One of the first books to promote the Mediterranean diet, Jenkins's work was a bestseller when it was published 15 years ago. Bursting with good health and great flavors, this updated edition features more than 250 recipes that highlight one of the healthiest diets in the world.One of the first books to promote the Mediterranean diet, Jenkins's work was a bestseller when it was published 15 years ago. Bursting with good health and great flavors, this updated edition features more than 250 recipes that highlight one of the healthiest diets in the world.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2008-11-03 This nutritionally sound, flavor-savvy cookbook, first published in 1994, was arguably ahead of its time-at least for American readers. Of course, a wave of American dieters and nutritionists have since come to advocate Mediterranean eating habits, including a largely plant-based diet with modest amounts of proteins and plenty of good fats. Jenkins's updated and revised version will surely reach a wider audience. Jenkins, an American who has lived in Italy, France, Lebanon, Cyprus and Spain, zeros in on the dietary patterns that link these nations. Yet Jenkins's approach is hardly prescriptive; she prefers to gently encourage good habits rather than lay out a daily regime. The 250 recipes are largely traditional dishes, some of which may be novel to her readership, such as ProvenAal chickpea soup; Moroccan lamb tagine with apricots; and kourabiedes, Greek butter almond cookies. Jenkins has removed the nutritional data from the previous edition, which allows for a greater emphasis on the food itself. Jenkins's recipes are reliable, and though dishes like pizza made from scratch require extra time and effort, the payoff is in the "slow food," Mediterranean approach: an overall respect and enjoyment for what we eat that translates into greater health. Jenkins is an effective ambassador for this way of thinking about food, and her cookbook is a wonderful resource for anyone considering it. (Dec.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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