Author Archives: Diana Farr Louis

Diana Farr Louis was born in the Big Apple but has lived in the Big Olive (Athens, Greece) far longer than she ever lived in the US. She was a member of the first Radcliffe class to receive a degree (in English) from Harvard . . . and went to Greece right after graduation, where she lost her heart to the people and the landscape. She spent the next year in Paris, where she learned to eat and cook at Cordon Bleu, and earned her first $15. for writing—a travel piece for The International Herald Tribune. Ever since, travel and food have been among her favorite occupations and preoccupations. She moved to Greece in 1972, found just the right man, and has since contributed to almost every English-language publication in Athens, particularly The Athens News. That ten-year collaboration resulted in two books, Athens and Beyond, 30 Day Trips and Weekends, and Travels in Northern Greece. Wearing her food hat, by no means a toque, she has written for Greek Gourmet Traveler, The Art of Eating, Sabor, and such websites as Elizabeth Boleman-Herring’s She is the author of two cookbooks, Prospero’s Kitchen, Mediterranean Cooking of the Ionian Islands from Corfu to Kythera (with June Marinos), and Feasting and Fasting in Crete. Most recently she co-edited A Taste of Greece, a collection of recipes, memories, and photographs from well-known personalities united by their love of Greece, in aid of the anti-food waste charity, Boroume. (See Louis' Author Page for links to her her titles.)

Meals That Linger In The Memory (Best of WH)

“So what constitutes a memorable meal? Note that I didn’t say perfect. Is it the gastronomy, the skillful marriage of the finest ingredients with a technical expertise developed over decades on the job; or does the shock factor play a part as one encounters a dish under completely unexpected circumstance or in an unusual setting?”—By […]

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Unforgettable Paula Wolfert & The Memory Cupboard

“One of the ties that keeps us close is a shared love of food and cooking. When in France or Greece we can spend hours poking around farmers’ markets, discussing menus, and turning our loot into more-than-acceptable meals. Still, it was a delightful surprise when Connie’s obligatory visitor’s gift turned out to be something I’d […]

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A Day Too Full Of Events To Be Briefly Described

“Gleeful at having found trout (if not the farm) and being together after so long apart, we giggled, toasted each other, and told stories while smacking our lips over the excellent fish—the first served with a macedoine of grated carrots, onion, parsley, and lemon—the second, pink fleshed and grilled to a succulent perfection. All of […]

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Heroes For Our Time

“One of them, though, took my breath away. On duty at the clothes shop, where men’s shoes are urgently needed, a tall young woman with a slight accent started up a conversation. Introducing herself as Nidzara Ahmetasevic from Bosnia, a freelance journalist here for two months to work with the refugees, she said, ‘I survived […]

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The Storytellers Who Changed My Life

“I have been lucky to live with these storytellers who gave me so much material to write about. One regret is that they rarely wrote things down, themselves.”—Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis ATHENS Greece—(Weekly Hubris)—February 2017—Storytellers have always won my admiration and awe. While I think the […]

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Xmas In Athens: An Ancient Greek Remembers (Best of “Hubris”)

Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis The iconic Greek family at their dinner table. “These are the reminiscences of my husband Harilaos, known to some of you as ‘Joy of the People.’ a rough translation of his name. As a very youthful octogenarian, he does not live in the past but […]

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Where’s The Crisis? The Masks Of Athens

“The differences came into sharp focus during President Obama’s short visit. We saw banquets and the Acropolis, the impressive interior of the Niarchos Foundation’s glittering new Opera House, and Obama’s magnificent tribute to Greece and the ideals born here 2,500 years ago. But we also witnessed our Prime Minister slouched in a chair, examining his […]

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Fear (or Creeping Dread) & Its Antidote

“To accompany this column, I give you three of the joyful images that lifted our spirits this summer. There were dozens more I couldn’t capture, but can conjure up when a smile is required.” —Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is The Best Revenge By Diana Farr Louis ANDROS Greece—(Weekly Hubris)—October 2016—As opposed to fear, I’d […]

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Letter To a Granddaughter, September 2030

“Petros Ladas is my son. I’ve asked him to guest-write this ‘letter to the future’ since he’s been telling me about all the positive possibilities of our planet’s evolution. It does not have to be negative, and you know how I hate focusing on bad scenarios or worse. And because the story would not gain […]

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Times To Keep Silent

“For the next 36 hours, until my son arrives with the restored ear trumpet, we will be Trappists; two anchorites without a devotional vocation, one locked in silence yet able to speak, the other in a noisy world whose few words join the blustery wind and scoot out to sea.”—Diana Farr Louis Eating Well Is […]

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