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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
The mediterranean way of eating is one of the most studied and healthful ways of eating known to medical science so you should be eating this way if you want to maintain your health and minimize your chances of suffering from heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes, etc. (which are in large part caused by following the standard American diet).

That said, this simple little book is the key to making the change from your standard American diet to this new (to most of us), healthful way of eating. Actually, this diet (i.e. way of eating) is very old and is not a new or "fad" diet.

Fruit & Vegetables, Beans, Nuts, Fish and Seafood, Healthy Fats/Oils, Whole Grains, a little Poultry, even less Red Meat, Eggs, some Dairy (Cheese & Yogurt), Herbs for seasoning, and Wine to drink (optional).

In a series of four, weekly, "meal plans" (including the recipes) it takes you through a variety of different mediterranean (or mediterranean inspired) dishes (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and includes many hints and tips for cooking, substitutions, shopping, etc. The recipes are mostly very quick and easy to make once you've procured the (few) ingredients. The few that take longer generally need to marinate. Some are as simple as a plate of sliced tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with crumbled Feta cheese. Add a slice of wholemeal bread or toast spread with Hummus or Guacamole and your healthy, light lunch is complete. Delicious but so quick and easy.

A few of the recipes/meal ideas, are variations on a theme though (e.g. salads), so some can be a bit samey, but you can just pick the ones you like; it's not a rigid plan. I won't say they all taste fantastic, nor could they with such few ingredients, but pretty much all that I've tried I've enjoyed. "Quick", "easy" and "healthy" is the focus of this book though, it's not haute cuisine with loads of obscure ingredients. In fact, your local supermarket should have all the ingredients you'll need and often you'll be using convenience foods (e.g. canned chick peas, frozen shrimp, etc.) along with fresh ingredients.

You won't starve with the portions they recommend either (they're actually quite generous IMO) and each day's meal plan averages 1500-1600 calories (which for most people, constitutes a weight-loss diet).

So! If the mediterranian way of eating is new to you, this is THE place to start. The publisher's web-site also has many, many more recipes when you get bored with the ones in this book.

Buy it, use it, possibly lose (and certainly maintain your) weight and live longer.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2013
Our family has been using this book excluslively for about a month and are very impressed. The recipes are easy to follow and ingredients are easy to find. A lot of meals only take 10 to 15 minutes to prepare. The best part is that I never get that "hungry" or missing feeling you get from most diets. I started exercises and this diet at the same time and have lost over 15 lbs. I didn't realize that I wasnt getting enough calories because I felt full and now have to eat more to maintain weight. There are many satisfying meals to choose from. If your diet now consists of fruits, chicken, lots of vegetables and fish then the mediterranean diet would be simple for you to switch to and have found that 95% of the recipes in this book are great. My wife and I love the meals and my 3 and 6 year old are on board for about 75% of the meals.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
This little booklet is full of delicious, easy to prepare recipes. It's nicely illustrated and is just fun to read, as well. I've gotten more great recipes out of this book than some of the bigger, more expensive books I have purchased.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
I've been an admirer of Oldways for many years. They tirelessly advocate for a way of eating that demonstrably lengthens life span while reducing rates of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and dementia. Especially when compared to the standard American diet.

I'm glad to see Oldways present a four-week plan that helps the average person incorporate Mediterranean diet principles into daily life. These recipes are simple, practical, and delicious. No need for exotic ingredients or culinary classes!

Get started soon. You won't regret it.

-Steve Parker, M.D., author of Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet

Disclosure: Olways gave me with a pre-publication review copy of the book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
This book is perfect for the quick understanding of the Mediterranean Diet. The book's set-up is intuitive and even fun. Daily menus are on the left side of the page and corresponding recipes are on the right.The accompanying pictures are colorful, increasing recognition and mental association with the information. The book is easy to follow - you don't have to slog through it to locate what you're looking for. The recipes we have tried are simple but really tasty. The book approaches the implementation of the diet realistically - recognizing that most people work and "have a life", so suggestions keep with the tenets of the regimen, but ingredients are those that are readily available. There were many choices offered for Mediterranean Diet Cookbooks, but I'm really glad I chose this one as an introduction, for it's simplicity but also for it's conciseness.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
I love mediterranian style cooking, and wanted to get healthier. I have a good number of mediterranian books already, but decided to purchase this anyway. I'm so glad I did! The others sit on my shelf due to lack of time to cook...this book is by far the simplest, easiest book on mediterranian eating I have seen. I have been following the menu plan for several days and my energy is skyrocketed, I swear my cut healed faster (I had cut my hand just before starting), and it is just plain awesome. Buy this book!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
My cardiologist mentioned a Mediterranean Diet as being very heart healthy. Although I had some idea of what that was, this little book really helped us get started
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
This has great menus and recipes, but for one or two people, the day-to-day variety would require massive shopping. And there's no shopping list, no use of leftovers, no reuse of basic perishable ingredients within the perishable time for what one cannot buy a cup of. While the ideas are good, the author should have given this a bit more thought for an audience of less than a family of four or five and for those who live in the real world of not shopping several times a week.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2013
A nice little introduction for those curious about the Mediterranean Diet and a good start to the diet. At its low price, it's a good book for the beginner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
Although the book is rather small, it holds a great deal of good recipes. Not having eaten a Mediterranean diet prior to ordering the book I was not looking forward to cutting back on meat products (I do like steak, porkchops, etc.), but the non-meat recipes were excellent and beans do make an excellent replacement for meat products. I would not have believed this a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I would recommend the book to anyone considering a change in eating habits.
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