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The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health
     

The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health

by Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Antonia Trichopoulou (Foreword by)
 
What's the best diet for good health? It seems too good to be true, but actually it's one with great classic dishes like tabbouleh and bouillabaisse...pasta, risotto, and couscous...fassoulia, ratatouille, gazpacho...the savory flavors of spices and garlic...breads, succulent olives, wine, and LDL cholesterol-reducing olive oil. The evidence is backed up by the

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What's the best diet for good health? It seems too good to be true, but actually it's one with great classic dishes like tabbouleh and bouillabaisse...pasta, risotto, and couscous...fassoulia, ratatouille, gazpacho...the savory flavors of spices and garlic...breads, succulent olives, wine, and LDL cholesterol-reducing olive oil. The evidence is backed up by the scientific papers presented at the landmark 1993 International Conference on Diets of the Mediterranean co-sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health and Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though many authors have tackled the healthful recipes of the Mediterranean, Jenkins is not simply following a fad. She brings her understanding of the culture, gained through years of living and working in the region, to the task of writing a comprehensive cookbook. Jenkins gives practical advice on how to gradually implement the Mediterranean diet at home, urging us to eat more fruits, grains and vegetables, reduce meat and fat intake, cook with olive oil instead of butter, serve plain bread at every meal to increase consumption of carbohydrates, and -- perhaps hardest of all -- to set aside time for meals every day, "building a sense of food as a fundamentally communal, shared experience.'' Jenkins's recipes, though not always inventive, are faithful to the originals and demonstrate her appreciation for the vagaries of cooking well with fresh foodstuffs that may not always yield the same measures. She unfolds the common threads of cuisine that unite the Mediterranean, acknowledging regional variations that lend piquancy.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Like a number of recent books on this topic, Jenkins's book is no doubt inspired by a 1993 Harvard conference on the health benefits of "the Mediterranean diet''-that is, the Mediterranean cuisines that have always emphasized grains, beans, and vegetables over red meat and olive oil over butter. Jenkins, a food writer and culinary historian, includes more than 200 recipes from all over the region, from Italy's Panzanella to Lebanese Garlicky Roast Chicken to Turkish-Style Winter Vegetables. The text is readable and informative, with lots of boxes on ingredients, techniques, and the various cuisines, and the recipes are good, certainly not "diet food.'' Martha Rose Shulman's Mediterranean Light (LJ 4/15/89) was one of the first titles in this area and still one of the better ones, but most collections will want to add Jenkins's book.
Barbara Jacobs
The word "diet" smacks of deprivation. Jenkins' advice? Limit red meat, sugar, and dairy products, substituting instead olive oil, vegetables and legumes, breads, and fruits. Her long residence in Tuscany, plus her food writing background, results in unusual recipes among the more than 200 featured; in addition to such familiar staples as fish, soups, and minestrone, she includes treats from all over the Mediterranean, including Armenian pizza and Spanish chicken with sweet peppers. Sidebars and personal introductions to many of the recipes, along with nutritional data, supply encouragement for healthy living, not just dieting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553096088
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.43(w) x 10.24(h) x 1.68(d)

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