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World-renowned chef and author Maria Elia's new Greek cookbook, Smashing Plates, was inspired by the cuisine at her father's tavern in Cyprus. Greek pub food. Sound like a winning formula? We combed through this page-turner and came up with a few recipes to share, like this savory summer baklava. 

World-renowned chef and author Maria Elia's new Greek cookbook, Smashing Plates, was inspired by the cuisine at her father's tavern in Cyprus. Greek pub food. Sound like a winning formula? We combed through this page-turner and came up with a few recipes to share, like this savory summer baklava. 

This savory baklava is delicious eaten hot with roast lamb or broiled sardines, or makes an excellent vegetarian main dish, served with a purslane or watercress, olive, and caperberry salad with lemon dressing. Served at room temperature, it even makes a great picnic food. For the best results, make the filling the day before to allow the flavors to infuse.

Reprinted with permission from Smashing Plates