive oil + lemon juice + feta) = 1 really awesome- very complimented dinner..
thanks! I am proud to say you are from Guelph- and now am instructed to get a few more cookbooks:-) I may send my mom to the bookshelf ...
December 06 2009-
I just had to let you know how much I am enjoying your cookbook. How I wish this was around 39 years ago when I was a young Canadian girl who married a handsome Greek with a very welcoming and loving family in Greece. I did not even know what feta cheese was. I have come a long way.
I bought 4 copies of your book and may have to go back for more. This is definitely my “to give” gift this Christmas.
I wish you much success.
December 03 2009-
GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS 2009
Three Sisters Around the Greek Table is the winner in Canada - English.
In the category: BEST FOREIGN CUISINE BOOK
November 27 2009-
First of all I wanted to thank you for your lovely gift to the culinary world!! I just received my copy of your wonderful cookbook and I cannot wait to get started!! I read an article in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper entitled "Food? Its All Greek to them' 11/20/09. I thought it was a great story and it was nice to see three beautiful women from my old neighborhood sharing their culinary "life experience."
Many of the recipes I have always wanted (and wondered about) are contained within your book (I knew it was tomato paste in those potatoes!!). I am the cook in my house. I travel extensively for my work so I look forward to coming home and making meals for my wife and I. There is nothing I enjoy more than a nice glass of wine while making a delicious meal!! Times in the kitchen and around the dinner table have always been the most profound times I have had. The tone of your book would suggest that you and your families feel the same.
Thanks again for sharing.
President, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
November 04 2009-
Cookbook offers glimpse into Greek family life
The Bakopoulos sisters might well have called their new cookbook My Big Fat Greek Cookbook, since the book, which started out as a keepsake item for their children, has grown in size and scope since they set out on the project about a year ago.
Instead they went with Three Sisters Around the Greek Table, which will launch with a party at the eBar Nov. 16 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Take note: There will be food made from the recipes in the self-published cookbook.
That’s not only good planning — it’s just the way it was in the Bakopoulos household when the girls were growing up, and it continues to be, they said. Food factors into everything.
“We’d wake up to the sound of our Dad in the kitchen and come home from school to find our Mom in the kitchen. And on the weekends, our aunts and uncles would come over and we’d all be in the kitchen,” said Eleni, 37, who now lives in Kingston with her husband and two children.
“We were children of immigrant parents and they worked a lot. But every day, at 3:45 p.m., we’d sit down together and have dinner as a family,” said Betty, 38, who lives in Guelph with her husband and three daughters. “I think our family is close because of that.”
“We take pride in the title,” said Samantha, 30, who lives in Toronto with her husband. “We always sat around the dinner table. It’s kind of natural that we would write a cookbook.”
October 01 2009-
This cookbook is an excellent collection of traditional and Modern Greek recipes, with mouthwatering pictures and a collection of anecdotes and stories that make it fun, interesting, and lighthearted. The local authors are three sisters, Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos, first generation Canadians with a desire to share the secrets and gems of a Greek kitchen. They are busy women, like many of us, but they strive to uphold the many Greek traditions of food and family that they were raised with. This book promotes these traditions and inspires you, the reader and cook, to create similar rituals within your own home.
If you love Greek food then one look at the tantalizing food photos will have you sold. Each recipe boasts a large colour photograph. Within the text you will learn what a typical Greek kitchen would contain in the pantry, fridge, freezer, spice rack and herb garden. The best traditional Greek mezedes (appetizers), main dishes, breads and desserts are all there. All seem quick and easy with flavourful results. The book also gives you interesting seasonal menu ideas, ideas that inspire one to think of the flavours of each season. There is also a special occasion menu section to help you save a bit of time when considering a menu for a party, event or get-together.
The book is worth a purchase for its inspiration of great Greek food alone, but also for its celebration of the ritual of eating, sharing and talking while gathered together around the dinner table.
-By Kate Dowhan
Test kitchen staff member for Canadian Living Magazine, as well as various publications including Homemakers, Chatelaine and Food & Drink Magazine.