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Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too: Eating to Be Sexy, Fit, and Fabulous! Hardcover – April 11, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060854219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060854218
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“I’d follow Chef Kelly anywhere… [Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too] is infused with her smart buoyant spirit . . . and her intriguing recipes.” (Michael Ruhlman, author of The Making of a Chef)

“[H]as a zest for life on every page and recipes that are full of flavor, intense, and passionate.” (Mark Miller, chef/owner Coyote Cafe, and author of THE GREAT CHILE BOOK)

“[D]eliciously advances the proposition that the good life and the well life are not only compatible, but indivisible.” (Bryan Miller, author of Cooking for Dummies and former restaurant critic for the New York Times)

About the Author

Chef Melissa Kelly named her restaurant Primo, located in Maine, after her grandfather, Primo Magnani, a local butcher. Primo has two satellites in Marriott hotels in Orlando and Tucson. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kelly is a 1999 James Beard Foundation Award winner.

Eve Adamson has authored or coauthored more than forty books, including The Mediterranean Diet. She lives with her family in Iowa City, where she cooks, gardens, and writes about food and holistic health.

Customer Reviews

It has totally changed the way I eat, and therefore the way I feel!
Heather L. Hurd
I actually have lost weight on Mireille's book, while this one is next to useless for me.
A wonderful book featuring high restaurant style for Mediterranean foods.
Mary El-Baz, PhD

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By WhitB on May 8, 2006
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Melissa Kelly has understood that quality food is the key to the Mediterranean diet, but her book "Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too" (Collins, 2006) is flawed.

Kelly does a good job of introducing an uninformed reader to the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. Her emphasis on eating real, high-quality food highlights one of the most important qualities of the Mediterranean diet. Her recipes and notes regarding serving sizes (especially with wine) are quite useful. Her tips in Chapter 11 of the book are great, and should have been the guide for the entire book. Anyone who follows the tips will be on the path to good health.

While I recommend the book for the above reasons, I believe that it is important to also note the flaws. First of all, Kelly notes various studies regarding the Mediterranean diet, but does not provide the sources of those studies either in the text or in a bibliography. It would be nice to be able to consult those sources about which she writes, and noting the sources would give her statements more substance. For this reason, the book seems more opinion-based than fact-based.

The main problem I have with this book is in the diet itself. Kelly mostly bases the diet that she describes on an Italian diet, but the meal she describes would not be eaten by Italians on a daily basis. A meal consisting of an aperative (which is hardly ever a martini in Italy, as Kelly states), antipasto, soup, pasta, a fish course, a meat course, salad, cheese and dessert could be found at Italian weddings or on special holidays, but a typical day would be quite different and significantly lighter. Kelly does reduce the meal components for her seven-day sample menu, however.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. A Carty on June 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love "diet" books and decided to read this one after completing similiar types of books from the French and Japanese perspective. I think this is the best of the three I have approached so far.

Like the other lifestyle diet books, Kelly focuses on eating what pleases you and making better choices. I, however, found her tips (except for eating fish) much easier to follow. She also did not come across as pretentious as some of the other aforementioned books.

Her reciepies are flavorful and easy to follow and her suggestions on organic markets (websites as well) is useful. I have developed a new fondness for organic/greek style yogurt.

This isn't really a diet book. It is promoting a lifestyle based on cooking for yourself and eating fresh foods. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and think Kelly does have good advise. I would definitely recommend this over the other "lifestyle diet" books.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Diana Faillace Von Behren TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2006
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Co-owner and chef of Primo restaurant in Rockland Maine, Melissa Kelly enthusiastically espouses the Mediterranean lifestyle in her new book, "Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too", an obvious take-off of the mega bestseller, "French Women Don't Get Fat" by Mireille Giuliano. Rather than focusing on the epicure wonders of one country, Kelly shoots for the melting-pot American approach of multiculturalism and sails the wine-dark sea in search of a metaphorically food-loving Ithaca.

Unlike Giuliano's vignette-styled success, Kelly takes a foodie's approach: food snobbery and sheer gastronomical delight reign supreme tempered with gluttonless slow eating and small portion sizes. Her best tip? Special treats like a scoop of gelato shouldn't be eaten every day, but when one indulges the three-bite rule should be enforced; delight in only three bites and then stop before excess rules over commonsense.

Kelly's book cruises along tracking other `real food' diet/lifestyle road maps like the "Sonoma" and "Fat Fallacy" regimes. If there is a difference its intaglio is the wealth of recipes that Kelly includes from seasonal staple dishes from menus of her famous restaurant composed of fresh ingredients facilitated by Primo's own vegetable and herb gardens. After explaining her Italian-American rearing on Long Island (you go girl---I am also an Italian American from Old Bethpage), she divides the book into familiar components---forgive my explanatory license here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Jewell on July 2, 2006
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This book is an inspiring addition to food and lifestyle books--Chef Melissa Kelly offers wise advice on what--and how--to eat, noting the flawed and dysfunctional relationship many Americans (myself included) have with food. Some of her key points are obvious: eat fresh, quality foods that are well-prepared, and slow down long enough to enjoy them (and realize when you've had enough). Fresh really is better--I've tried several recipes from the book, and find them easy to manage (though not simple), beautiful to look at, and delicious. My children (ages 6 and 3) are hooked on Kelly's pasta alla puttanesca recipe (I did cut down on the red pepper flakes). Kelly encourages a small glass of wine with dinner--the book is big on flavor, and low on restriction. I feel like I'm learning about food all over again, and I'm inspired by Chef Kelly to eat to be sexy, fit, and fabulous.
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