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I have memories of family gatherings with dozens of first cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles, everyone in the kitchen where cooking, talking, laughing, having a strong opinion on how to cook the potatoes or how to serve the salad.

These memories of the atmosphere that evolved around food, eating rituals and the kitchen have always fascinated me.

On the other hand I have had a background in design, which as the years passed became more and more oriented towards visual culinary identities.

When I started working with Christos in 2009 on a cookbook, that experience was a thrilling for the both of us. The cookbook became a playground for the exchange of creative ideas of all sorts, revolving around food.

Christos’ photos are “honest”. They tell us stories, and our work together on “Aegean Pan” is the fruit of our common love for all things culinary in the Cyclades, where I have made my home, in the last two years.

– M.A.

maria alipranti [design & storytelling] | christos drazos [photography]


  • Francesca Muir09/04/2013 - 10:50 pm

    Have just found your blog – how wonderful – looking forward to reading all your posts. Have a wonderful day F.ReplyCancel

  • Christiane Smit01/05/2013 - 6:33 am

    Maria you look great! XXXReplyCancel

  • Sally Omran01/07/2013 - 1:29 am

    Love this…thanks so much for writing and sharing your culture and your amazing history and intertwining it with great local recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Lila Abdul Rahim27/10/2013 - 11:37 am

    Thank you, finding your pages was like finding a treasure . . .ReplyCancel

  • Daphne Seretis17/11/2013 - 12:38 am

    A bit of warm Greek sunshine in the middle of a raging snowstorm in Calgary!ReplyCancel

  • Melike Kavala09/03/2014 - 7:17 am


  • Venetia Kapernekas05/03/2015 - 8:18 am

    Dear Maria and Christos.. Congrats. is a beautiful blog and so much beauty and spirit. i just saw the post
    “Tide” with Christina’s creations. I sail in the greek islands a lot over the summer. i live now in Munich after years in New york.. see my blog as i write about art and architecture… hope to meet you soon,.. keep up the good work. many summers i spent in paros.. is your book in print or on line?best to both of you , Venetia .. http://www.venetiakapernekasblog.comReplyCancel

  • Athina Tagidou26/09/2015 - 3:39 pm

    What a beautiful blog! Thank you and will visit this often….ReplyCancel

  • AegeanPan17/04/2013 - 10:43 am

    Thank you Francesca – Wonderful day to you too : )