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The eating style proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. "An irresistible invitation to share the healthiest diet in the world. It has one alluring recipe after another, each one fragrant with the fresh aromas of the ingredients I love the most: fish right out of the water, ripe vegetables from open-air markets, herbs from the garden. This book makes an overwh The eating style proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. "An irresistible invitation to share the healthiest diet in the world. It has one alluring recipe after another, each one fragrant with the fresh aromas of the ingredients I love the most: fish right out of the water, ripe vegetables from open-air markets, herbs from the garden. This book makes an overwhelming argument that the things that taste the best are good for you." --Alice Waters Spanning the Mediterranean from Spain to France, Italy, and Greece, with side trips to Lebanon, Cyprus, and North Africa, this revised and updated edition of Nancy Harmon Jenkins's acclaimed cookbook offers ninety-two mouthwatering new dishes plus the latest information about the nutritional benefits of one of the world's healthiest cuisines. But best of all are the recipes--bursting with flavor, easy to prepare, and sure to please everyone at your table, whether you're cooking for yourself, your family, or your friends. Known for classic favorites like tabbouleh and ratatouille, flatbreads, pastas, zesty herbs, and flavorful oils pressed from succulent olives, the Mediterranean diet combines delicious taste with health-supportive ingredients as few other cuisines do. With an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, fish, lean meats, and heavenly desserts, here are recipes for over 250 outstanding dishes created for today's American kitchens. You'll also find new cooking techniques and a simplified approach to cooking--because simplicity is what the Mediterranean way of eating is all about. Experienced and novice cooks alike will be inspired by these delectable, seasonally inspired recipes ranging from sweet young Roman-style peas for spring to skewered shrimp for summer, robust North African Pumpkin Soup when autumn is in the air, and warming winter dishes like Lebanese Garlicky Roast Chicken and Cypriote Braised Pork with Wine, Cinnamon, and Coriander--plus a variety of fabulous pizzas and dinner pies, hearty salads like Tuscan panzanella, and satisfying small dishes known as tapas. Also included is a special selection of traditional dishes prepared for Islamic, Jewish, and Christian holidays that can be enjoyed year round. Rich in flavor and healthy nutrients but low in saturated fats and cholesterol, here are recipes that will delight your palate, nourish body and soul--and can be prepared with ease in your home kitchen.


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The eating style proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. "An irresistible invitation to share the healthiest diet in the world. It has one alluring recipe after another, each one fragrant with the fresh aromas of the ingredients I love the most: fish right out of the water, ripe vegetables from open-air markets, herbs from the garden. This book makes an overwh The eating style proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. "An irresistible invitation to share the healthiest diet in the world. It has one alluring recipe after another, each one fragrant with the fresh aromas of the ingredients I love the most: fish right out of the water, ripe vegetables from open-air markets, herbs from the garden. This book makes an overwhelming argument that the things that taste the best are good for you." --Alice Waters Spanning the Mediterranean from Spain to France, Italy, and Greece, with side trips to Lebanon, Cyprus, and North Africa, this revised and updated edition of Nancy Harmon Jenkins's acclaimed cookbook offers ninety-two mouthwatering new dishes plus the latest information about the nutritional benefits of one of the world's healthiest cuisines. But best of all are the recipes--bursting with flavor, easy to prepare, and sure to please everyone at your table, whether you're cooking for yourself, your family, or your friends. Known for classic favorites like tabbouleh and ratatouille, flatbreads, pastas, zesty herbs, and flavorful oils pressed from succulent olives, the Mediterranean diet combines delicious taste with health-supportive ingredients as few other cuisines do. With an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, fish, lean meats, and heavenly desserts, here are recipes for over 250 outstanding dishes created for today's American kitchens. You'll also find new cooking techniques and a simplified approach to cooking--because simplicity is what the Mediterranean way of eating is all about. Experienced and novice cooks alike will be inspired by these delectable, seasonally inspired recipes ranging from sweet young Roman-style peas for spring to skewered shrimp for summer, robust North African Pumpkin Soup when autumn is in the air, and warming winter dishes like Lebanese Garlicky Roast Chicken and Cypriote Braised Pork with Wine, Cinnamon, and Coriander--plus a variety of fabulous pizzas and dinner pies, hearty salads like Tuscan panzanella, and satisfying small dishes known as tapas. Also included is a special selection of traditional dishes prepared for Islamic, Jewish, and Christian holidays that can be enjoyed year round. Rich in flavor and healthy nutrients but low in saturated fats and cholesterol, here are recipes that will delight your palate, nourish body and soul--and can be prepared with ease in your home kitchen.

