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Taste the Music: The Aromatic Cuisine of the Asian Minor Greeks

Almost 100 years ago, Greeks from the shores of Asia Minor, present-day Turkey, emigrated en masse into Greece, inundating areas, among them the port of Piraeus and environs, forever changing both the flavors and music of their adopted homeland. Amid the riffs of their rebetika music, in one of the oldest tavernas in Greece, Diane tells the story of how their exodus and arrival on Greek shores brought the likes of exotic spices, luscious urbane recipes and soulful music to Greece. Back in her kitchen, she cooks up a selection of the most famous dishes these Greeks have brought to the mainland and which have become an indelible part of the culinary tapestry. Pita Kaisarias (phyllo cups with pasturma and kaseri cheese); Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (cumin-scented meatball sausages In tomato sauce); Eggplant Stuffed with Onions, Raisins and Grape Molasses.

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Naxos: Meat & Potatoes Like You Never Had'em

Diane takes off for this tasty Cycladic island from the shores of neighboring Paros, with her good friend Alexis, whose family roots are here. Little does Alexis know that he is in for a few surprises, as Diane takes him on a journey of discovery to one of the most vibrant food destinations in Greece. Naxos is famed for the quality of its meats, for its seductive array of cow's milk and sheep-and-goats' milk cheeses (some of the most unique in Greece), and for its potatoes. There is even a center for potato research and cultivation on the island.

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Food Secrets of Mykonos

On a cruise ship to Mykonos, Diane discovers not the dazzling cosmopolitan side of Greece's most iconic party island, but the quiet life and food of its local farmers. She cooks with a young chef who is breathing new life into the island's traditional recipes, discovers onion pie, delicious cured pork, and one of the oldest cheeses in the world, called kopanisti, still made by the few remaining farm families on the island. In the kitchen, inspired by Mykonos, she makes a garlicky local pasta recipe, and a Greek island fish soup.

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A Meal In Messinia

Diane visits her good friend Peter, an "expert" in the art of living the ultimate "Mediterranean lifestyle." They are in his villa in Messinia, on the southwestern tip of the Peloponnese, near the renowned ancient town of Pylos and the historic Bay of Navarino. There, she discovers the good-life secrets of this rich, giving land, blanketed by olive and citrus trees and blessed with a perfect climate.

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Evia - An Island Hiding In Plain Sight

Evia, the second-largest Greek island after Crete, is a culinary wonderland hiding in plain sight, just over an hour from Athens. Diane heads to this emerald jewel in search of mushrooms and other earthly delights. There, she takes an inspiring walk with a local mushroom forager who also happens to cultivate the world's favorite edible fungi and with him cooks up one of his favorite recipes for mushrooms "kritharoto," with orzo. Evia is also home to everything from great seafood to long-standing shepherding traditions, ancient spas and snow-capped mountains.

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The Culinary Tapestry of Corfu

In this episode, we visit Corfu for an exploration of the island's unusual blend of Greek and Italian cooking. The Venetians ruled this lush island in the Ionian for more than 400 years and left an indelible stamp on its cuisine. To a lesser extent, so did the English, who administered the islands in the 19th century, as well as the French and Russians.

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Saving The Earth On Paros

Paros is the new Mykonos, or so savvy Greek travelers say. But not everyone embraces the newfound cosmopolitan aura of this sun-parched, beautiful Cycladic island. Diane sets out for Paros to find a young visionary farmer named Alkis Downward, who started out studying politics only to fall in love with dirt of the earthly kind! He has been tilling his family's land for five years and, together with his fiancee, has created a sustainable agriculture project on one of Greece's most touristed Aegean islands.

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Figs in a Glass

Diane is back in Chios in this episode, invited by a friend to participate in a local ritual: the making of Chian firewater, called Souma, which is distilled from fermented figs. It is one of the many fruit distillations in Greece but also one of the rarest, and Diane follows the process through to the first drops, at which point...the party begins! Food and firewater go hand in hand, but not without first having made the antidote to any potential hangover, a partridge soup.

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An Ionian Odyssey

The West's most famous mythical hero, Odysseus, hailed from the Ionian island of Ithaca; tiny specks of emerald-green isles float magically in the bluest sea in Greece; the Venetians, French, English & Russians all left their mark on the Eptanisa, or Seven Islands, in the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy. Diane visits Lefkada, the closest Ionian island, where she discovers Greece's tastiest, tenderest lentils, rosewater vinegar, and the art of local embroidery. She visits a local cook at home to learn the secrets of the local lemony cod stew.

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The Athenian Riviera

Who says you need to go to the islands for a bit of sea and sun? One of the most charming aspects of life in Athens, but one often overlooked by the millions of visitors who pass through every year, is the seaside resort area locals like to call the Athenian Riviera. From gorgeous cafes, to bustling nightlife, traditional fish markets right off the boat, yachting and other water sports, and so much more, the area just 20 minutes south of the Greek capital is a world away.

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The Dodecanese for Dinner

From tourist mecca Rhodes to tiny neighboring Symi, from the mystical island of Patmos, where St. John wrote the Apocalypse, to the fishing paradise of Kalymnos, the Dodecanese islands are a tapestry of fascinating customs, foods, landscapes and history. Although the name Dodecanese means 12 islands, there are actually 14, each unique in its own way. In this episode, Diane delves into some of the common threads and one-of-a-kind ingredients that characterize the cuisine of these delicious islands in the southeastern Aegean.

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Tinos: Ancient Marble, Timeless Flavors

Within almost swimming distance of Mykonos, the small neighboring island of Tinos couldn't be more different. Renowned for its tradition of marble sculpting and home to some of the most... marvelous...flavors in the Aegean, Tinos is magical. Diane visits a famous local marble sculptor and segues into the island's own sculpted landscape en route to visit an old friend and great cook, where she learns the secrets of pinched sweet cheese cakes, ancient sesame-honey confections and more.

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The Navarino Challenge

In this episode, Diane meets up with ultramarathoner and friend Dean Karnazes, who is in Messinia to run the Navarino Challenge. She dares to take a run with him, and on the road he helps Diane hone her technique, sharing healthy eating and running tips as they enjoy a jog through nature. Together they make a simple Greek salad with local ingredients and enjoy surroundings that exemplify perfect Mediterranean living. Back in her kitchen, Diane cooks up a very healthy plant-forward Messinian meal, with lots of olive oil, beans and greens.

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Tasty Teardrops and Tomatoes: Chios

Locals like to tell you that Christopher Columbus lived here, on this wealthy yet relatively undiscovered island in the Northeastern Aegean, made rich early on by its role in silk processing, shipping, the production of citrus fruits and as the only source of mastiha, a resinous superfood that is one of the Mediterranean's oldest, most significant ingredients.

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