About Aglaia and Costas

I am a journalist and author, and a zillion years ago, in the early ‘90ies, I introduced Greek cooking to the American audience with my Julia Child Award–winning book The Foods of Greece (1993). I have been living on Kéa --an island of the Cyclades-- for more than 20 years with my husband Costas Moraitis, a Yale graduate. Together we garden, cook, write, and teach cooking to travelers.

Costas and Manuela, my invaluable assistant and friend, teach the rolling of phyllo al fresco, in our outdoor kitchen

I am proud to be “the Greek grandmother” of Zaytinya, Jose Andres’ acclaimed Greek and Middle Eastern restaurant, in Washington DC, and New York City.

My latest book Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts leads a cook’s tour of the entire region.

My previous lives

I was born, lived and worked in Athens as a photographer, journalist and editor. In the late 1990ies I concentrated on food writing, and the study of the cuisines of the Mediterranean. 

My best-selling The Cooking of the Greek Islands (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) after several editions came out in paperback.

I have blogged at the Atlantic Monthly, and written in Greek, European and American publications: Food and Wine, Bonne Appetit, Cooking Light, epicurious.com, etc. I have often given papers at the Oxford Symposium on Food and for several years I was a guest lecturer at the Culinary Institute of America, in Greystone, Napa.

Before concentrating on food, I had been the editor in chief and creator of news, women’s, and life-style Greek magazines. I also was the original consultant for Molyvos, the first upscale Greek restaurant in New York city, to which Ruth Reichl had given three stars in her NY Times review.

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