30 review for The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    While the recipes in the book are good, the author is a relentless snob and misses absolutely no opportunity to disparage the low quality of American ingredients; eggs, mushrooms, whatever -- you name it and she'll tell you they're sooooo much better in Italy (where the author has a house). Lady, just give me the recipes and spare me the commentary, 'kay? While the recipes in the book are good, the author is a relentless snob and misses absolutely no opportunity to disparage the low quality of American ingredients; eggs, mushrooms, whatever -- you name it and she'll tell you they're sooooo much better in Italy (where the author has a house). Lady, just give me the recipes and spare me the commentary, 'kay?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donna Craig

    Great sounding recipes with interesting commentary. However, there were no pictures!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Quick, convenient, everyday tome this is not. For example, one side dish may have a dozen ingredients and two pages of instructions. These recipes will not fit in with my everyday rotation. I did keep a few to try, and a lot seemed they would be tasty, even if not flashy. Don't look for information on the Mediterranean Diet; but, the balance of vegetarian to soups, to meats did seem in line with the diet principles. Quick, convenient, everyday tome this is not. For example, one side dish may have a dozen ingredients and two pages of instructions. These recipes will not fit in with my everyday rotation. I did keep a few to try, and a lot seemed they would be tasty, even if not flashy. Don't look for information on the Mediterranean Diet; but, the balance of vegetarian to soups, to meats did seem in line with the diet principles.

  4. 5 out of 5

    luv4pez

    The retail price on this cookbook is $35 (so glad I got it from the library) and it doesn't have a single picture in it. The author is extremely wordy, even in the directions for recipes. Some recipes go on for four or five pages and the ingredients list often includes other recipes you must make before your make the recipe you want. There are so many ingredients that would be hard, if not impossible, to find. I'm not sure what the original book looked like, but if it is anything like the revise The retail price on this cookbook is $35 (so glad I got it from the library) and it doesn't have a single picture in it. The author is extremely wordy, even in the directions for recipes. Some recipes go on for four or five pages and the ingredients list often includes other recipes you must make before your make the recipe you want. There are so many ingredients that would be hard, if not impossible, to find. I'm not sure what the original book looked like, but if it is anything like the revised edition, then it should have never been printed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    The Kindle version of this book is TERRIBLE. There's no index, no pictures, and the table of contents is worthless. Over 500 pages, but good luck finding any recipes. After several frustrating minutes I returned it. The Kindle version of this book is TERRIBLE. There's no index, no pictures, and the table of contents is worthless. Over 500 pages, but good luck finding any recipes. After several frustrating minutes I returned it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    super informational & great recipes

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aprilleigh

    The book is obviously written by an individual with strong opinions about food, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Most of the strongly-worded advice is consistent with other sources (freshly-grated Parmigiano is always best, for example), and once you've tried it her way you can experiment with alternatives and see the difference for yourself. Some of the ingredients can readily be substituted for less expensive alternatives with no detectable change to taste or nutritional value (there's The book is obviously written by an individual with strong opinions about food, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Most of the strongly-worded advice is consistent with other sources (freshly-grated Parmigiano is always best, for example), and once you've tried it her way you can experiment with alternatives and see the difference for yourself. Some of the ingredients can readily be substituted for less expensive alternatives with no detectable change to taste or nutritional value (there's a bit of food snobbery apparent, but nothing that can't be readily adapted by a consumer who knows their ingredients). Like many books about the Mediterranean diet, it starts with information about what the Mediterranean diet is and why it's so popular. She covers some basic methods and ingredients right up front, as well as some kitchen utensils that will be useful. Pay particular attention to her advice about selecting and purchasing olive oil, as quality varies considerably, and price is no indicator of quality. The recipes are not beginner-level. These are authentic and sometimes fairly complicated. The basics are here (tzatziki and minestrone, for example), but there are a lot of dishes you probably won't recognize. This is fantastic, but not really a good choice for a newcomer to the Mediterranean style of eating. Start with a simpler book, and then grab this one to take it to a whole new level. You won't be disappointed unless you try to jump into the deep end before you've got the basics. There are some very interesting recipes here that I've never seen in any other cookbook.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    It has been recommended to me to check out the Mediterranean Diet style of eating to boost myself past my current plateau. Coming in to this read, I have already read many articles that talk about how easily the Mediterranean Diet principles fit with being gluten-free. But NOT this book. Again and again, this book states that bread, wheat, and so on are more and more the central and important part of the Mediterranean Diet. This will absolutely not work. This is the first time I have used a cook It has been recommended to me to check out the Mediterranean Diet style of eating to boost myself past my current plateau. Coming in to this read, I have already read many articles that talk about how easily the Mediterranean Diet principles fit with being gluten-free. But NOT this book. Again and again, this book states that bread, wheat, and so on are more and more the central and important part of the Mediterranean Diet. This will absolutely not work. This is the first time I have used a cookbook and not walked away with a single recipe to keep. I'm glad it was just a library book. Returning gladly and not ever recommending.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vannessa Anderson

    It was an eye-opener to learn where and how authentic foods are made and what they are made of such as Mozzarella cheese made by hand from the milk of the water buffalo. Reading The New Mediterranean Diet Cook really helped me to learn how to transition to a better diet. I’m looking forward to trying many of the recipes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    Holy snobby author, Batman! Why didn't someone save her from herself here? I think there are a few good recipes, I do (several ideas for lentils which I love)--the layouts could have been better so you aren't flipping pages for the rest of the ingredients and having directions that go on for more than two pages is never a good idea (and would some pictures have killed you?) A good pic would have gone much further than her referring to the inexperienced people trying to make a sourdough starter a Holy snobby author, Batman! Why didn't someone save her from herself here? I think there are a few good recipes, I do (several ideas for lentils which I love)--the layouts could have been better so you aren't flipping pages for the rest of the ingredients and having directions that go on for more than two pages is never a good idea (and would some pictures have killed you?) A good pic would have gone much further than her referring to the inexperienced people trying to make a sourdough starter as "earnest yuppies" and then going on to how non-Italians have pronunciations that apparently "grate" on her (and-so she claims-- every other Italians' nerves). She doesn't believe in providing nutritional information and thinks its a stupid way of going about things-fine, you are certainly entitled to that opinion, but funny that she goes to point out that an american pizza place is so bad for you --going off the nutritional value, but then just states for her own recipes that you should "balance" to be ensure things are healthy. People do have legit reasons to want to understand portion sizes and nutritional information, so that was kind of crappy as well. I enjoy learning about other cultures and the history of foods, but there is a way to go about giving information without being an insulting snob, so I give this 2 stars for recipe ideas only and suggest to anyone picking up the book to skip all the wordy extra crap that goes on in this unfortunate book and stick to reading the recipes only.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

    I'm not big on diet books but here goes An irresistible invitation to share the healthiest diet in the world. It has one alluring recipe after another, each one fragrant with the fresh aromas of the ingredients I love the most: fish right out of the water, ripe vegetables from open-air markets, herbs from the garden. This book makes an overwhelming argument that the things that taste the best are good for you. Alice Waters Nancy Harmon Jenkins is a marvelous writer, a fine reporter, and addicted to I'm not big on diet books but here goes An irresistible invitation to share the healthiest diet in the world. It has one alluring recipe after another, each one fragrant with the fresh aromas of the ingredients I love the most: fish right out of the water, ripe vegetables from open-air markets, herbs from the garden. This book makes an overwhelming argument that the things that taste the best are good for you. Alice Waters Nancy Harmon Jenkins is a marvelous writer, a fine reporter, and addicted to travel, people, history, and good food, which makes this book a joy. That it points to a healthful way to eat, incorporating the freshness and clear flavors of Mediterranean cooking, also makes it a daily delight. Barbara Kafka Although it’s technically a diet book, this book is so much more—a superbly written examination of Mediterranean food and life and one of the most exciting cookbooks of the year. Paula Wolfert talk about powerhouse authors

  12. 4 out of 5

    Terrie Wiederich

    This book wasn’t for me. I would think A a connoisseur of fine foods would enjoy a leisurely read, learning about the Mediterranean cultures while sampling the food. I turned to this diet for my health and I don’t have time to stop and smell the spices. If I did, I would find this author to be too high-brow for my tastes. My biggest complaint? Why would a person couch all those delicious recipes in so many unnecessary paragraphs full of prose? If you want to share your experiences of the food and This book wasn’t for me. I would think A a connoisseur of fine foods would enjoy a leisurely read, learning about the Mediterranean cultures while sampling the food. I turned to this diet for my health and I don’t have time to stop and smell the spices. If I did, I would find this author to be too high-brow for my tastes. My biggest complaint? Why would a person couch all those delicious recipes in so many unnecessary paragraphs full of prose? If you want to share your experiences of the food and the culture, I welcome the read, and I might even have taken the time to read this book, if I had been able to find even one recipe written in the standard bulleted format. Two-hundred fifty recipes? I cannot imagine sitting down to read a cookbook like a novel. That’s exactly what is needed to find those elusive recipes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Sending this back to the library without finishing. The author is pretentious and insulting to Americans who do not have ready access to ethnic markets. The formatting of the recipes is not conducive to cooking and the lack of pictures gives little incentive for tackling a recipe with four pages of directions and hard to find ingredients. She does offer substitutions for some things, but is always quick to point out its inferiority to European ingredients.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kei

    There are so many post-its in this book for things I want to attempt cooking... it is almost embarrassing. More than that, there is a ton of useful/interesting information - from growing things to nutritional values to the evolution of traditional food to...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I am not a fan of cooking with cumin and most of the recipes included this spice. I also would not add cinnamon to savory meals. The recipes were not appealing or appetizing. I will stick with my own style. I didn’t think the name of the book fit the type of recipes offered.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teri Cowan

    Hadn’t read a cookbook in a long while but in addition to recipes this was so much more. Best quality ingredients along with culture and geographic references. I will be copying many of the yummy sounding recipes before I return it to the library.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jocelin

    Delicious recipes, but very drawn out - everything from scratch without any shortcuts. I'm a pretty advanced cook, but sometimes the recipes can be hard to follow, and there aren't any pictures to help you along. This book is not for a novice learning to cook. Delicious recipes, but very drawn out - everything from scratch without any shortcuts. I'm a pretty advanced cook, but sometimes the recipes can be hard to follow, and there aren't any pictures to help you along. This book is not for a novice learning to cook.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    The online copy has no pictures which was a little disappointing. Don’t know if the print copy does or not but I wish it had at least a few. The recipes looked great, I wouldn’t use them all but I did save many to try for later. Risottos especially

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dray

    Quite a nice collection of healthy recipes inspired by the sunny climes of the Mediterranean. I appreciated the inclusion of many traditional tastes but with a bent toward using healthy ingredients and new flavors. Skordalia, Romescu sauce and others were standouts. recommended.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    I always check out cookbooks before purchasing, this was a disappointment, zero photos, makes for bland reading...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna Marie

    Lots & lots of yummy recipes broken down into different courses or types with information on where to find cooking items & ingredients.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    An interesting read with lots of recipes for large families. (8 - 10 servings)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Topp

    A lovely compilation of Mediterranean dishes, interspersed with tips and information about methods, materials and ingredients (olive oils, sauces, etc.). If you already like Mediterranean dishes, or are looking to make a healthy change, browse this book. Although some dishes can be quickly prepared, as with most healthy cooking, be prepared to use a lot of fresh ingredients and spend a little extra prep and cooking time in the kitchen. There are many good ideas to bring new grains and vegetable A lovely compilation of Mediterranean dishes, interspersed with tips and information about methods, materials and ingredients (olive oils, sauces, etc.). If you already like Mediterranean dishes, or are looking to make a healthy change, browse this book. Although some dishes can be quickly prepared, as with most healthy cooking, be prepared to use a lot of fresh ingredients and spend a little extra prep and cooking time in the kitchen. There are many good ideas to bring new grains and vegetable to your table.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A lot of the recipes in this book require ingredients that I have never heard of and doubt they sell them here in Buffalo. Only a handful of them sounded interesting enough to try. And I am sorry but if a recipe calls for chicken livers, anchovies or some other thing that I have never even heard of but sounds scary, I am not going to make it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    i agree with the author that if your missing an ingredient or replace one for another these Mediterranean recipes still taste delicious and healthy for the heart. If you're looking to expand your skills of this style of cooking then you found the right book. i agree with the author that if your missing an ingredient or replace one for another these Mediterranean recipes still taste delicious and healthy for the heart. If you're looking to expand your skills of this style of cooking then you found the right book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    E

    Boo! Great concept but not one photo - what kind of a cookbook is that? a far contrast to the new Smitten Kitchen book that has one photo at least per recipe. Nothing new. some of the fish recipes look good but nothing new or groundbreaking.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jolie Root

    Great recipes to help us follow this healthy way of eating, shopping.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Almost gave this one 2 stars because it doesn't have any photographs, but there are some yummy-sounding recipes included as well as tips on cooking with some of the particular ingredients. Almost gave this one 2 stars because it doesn't have any photographs, but there are some yummy-sounding recipes included as well as tips on cooking with some of the particular ingredients.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kasey

    The informational part of the book was very interesting. I learned a lot about olive oil. However the recipes were a little to unusual for my taste and contained no photos :-(

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Hale

    Especially liked the Lentil Stew, however, I use kale instead of the spinach: it doesn't get slimy. Especially liked the Lentil Stew, however, I use kale instead of the spinach: it doesn't get slimy.

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