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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Rev Upd edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060578785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060578787
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marissa Cloutier, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian with a master of science degree in human nutrition and metabolism from Boston University. She is a food/nutrition instructor at Briarwood College, as well as a biology and anatomy/physiology instructor at Hillyer College. She was recently admitted into the Ph.D. program at the University of Connecticut in the field of nutrition. She is an expert co-author, with Eve Adamson and Deborah S. Romaine, of Beef Busters: Less Beef, Better Health!

Eve Adamson is a six-time New York Times bestselling author and multiple-award-winning freelance writer who has written or cowritten more than sixty books, most recently the #1 New York Times bestselling book The Fast Metabolism Diet with celebrity nutritionist Haylie Pomroy, the New York Times science bestseller Jennifer's Way with actress Jennifer Esposito, and all four of TV star Bethenny Frankel's bestselling books.

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Customer Reviews

The book is very interesting with a lot of good information.
S. Wiles
In fact, it was due to the similarity of The Sonoma Diet that I purchased this book, and now I'm not sure it was a good use of my money.
Diet Diva
This is a good book with lots of good recipes in it which is what I was looking for.
S. Efant

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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful By gay denesse on July 6, 2005
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This book is packed with information, and confirms what I always felt to be true about nutrition. There aren't alot of recipies, which only reflects on the simplicity of the Mediterranean style of eating. I have dozens of cookbooks, I really didn't need another one. With this book, I was inspired to use all of the fresh produce that I already enjoyed, but in a simpler and healthier way. I was also able to release any guilt about using whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, just because it was a carb, or just because it was a fat. It really makes sense to me. Keep it simple. Leave out the processing.
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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Sharon K. Lewis on March 30, 2005
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I really liked reading the Mediterranean Diet book. It is very imformative and helpful in giving out good common sense nutritional information. I have not tried any of the recipes in the book yet, but I plan to in the future. I have been eating a "Mediterranean style" diet for the past year and I have lost 20 pounds and feel better. I do not cook a lot of fancy gourmet meals, but I cook very simple meals made from natural ingredients. I avoid fast food and highly processed food as much as possible. I eat more fresh fruits, veggies, whole grain cereals and good quality fish and chicken. I use extra-virgin olive oil in most of my cooking and limit my intake of sugar and processed sweets. Most of my snacks and "desserts" consists of fruit,plain yogurt,olives, nuts and other natural foods. I feel much better since I stopped eating all the processed fast food junk loaded with chemicals. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to learn how to eat healthy. If the food is natural and unprocessed and doesn't have any artificial ingredients, then it is healthy.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A customer on July 9, 2006
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Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet is one of the safest and healthiest in the world. People who follow it have significantly lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. This book offers dietary wisdom and practical advice in language that is easy to understand. In addition to providing nutritional information, an eating plan, and an exercise plan, it emphasizes the importance of strong social ties and of dealing with stress efficiently.

The Mediterranean diet works because one can stay with it for life without feeling deprived. There is ample variety, the dishes are not difficult to prepare, and the ingredients are generally inexpensive. When combined with moderate exercise and reduced levels of stress, it can help to maintain good health as well as proper weight. Having said this, however, there is a larger aspect to the Mediterranean diet, which the authors of this book make clear: it is part of an overall philosophy of life in which food is treated with reverence and is savored in an atmosphere that celebrates the joy of sharing with family and friends. Eating healthful food is essential, but it is not enough.

As far as recipes are concerned, although this book does include some I think you will be able to enjoy Mediterranean food more fully if you take advantage of actual cookbooks that are devoted to the subject of Mediterranean cuisine. For health-conscious cooks who are unwilling to renounce the pleasures of eating well, one of the very best is Sonia Uvezian's "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen," which I use regularly and which features hundreds of authentic recipes for great-tasting, nutritious, and satisfying dishes.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Granny on May 30, 2007
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If you are looking for a book written specifically for losing weight, this is not the book for you.(There is one chapter on losing weight.) If you are looking for a book to help you determine the best diet for good health, this is the book for you.


Very well organized

Very well researched

Very detailed


Includes the Mediterranean lifestyle as important as the diet


Although the author, a dietitian, says the Mediterranean Diet is the best for health, she chooses to change it by adding canola oil and decreasing the amount of eggs allowed.

One needs to do research on canola oil before using it as freely as olive oil. Canola oil is a modern phenomena, unlike olive oil that has been used successfully for centuries.

The author discusses a study that showed, along the Mediterranean coast of Spain, eggs were eaten at almost every meal, but heart attacks were a rarity. But, still, the author suggests eating no more than four eggs a week. Modern science has determnined that eggs do not affect cholesterol levels and if eggs high in omega-3 are chosen, they can be beneficial.

I think the book would have been improved if she had just reported the research that shows the Mediterranean Diet to be healthy instead of adding her own "knowledge" that contradicts this historically healthy diet.

There are a few recipes at the end that I have not tried yet, so can't review that portion of the book.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Kimo Hinalanai on April 15, 2012
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I am a dietitian who has practiced the Mediterranean way of life for over ten years and a similar way of living my entire life. I do not advocate this way of life in my professional practice, however, many of my clients have chosen to follow it on their on. Occasionally I will get questions directly related to the Mediterranean way of life. I was bemused, however, when one of my clients asked me about using Margarine in her cooking, I thought it was obvious in this day and age that if you want to be healthy that you avoid this and ALL MAN MADE ARTIFICIAL FOODS. When I questioned her about it she told me about this cook book and some of the ingredients listed.
I purchased a copy of it for myself and now I am letting everyone know that this is not the way. The recipes in this book are fine as long as you are aware that many of the ingredients used are not right. DO NOT use Margarine and avoid Canola oil these products did not exist during the time period that the diet is based on and they are not part of the menu. Be careful when choosing to use canned low-sodium anything, read the label to make sure that the salt was not replaced with MSG. As for Fat Free or Reduced Fat; Milk, Sour Cream and Yogurt, they are ok but not recommended by anyone who follows the diet correctly. Again, these products did not exist during the time period. This way of eating is a balance of good and bad fats that help to offset each other, dairy fats are good for your body and it is important to get the proper amount of them into this diet.
The list of ingredients called for in this book that should not be in your diet is too long to list here. Just use the old rule of thumb that goes with this way of life; If it did not exist before 1950 it is not part of the diet. Bon appetit.
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