Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing


“A life full of Greek expectations will not be an easy one, but with a little help from the Gods, you can be sure that yours will be the last moussaka standing.”

Part memoir, part rant, part survival guide, Ekaterina’s cautionary tale of Greek love and life gives a hilariously witty insight into the trials and tribulations of being a modern woman tormented by guilt-inducing mother-in-laws, pandofla-wielding Grandfathers, and oppressively hairy husbands.

WARNING: this book is intended for entertainment purposes and light humour. The story is told in the first person, in rant form, with heavy sarcasm alluding to cultural stereotypes and behaviour. This is a tongue-in-cheek look at the Greek culture and many of the old traditions and behaviours that may not be recognised today. This is not a book intended to offend, but rather to embrace and find humour in a wonderfully colourful way of life that some people may have experienced and others may have not. The comedy genre is often accused of being offensive, so if you are not a fan of this genre, then this book perhaps won’t be right for you.  

Primary important facts about Greek men:

  • Their mother is number one.
  • Their father is number two.
  • Their sibling(s) are number three.
  • Their cousins, uncles and aunts are number four.
  • Their pet(s) are number five.
  • Their village community is number six.
  • Their car is number seven.

Growing up in a big, not-so-fat, semi-Greek household, Ekaterina Botziou spent much of her childhood defying her father’s wishes for her to learn to play the bouzouki, and refusing third helpings of moussaka.

Determined never to be the stereotypical Greek woman stuck in the kitchen, she chose to while away long summer days holidaying in Greece playing, “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” with her 101 Greek cousins, rather than be stuck inside learning to cook with Yiayia.

Unfortunately Zeus had other ideas, and in a twist of fate some years later, Ekaterina found herself married to a Greek-Cypriot and battling against the stale old laws of Greek tradition.

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  1. Anonymous
    9th July 2014 / 6:17 pm

    I’m nearly halfway through! Very insightful, accurate, and funny. And indeed, it is relatable! Great job – you hit the Greek nail on the head!

    • EBotziou
      9th July 2014 / 6:38 pm

      So glad you are enjoying it!! 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    9th July 2014 / 1:37 am

    I am not Greek. Not even a little. I went to live in Greece for a bit and brought a Greek husband along when I came back. While I don’t have a guilt-inducing mother-in-law or a hairy husband, I am at my whit’s end and it has only been four years. You come from a Greek background so I suspect you have a bit of an edge on someone like myself. I’m just wondering if this book will be helpful to the culturally disparate couples.

    • EBotziou
      9th July 2014 / 9:17 am

      Thank you for your comment – yes I touch on the cultural differences as well – my mother is not Greek and many of the experiences written in the book are from her view as well as others of non-Greek background so I hope you will be able to identify with the stories. Do let me know if you enjoy it 🙂