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Improve your health, lose weight, and prevent and fight disease

Rather than focusing on restricting certain foods and ingredients, the Mediterranean diet embraces a variety of food choices that won't make eating healthy feel like a sacrifice. Promoting freshness, whole grains, healthy fats, more vegetables and less meat, proper portion control, and using items such as wine and olive oil to create rich flavors, Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies shows you how a delicious diet can be healthy and tasty.

  • Start exploring — discover how the Mediterranean lifestyle encompasses dietary habits, physical activity, stress management, and fun

  • Here's to a healthier you — delve into the benefits of a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, such as heart health, a reduced risk of cancer, and weight loss

  • Before things heat up — get meal -planning strategies, cooking tips, guidelines for stocking your kitchen, and grocery-shopping ideas

  • Start cookin' — from breakfasts and appetizers to dinners and desserts, find delicious recipes for any meal of the day

Open the book and find:

  • The health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet

  • Tips to make the switch to the Mediterranean diet

  • More than 160 delicious recipes for every meal and occasion

  • Timeless and contemporary Mediterranean dishes

  • How to satisfy your sweet tooth and still stick to a healthy diet plan

  • Ways to incorporate more plant-based foods in your diet

  • Increase your omega-3 intake

Learn to:

  • Make more than more than 160 delicious recipes inspired by the cuisines of Italy, Greece, Morocco, and Spain

  • Create a healthy lifestyle with Mediterranean cooking

  • Use ingredients like wine and olive oil to create rich and savory flavors

About the Author

Meri Raffetto, RD, is a registered dietitian and recognized professional in nutrition and wellness.

Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RD, has more than 10 years of experience working to enhance the nutrition and wellness of her clients.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118067789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118067789
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ML VINE VOICE on February 4, 2012
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Quick Summary: Lively writing; engaging introduction to the principles of traditional-ish Greek/Southern Italian/Moroccan/Middle Eastern-ish living and cooking; no-more-than moderately difficult and time-consuming recipes with mostly easily-obtained ingredients; good variety of recipes, from breakfast suggestions to side dishes, entrees, and dessert; resulting dishes turn out a bit bland, but should be easy to spice up.

Caveats: I am an unsophisticated cook with no-better-than-average kitchen skills. I hate following recipes. If my wife and I both followed the same recipe, her version would look and taste 50% to 75% better than mine.

Comments: So far, I've made five dishes from this cookbook: Chicken in Paprika Sauce, Moroccan Couscous, Pork Chops with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers, Baked Apples with Raisins and Walnuts, and Pancetta and Spinach Frittata. This is not a huge sample to judge from, I know, but the dishes do include a breakfast, a chicken entree, a pork entree, a side dish, and a dessert.

What I've found is this:

First, I made five recipes! I've been receiving "Eating Well" magazine for two years and they have plenty of attractive and healthy recipes but I haven't tried even one. In this cookbook, the dishes are appealing enough, the recipes easy enough (not EASY, but easy ENOUGH), the ingredients common enough, and the prep time brief enough to pull me in. That's marvelous.

Second, the resulting dishes taste good but not great. Except for the Chicken in Paprika Sauce, which came out on the bitter side, and the Moroccan Couscous, which has a very vibrant, fruity flavor, the dishes came out a bit bland. This is almost certainly a matter of personal taste.
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By Dale on December 26, 2011
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After purchasing several other mediterranean cookbooks, I have found this book to be the best for several reasons: The taste of the food, the intent and research behind the ingredients, the ease and speed of the recipes, and the credentials of the authors. That is pretty much the litmus test for me and this and this book makes the cut. I highly recommend this for the person that is looking for a complete guide and doesn't want to spend countless hours and dollars on mediocre solutions.
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Well, it's a "Dummies" series, not advanced cooking, keep that in mind. Very sound explaination outlining the health benefits of a "mediterranean" diet. Or is it just a healthy diet? Recommended to consume medium to small size portions of chicken and fish, limited red meats, lots of vegetables, less fruit. Use healthy fats like avocado, extra virgin olive oil, nuts. Limited grains. Which is a great diet in my opinion, keeps you away from chemical and sugar laden boxed foods and encourages fresh food with minimum cooking. The recipes are basic, easy to prepare and tasty. I feel if you are newer to cooking, this book will be better received than for experienced cooks who could toss some of these recipes together with no cookbook necessary.
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The great thing about For Dummies® Cookbooks is that they aren't just a book full of great recipes, but they're also a great resource for living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies® fits this bill. The book provides a great backdrop to eating well and cooking healthy meals. Chapter 1 introduces not only the Mediterranean Diet, but the lifestyle. The idea is to enjoy small portions of good food made with fresh ingredients, with a small glass of wine, and to be sure to include some fresh air and physical activity into your day also! In addition to the recipes, chapters include information about the health benefits of the diet, weight and appetite control, dealing with food cravings, the art of mindful eating, and grocery shopping and kitchen tips. Chapter 4 also dishes up some meal planning ideas for you, that take the thinking out of healthful, balanced eating! Some of the dishes are what my grandmother would have called "peasant food" because they are economical and nutritious...but also comforting and rich in flavor. The recipes include fresh ingredients and simple steps, with great results (i.e., delicious and pleasing to the eye). You won't be disappointed! Mangiare bene!
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I am NOT comfortable in the kitchen. I have tried a million cookbooks, meal deliveries, pre made dishes...you name it, I've tried it. I learned about this cookbook and the healthy eating that went along with it from some friends and decided that I would at least read it. I purchased the book before a flight overseas and spent 7 hours reading and rereading the recipes, the tips and the nutrition information that went along with it. I dogeared the recipes I thought I could get through and told the family that we would try it for a week when our trip was over. My husband was easy to win over, but the 2 little boys (6 and 3 years old) weren't so easy. After trying a few different recipes I actually started to enjoy being in the kitchen. I learned to cook with my hands AND my taste buds, altering the recipes a LITTLE here and there for my family's preferences. Two weeks later the kids were acclimated and we've been using the recipes at least 3 times a week since. My energy level is much better than before and we now enjoy family time in the kitchen while preparing the food, not just at the table. Wendy Jo and Meri did a wonderful job on this cookbook and I recommend it to people daily. Thank you guys for bringing out my inner Mediterranean chef.
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