For many reasons, cooking in Greece has lost much of its original taste. Even women who still cook the traditional dishes they learned from their mothers and grandmothers believe these foods are not worthy to serve to special guests. They think souvlaki, pizza, hamburgers, moussaka and a bad version of horiatiki salata (Greek salad) are the dishes most esteemed. So these are the ones visitors to Greece are most likely to find in the country's tavernas and restaurants.
The irony is that just as the world has discovered the benefits of the Mediterranean diet- with its reliance on olive oil, vegetables, grains and dried beans- we in Greece are running away from it, without even looking back. The only hope lies in this strong trend from abroad. Scientists and other influential people from all parts of the Western world are telling us we have reason to be proud of our culinary heritage.