Indexing Services

I’ve been involved in the technical publishing industry beginning in 1996, having been a Technical Reviewer and Chapter and Case Study author for Wrox Press. I’ve also performed Indexing on a number of smaller independent projects as well.

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The Indexing samples below were done as a personal project, and illustrate the results of correcting an Index which has already been started. The new Index was then used as a basis for creating a specialty Index from the full Index. In this case, the original Index had apparently been included in the first edition of the book as-is in the publishing process without being completed. It was then included in subsequent editions without verification. In posting the new version of the full Index here, as well as the new Recipe Index, I’m also making them available for other owners and readers of this wonderful award-winning book on “The Foods of Greece”.

Samples

Unofficial Corrected Index, and New Recipe Index, for “The Foods Of Greece”, by Aglaia Kremezi

Prepared by Dave Liske
November 2018
Editions
1993: ISBN 9781556702044 (Hardcover)
1999: ISBN 9781556702043 (Hardcover), 9781556709560 (Paperback)
2018: ISBN: 9781635615579 (Hardcover), 9781635615586 (Paperback)

Introduction, Method, and Discoveries

Note: There’s a symbol at the top-right of the PDF viewers below which will open each file in the Google viewer full-screen. There’s also a download link below each one so you can save each Index for later.

Published Index

Download (PDF, 4.8MB)

Corrected Index

Download (PDF, 239KB)

New Recipe Index

Download (PDF, 158KB)

I have to admit, this project was both a selfish one, and a bit of my own OCD. I did this for myself, as I use Kremezi’s “The Foods Of Greece” often. It then became clear that releasing the results may hopefully serve others as well. This project developed from my own use of my 1999 copy of the first paperback edition of Kremezi’s popular book, both for myself and when others ask for recipes. In using the book to hopefully find a requested recipe for a flatbread, I found “Pita” had no page number next to it in the Index. It was then that I realized “Pita” was used as a heading. The locator entries listed underneath it, however, were a complete duplication of the listing under “Pies”. The “Pork” and “Potatoes” headings had oddly been indented, looking to be part of “Pita”. “Pudding, Rice” was also indented to finish the entries under “Pita”, which shouldn’t have been a heading to begin with.

I contacted author Aglaia Kremezi who graciously replied within a few hours: “No, I had not noticed, nor anybody had previously mentioned these index glitches… Indexing in books is so important, yet there are so many emissions and misquoted words in most cookbooks… If I knew what you listed, or had spotted these mistakes, be sure I would have corrected them in the later printings, and also in the scanned, new edition that just came out. In that I corrected something about the moussaka in the introduction, and had I known about these index mistakes I could have corrected them… Thanks, again, for being so thorough and attentive! I am keeping the notes you sent, but I truly doubt that there is going to be another edition of the book so that I could use your corrections.”

The “scanned, new edition” Ms. Kremezi mention was published by Echo Point Books in June of 2018. Unfortunately, my note to her was only a few months too late … Having been involved with book publishing and Indexing in the past, I took a closer look at the rest of the Index. Not to put too fine a point on it, the Index overall is in poor shape. This of course is no reflection on Ms. Kremezi, as authors generally don’t perform their own Indexing. I’m going to assume that what was included in the book was an initial “first pass” in assembling the Index for the earlier hardcover edition in 1993. Publishing is a tight operation, and it could well be that a hard deadline was approaching, so the Index that was available at that moment was incorporated into the finished book.

Because of my own need for a solid working Index for the book, I decided to take the plunge to rebuild the Index for the book from what was there. I did this basically in two passes. The first pass was to recreate the Index from what was printed. These corrections were accomplished solely by recreating the Index in MS Word and making layout and content corrections on-the-fly. This includes correcting implied Standard Conventions, i.e., Greek terms being italicized and key words being capitalized. New section headings were created, such as “Fried”, “Omelets”, “Peas, Chick”, etc. Cross-referencing was also initiated, such as correcting Avgolemono to “Avgolemono (Egg-Lemon Sauce)”, using the same locator under “Sauces” minus the redundant “Sauce”, and correcting the “Egg-Lemon Sauce” heading to “Egg-Lemon Sauce (Avgolemono)”, with “Avgolemono” being corrected to italicized as a Greek term in all its listings. The second pass was then a complete read-through of the book, adding new locators and cross-references as needed. As each recipe includes the Greek name below the title, at least two locators were needed for each recipe, one for each language.

In reviewing the recipes during the second pass, I elected to set the recipe titles in the Index, both in English and Greek, along with the recipe’s page number(s), to Bold style to differentiate them from the explanatory text. It then turned out that the “Pita” locator, like “Halvas”, “Skordalia”, “Tyropites”, and a few dozen others, was merely a placeholder. The “Pita” entry was to be “Pita Tis Kikis (Kiki’s or Lazy Woman’s Pie)” but hadn’t been completed. Other discoveries include the recipe for “Sourdough Bread (Prozyni)”. An extremely popular bread, it’s included as a Note at the bottom of page 193 under the Sourdough Starter recipe, and had not been included in the original Index.

A third pass was then performed and is undocumented. This was largely a “clean-up” pass, and involved numerous corrections and additions that served mainly to solidify standard conventions, cross-referencing, and legibility.

Once that was complete, another pass was made on the index itself to delete anything which wasn’t specifically a recipe or its page number. This created the new Recipe Index, which is available in the bottom of the two viewers above.

I hope readers of the book find this new Index for Kremezi’s “The Foods of Greece” useful. Please contact me with any issues, and I’ll update the Indexes as needed.

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