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Mediterranean Cooking

Mediterranean Cooking

Mediterranean Cooking

Mediterranean cooking is inspired by the eating habits in Greece, Spain and the southern areas of Italy and France. Natural foods like fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, whole grains and olive oil are central to the cuisine in these areas. The colorful dishes are flavored with fresh, aromatic herbs and garlic, and wine consumption is welcome (yay!). Since the focus is on whole foods, most of the recipes are simple to prepare. To help you keep up with your busy schedule, we included the FAST! icon on recipes that prep in 30 minutes or less. So start today--there's no better time to start eating well and enjoying meals with those you love.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Heinrich Bauer Publishing, L. P.
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1 min.
welcome to your new healthy life!

Mediterranean cooking is inspired by the eating habits in Greece, Spain and the southern areas of Italy and France. Natural foods like fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, whole grains and olive oil are central to the cuisine in these areas. The colorful dishes are flavored with fresh, aromatic herbs and garlic, and wine consumption is welcome (yay!). Since the focus is on whole foods, most of the recipes are simple to prepare. To help you keep up with your busy schedule, we included the FAST! icon on recipes that prep in 30 minutes or less. So start today—there’s no better time to start eating well and enjoying meals with those you love. Cheers to health & happiness, THE MEDITERRANEAN TEAM…

5 min.
live the mediterranean life

It’s no longer a secret that people who eat a Mediterranean diet share many commonalities including a longer life expectancy, healthier hearts and lower rates of chronic disease. The positive effects of the diet are far reaching and include lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, better blood glucose (sugar) control, better weight management, reduced risk of depression, as well as a lower incidence of some cancers, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The Mediterranean diet is centered on real, minimally processed foods such as whole grains, plenty of plant foods such as fruit and vegetables, as well as seafood and fish, yogurt, pulses, seeds and nuts. There is no need to give up your favorite foods, as the Mediterranean diet includes many of them, such as red wine, extra virgin olive oil,…

3 min.
the greek diet

Greece, with its 4,000-year old cuisine, is arguably the original home of the Mediterranean diet. Like other Mediterranean countries, cooking here is regionally diverse but shares common ingredients and principles. Over the years, islands like Ikaria and Crete have captured the attention of researchers and those in search of a healthier diet. In these places, residents live rich, long lives, many making it to 100 years old and beyond. Not only that, they enjoy lower rates of diseases that plague modern life; Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, heart disease and obesity. It’s part of what’s known as The Blue Zone, which refers to places in the world that are proven pockets of longevity and where people are, in general, healthier. Ikaria, a 10-hour ferry-ride from Athens, is particularly isolated from the stresses of…

3 min.
the spanish diet

Because of the great size of Spain as a country, its cuisine is extremely regional. The mountainous north experiences chilling winters so food is hearty and filling. Andalusia, in the south, has a warmer climate and much lighter food. With thousands of miles of coastline, parts of Spain, like Andalusia, are quintessentially Mediterranean. Plenty of tomatoes and pepers, garlic, onions, beans, lentils and chickpeas, rice, good bread and liberal amounts of red wine characterize the traditional diet here. It’s rich in fiber and antioxidants, derived from fresh herbs, olives and a repertoire of daily dishes based on seasonal produce. Low in saturated fats, fish is the main protein source and the range of seafood available is mind-boggling. Andalusia is also among the world’s largest producers of olive oil, which is…

3 min.
the italian diet

Italy was unified as a single nation in the 1860s, but before then it comprised small, independent states each with, literally, their own distinctive flavors. A long finger of a country surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the Adriatic on the other, food traditions are influenced by fishing and farming. Clear regional differences still abound and nowhere is this more evident than in the cuisine. In parts of the north, fresh pasta and dairy foods hold sway; cooks are more likely to use butter than olive oil and dishes can be opulent. In other areas there’s more frugality; Tuscany’s bread and tomato soups reflect this. However, no matter where you look in Italy, vegetables, dried beans and legumes, cereals like rice, farro and polenta and, around coastal…

3 min.
the french diet

From accents and culture, to lifestyle and food, regional differences abound in France. In southern France, you couldn’t be further from the butter-rich cuisine of the northwest or the lard and sausage-laden dishes of the mountainous southeast. Blessed by a sunny climate that brings long, hot, dry summers, France’s Mediterranean areas, which include the region of Provence, are famous for almonds, olives, chickpeas, garlic, honey and stunning local fruit crops (figs, apricots, strawberries, cherries, melons). These all play a big part in the traditional diet, which is based on olive oil as the main fat and is particularly rich in fresh vegetables. Cooking meals from scratch using fresh local ingredients from local markets or growers, is key to the southern French way of life. All across France, there’s a genuine…