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Greek Chic

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Greek Chic

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A GREEK RENAISSANCE IS UPON US. WHO BETTER TO ILLUSTRATE THAN AMY SEDARIS?

All things Greek are coming into vogue now, and Greek cuisine is at the forefront. Multitalented (multiplepersonality?) actress-author-hostess Amy Sedaris didn't take much persuading to dress up as a goddess and talk turkey - or tsatsiki - about Greek food. "If I'm having a lot of people over, I'll usually go with a Greek menu because I can make it with my eyes closed. I like making spanakopita because it impresses people and it's so simple. The philo intimidates people."

Amy's sister's recipe for chicken of the taverns appears in Sedaris's book on entertaining, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence (Warner Books) . "That was considered tavern food in Greece. That's a poor man's meal: chicken and spaghetti. There's country food, and then there's fancy food, and I like the kind of food that people are cooking in the middle of a mountain. You know, when you're in Greece and you're traveling up a mountain and there's this guy in the woods making chops and French fries, and you don't know exactly what it is, but it's the best you've ever had?"

"The beauty of it is that it can be really inexpensive so that when people try to make it really elaborate and expensive that's funny to me," says Sedaris. …

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