We gave it a B-
On a chilly winter’s day, Tom Stone — onetime Broadway stage manager, peripatetic writer, teacher, and ”dedicated amateur cook” — received a phone call that would change his life, at least for one frantic summer. Stone’s friend Theologos, the proverbial Greek bearing a gift, invited him to be chef and partner at his taverna on the island of Patmos. His memoir of that summer, underscored by grueling 18-hour days and a couple of ruptured friendships, is not without charm — peppered with his favorite recipes, Taverna is, at the very least, an armchair traveler’s passport to some tasty-sounding meals. But Stone’s naivete isn’t entirely believable, given the amount of time he’d already spent in Greece (he and his wife lived there for seven years).