Dandelions for Dinner
by Sam P. Stamatis and Peter S. Stamatis Greece at War and a Family's Dreams of America

Dandelions for Dinner


"... must reading for anyone interested in the struggles and sacrifices of the Greek people to save their nation from totalitarianism and to secure for their children the freedom and democracy their ancestors bequeathed to the world."

Nicholas Gage, author of Eleni 

2012 was a year we’ll never forget!

 It was when, on a cold and snowy night February night, we officially launched Dandelions for Dinner to a standing-room only crowd at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago.   

Over the year, we have been privileged to participate in many book presentations and book signings.  We can’t thank you enough for making our book such a success.  And we can’t overstate what a pleasure it has been meeting and talking with each of you.

Sam and I have been pleasantly surprised over the enthusiasm for Dandelions for Dinner.  As we hoped, the book offered something for everyone.  For Greek Americans, it was the story of what so many of our parents and grandparents lived through.  It provided non-Greeks with the opportunity to learn for the first time about what happened to Greece during the depression, World War II and its aftermath.  

We have many events planned this year around the U.S. and hope to take our book to Greece!  Our next stops include Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 9 and Naples, Florida on January 10. 

Stay tuned for more details of Dandelions for Dinner Book Tour 2013 to come!

Peter Stamatis


Radio announcerLISTEN HERE 

Podcast of our May 10, 2012 interview 

Austin Hellenic Radio 

Hosted by Michael Nevradakis.  We will be discussing our book, Dandelions for Dinner.


***********************************************Our latest award recognitions************************************

This just in!!!

Dandelions for Dinner 
has been named an 
Award-Winning Finalist
in the 
Autobiography/Memoirs category 
of the 
2012 International Book Awards


A GREAT BIG thank you to Barnes and Nobles for listing our book, Dandelions for Dinner, among the Barnes & Noble Rising Star Special Collection on bn.com.  We appreciate the recognition!  Click here to view.


Dandelions for Dinner:

Greece at War and a Family's Dreams of America


What happens to a family already on the brink of disaster when the world around them crumbles?


Dandelions for Dinner presents a memoir set in the sleepy town of Gargaliani, Greece, spanning the last quarter of the nineteenth century through the Greek Civil War of the 1940s. Told through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy, it is an epic tale of youth, family, poverty, war, and unjust loss. It is also an uplifting story of how in the midst of calamity, survival is possible by using your head, taking your hits, and maintaining an undying faith.

Though it is the tale of a family that is by all standards poor, Dandelions for Dinner demonstrates just how rich the poor can be when they have hope, faith, and love for one another—when they maintain the lessons of their parents and forefathers, nurture a love of education, and never let up on their hope for freedom. This memoir is, above all, a story about the importance of America—not only for those who live there, but also for all those who reside in the dark corners of faraway lands and dream of a better life.

Over the course of their life together, any family will most assuredly experience both want and plenty, suffering and joy. Dandelions for Dinner is the surprising story of what remains when everything else is lost.



The Authors

Sam Stamatis was born in Gargaliani, Greece. He immigrated to the United States at age thirteen and later served in the US Army. After a long career as an electrical engineer, Sam retired.  He lives in Chicago's northern suburbs with Litsa, his wife of some fifty years.

Peter Stamatis is the youngest of Sam's three children. He works as a trial lawyer in Chicago.  Peter lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago.