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Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health

October 25, 2010 · Posted in Bestselling Cooking Books 


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Discussing the nutritional and health benefits of Mediterranean culinary practices, this delectable cookbook presents two hundred recipes for simple traditional dishes from all over the region, all adapted for the modern American kitchen.Amazon.com Review
Chances are excellent that you could cook out of The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for the rest of your life and never feel the slightest tinge of boredom. How does Moroccan Carrot Salad with Orange and … More >>

Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health

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5 Responses to “Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health”

  1. Anonymous on October 25th, 2010 11:35 am

    I have always felt that the word “diet” hurts the appeal of this book. It is not a “go on this and lose weight” diet, but rather “the way the Mediterrean peoples of the world eat” diet. Most healthcare professionals feel that the Mediterrean diet is the healthiest diet there is; however, this book is on a list of my top five cookbooks in a collection of approximately 500 based on how delicious the food is! Try the Greek Salad and the Salad Nicoise, two dishes that are horribly served in diners all over the Northeast, to see how they really should taste. The food is truly wonderful AND healthy. The recipes are clearly written and easy to prepare. I give this book as a present all the time to both my health-conscious friends and my cooking friends. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to cook, to anyone who loves to eat, and to anyone who wants to clean up his nutritional act in 1997. I give my thanks to Nancy Harmon Jenkins for a monumental work and wish everyone who tries it good eating and good luck.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Anonymous on October 25th, 2010 12:42 pm

    I discovered this book in searching for things that could help me do a better job of managing my own recently diagnosed hypertension. It is recommended in Dr. Thomas Pickering’s book, “Good News about Hight Blook Pressure.” Pickering is no “alternative” health faddist. He is a real doctor who bases his recommendations on the best scientific medical research he has at his disposal. He recommends the Mediterranean diet (over no less than that of the American Heart Association) and this book by Nancy Harmon Jenkins as one which can introduce you to the cultural experience of Mediterranean eating at an aesthetic level. This book has given our family an extraordinary series of great dining experiences. There is nothing dull about the recipes in this book. And the author has traveled and researched the subject so well that many of the recipes begin with a discussion of the person from whom the recipe is taken. The Moroccan Harira is an exceptional bean soup with just a little lean beef in it to add some interest bites along with the chick peas and lentils. It is the ginger, the cinnamon and the saffron, though, that make this soup a standing ovation dish. And this just an humble bean soup. Throughout, the spices are exotic and the uses of vegetables that most Americans long ago relegated to the category of culinary boredom are creative and delicious. Get a copy of this beautifully presented book, buy a drum of olive oil and get ready for healthy dining. Oh, and a little red wine is O.K., too. The Mediterranean diet is an absolute delight for its followers. As soon as I post this review, I am ordering two more copies as Christmas gifts for people on my list who love to cook and who like to venture beyond their secure bounds of their own culture. Neither of them has any problem with hypertension as far as I know. And, with this book on their kitchen reading shelf, perhaps they never will.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Anonymous on October 25th, 2010 1:22 pm

    Ms. Jenkins’s Mediterranean Diet Cookbook is a super addition to anyone’s cookbook shelf. Her plain language explanation of the cooking methods was a big plus. Her scientific ammunition on the benefits of this type of diet is impressive –makes me wonder how much I should believe about some of those reports on fats, etc. The book has proved especially useful here in California where lemons, fish, and other items are much more plentiful than in my previous home…and her translation of ingredients into American supermarket terms is wonderful. I espcially enjoyed the salad dressings, the fish recipes, and the vegetable soups.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Anonymous on October 25th, 2010 2:49 pm

    The Mediterranean diet features naturally healthy, lusty dishes that please the eye, tempt the palate, and satisfy one’s love of robustly flavored food. This practical and informative book offers traditional recipes that highlight the bold flavors, vibrant colors, and wholesome ingredients of the region’s cookery. The dishes are not difficult to prepare, and the fun in the kitchen is equaled by the reward at the table.

    Also recommended: “Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen: A Culinary Journey through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan,” by Sonia Uvezian. This is a totally unique and masterly volume that showcases a dazzling collection of healthful and imaginative recipes, many of them documented for the first time.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. music lover on October 25th, 2010 3:49 pm

    This book is an invaluable staple in my kitchen. The recipes utilize fresh, delicious, readily available ingredients; they are flavored to please both the palate and the body. Tired of diet after failed diet, I wanted to find an alternative that was good for my health as well as my waistline, and this fits the bill. I am not only losing weight, I feel better, have more energy, and my blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped significanly. I highly recommend this book and this style of eating to anyone who wishes to improve his or her general health.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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