Publications Hummingbird International
Our passion and love for our heritage are the reasons we published two amazing, treasure-filled coffee table books about Greek cooking, with wonderful pictures and easy-to-follow recipes.
Our mission is to make the Greek way of cooking an enjoyable experience and to encourage people to see how healthy it is to eat seasonally. We want to teach about olive oil -– the liquid gold of the Mediterranean -– and the abundance of herbs and spices the region has to offer.
The Greek cuisine is a gift to the world and we welcome everyone to take the challenge and try our recipes. You will be pleasantly surprised at the simplicity of the recipes and the very delicious results every time you try the “Taste of Greece.”
At the same time, we must educate our young ones on developing healthy eating habits that will keep them fit and full of energy. This has to be our goal as parents and grandparents, to be ahead of the game because our children are bombarded everyday with millions of dollars worth of advertising by huge corporations with just one goal – to make money.
We want you to succeed in any way possible, and the Seasons books are wonderful little tools in educating our precious children about nature and the amazing gifts that the four seasons bring along, year after year. Chestnuts, watermelons, cherries, oranges, and all kinds of nuts are nature’s candy for our children and for all of us. So let’s do our best for our young ones to help them understand, love and respect the seasons, and to appreciate nature. When we understand and love something, we protect it! With love and patience, we can accomplish miracles with our families and the people around us!
Litsa Bolontzakis Biography
Litsa Bolontzakis was born in Greece. At an early age, she moved with her family to Canada, where she grew up and where she still resides today with her own family.
For the past 16 years that Litsa Bolontzakis has been with Publications Hummingbird International — a company that publishes cookbooks and children’s books — she has helped the company penetrate global markets with her knowledge of Greek cuisines. She comes from a family that was always involved in the food industry. From her grandmother’s taverna to her grandfather’s and father’s fishing businesses, Litsa’s passion was and always will be good, healthy eating.
Litsa’s dream is to share the treasures of the “Taste of Greece” with the world and especially with the people in the land where she resides and which she loves very much: Canada.
“Take the Taste of Greece with You” is an amazing hardcover coffee table book of traditional Greek recipes with full-page pictures. The English edition is also available in paperback. “Boukia Boukia” features an array of international finger-food recipes. It’s a dream for anyone who longs for easy entertaining. Both books are labors of love!
”Take the Taste of Greece with You” was honored by the prestigious Gourmand World Cook Book Awards of France in July 2009, and was awarded Best in Canada and Best in the World for the year 2009.
Litsa’s previous project — the four children’s books based on the four seasons of the year as seen through the eyes of a young girl growing up in Greece — was a dream and a tribute to her amazing parents. They are finished, beautiful hardcovers and created with so much love. They are educational, with a little cooking thrown in for good measure! These hardcover books feature artwork by award-winning illustrator Daniela Zekina.
Litsa Bolontzakis has made appearances on the Greek TV shows; Ehi Gousto with Bilio Tsoukalas, and Omorfos Cosmos to Proi with Mr. Arnaoutoglou. In Canada, she has appeared on Edo kai Tora with Mr. Trialonis, a delightful hour featuring Greek news.
Currently, she is hosting a cooking segment on the program Edo Montreal, which is shown on the Odyssey cable network and broadcasts across Canada. “Entertaining with Style” is the name of her segment and features her love and passion for entertaining with the very rich flavors and spices of the Mediterranean.