Daneet Steffens
August 02, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Summer of My Greek Taverna: A Memoir

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Tom Stone
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B-

On a chilly winter’s day, Tom Stone — onetime Broadway stage manager, peripatetic writer, teacher, and ”dedicated amateur cook” — received a phone call that would change his life, at least for one frantic summer. Stone’s friend Theologos, the proverbial Greek bearing a gift, invited him to be chef and partner at his taverna on the island of Patmos. His memoir of that summer, underscored by grueling 18-hour days and a couple of ruptured friendships, is not without charm — peppered with his favorite recipes, Taverna is, at the very least, an armchair traveler’s passport to some tasty-sounding meals. But Stone’s naivete isn’t entirely believable, given the amount of time he’d already spent in Greece (he and his wife lived there for seven years).

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