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More than a mix of rich history, gorgeous beaches, and warm blue waters, the countries along the Mediterranean Sea and their people have a history of living longer and healthier lives and you can too! By simply following a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, even drinking wine with meals, you can prevent diseases and prolong your More than a mix of rich history, gorgeous beaches, and warm blue waters, the countries along the Mediterranean Sea and their people have a history of living longer and healthier lives and you can too! By simply following a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, even drinking wine with meals, you can prevent diseases and prolong your life. The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook is the only book needed to unleash the power of one of the world's healthiest diets. It integrates the latest research and clinical findings with 100 delicious, authentic, easy recipes and Mediterranean lifestyle tips while dispelling any myths and misinformation. Using the Mediterranean Pyramid as a guide, cuisine expert Amy Riolo gets to the core of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and explains what is eaten, when to eat it, and why. Each recipe in The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook contains a cultural tip from the Mediterranean region. Fun historical facts, legend, and lore, as well as nutritional information accompany each recipe. The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook features recipes from all countries in the region to include perennial favorites, little known treasures, and recent discoveries. Get ready to enjoy a healthy lifestyle that includes enticing, satisfying, recipes- great for family dinners and entertaining, for any and all occasions, to be appreciated by any palate. "Amy Riolo is a true guardian of the techniques and inherent goodness of the Mediterranean life style! Her food, her philosophy is an absolute pleasure to read and consume." - Chef Jason Roberts www.chefjasonroberts.com


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More than a mix of rich history, gorgeous beaches, and warm blue waters, the countries along the Mediterranean Sea and their people have a history of living longer and healthier lives and you can too! By simply following a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, even drinking wine with meals, you can prevent diseases and prolong your More than a mix of rich history, gorgeous beaches, and warm blue waters, the countries along the Mediterranean Sea and their people have a history of living longer and healthier lives and you can too! By simply following a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, even drinking wine with meals, you can prevent diseases and prolong your life. The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook is the only book needed to unleash the power of one of the world's healthiest diets. It integrates the latest research and clinical findings with 100 delicious, authentic, easy recipes and Mediterranean lifestyle tips while dispelling any myths and misinformation. Using the Mediterranean Pyramid as a guide, cuisine expert Amy Riolo gets to the core of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and explains what is eaten, when to eat it, and why. Each recipe in The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook contains a cultural tip from the Mediterranean region. Fun historical facts, legend, and lore, as well as nutritional information accompany each recipe. The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook features recipes from all countries in the region to include perennial favorites, little known treasures, and recent discoveries. Get ready to enjoy a healthy lifestyle that includes enticing, satisfying, recipes- great for family dinners and entertaining, for any and all occasions, to be appreciated by any palate. "Amy Riolo is a true guardian of the techniques and inherent goodness of the Mediterranean life style! Her food, her philosophy is an absolute pleasure to read and consume." - Chef Jason Roberts www.chefjasonroberts.com

30 review for The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: Harness the Power of the World's Healthiest Diet to Live Better, Longer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Lots of recipes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Trinity

    Interesting information. Recipes are ok, but neither tantalizing nor practical.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Really great intro with recipes that are simple enough for weekly rotations but complex enough in flavor to keep you interested and satisfied. I especially like how Riolo's work spans the entire Mediterranean--not just Italy and Greece (though those are still my favorites). A game-changer. My GP told me to try the Mediterranean Diet, but apparently it's going to be the trend (again) for 2019. You could do worse. All weight-loss diets claim they're "not a diet, but a lifestyle"--but in this case, Really great intro with recipes that are simple enough for weekly rotations but complex enough in flavor to keep you interested and satisfied. I especially like how Riolo's work spans the entire Mediterranean--not just Italy and Greece (though those are still my favorites). A game-changer. My GP told me to try the Mediterranean Diet, but apparently it's going to be the trend (again) for 2019. You could do worse. All weight-loss diets claim they're "not a diet, but a lifestyle"--but in this case, it's really true. You could eat like this, cutting out zero food groups or favorite dishes or treats, and eating to satiety, and be both healthier and less obsessed with food. I've been vegan, vegetarian, Whole30, paleo, and SAD; I am OVER diets. But, on doctor's orders, I am trying to incorporate more whole grains, fish, and (way, way more) fresh fruits and veggies into my diet, as well as replacing a lot of the butter I eat with olive oil. So this is great for me. Also: wine. I recommend this way of eating (note that the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid has a base not of food but of eating socially with friends and family, paired with healthy, enjoyable, sustainable movement!), and I also recommend this book as an introduction.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aprilleigh

    As should be expected from a Mediterranean diet cookbook, the section on meats is quite small (only six recipes, and only one using beef). The recipes, for the most part, are all relatively simple dishes that shouldn't be any challenge for the average home cook. Many of the basics are here, but not under the names you might be familiar with (Tzatziki, for example, is listed as Turkish Yogurt, Garlic, and Dill Sauce). Each recipe has a small box, labeled "Mediterranean Tradition," that contains a As should be expected from a Mediterranean diet cookbook, the section on meats is quite small (only six recipes, and only one using beef). The recipes, for the most part, are all relatively simple dishes that shouldn't be any challenge for the average home cook. Many of the basics are here, but not under the names you might be familiar with (Tzatziki, for example, is listed as Turkish Yogurt, Garlic, and Dill Sauce). Each recipe has a small box, labeled "Mediterranean Tradition," that contains a variety of interesting and useful tidbits about either the dish, one of the ingredients, or the cooking methods used in the recipe. There isn't a lot of information about the Mediterranean diet itself, which is fine since just about every other cookbook for the Mediterranean diet includes this information, but there is a short introduction. Overall, it's a useful collection of recipes, but nothing exceptional. The recipes are varied and appropriate, and well-represented in other collections. If the recipes themselves are new to you, this will make an excellent addition to your cookbook collection, but it isn't a must-have otherwise.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Weight Loss Program 2019: Simple, Easy & Mouthwatering Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss and Healthy Living by Penny Albritto Starts with a table of contents where the intro is about health benefits of the diet plan. Chapters are broken up into meal categories. Like that each section has a title but also background is a color that makes it noteable and easy to find. Each recipe starts with a title, prep and cook time and servings. Color photo and list of ingredients and h The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Weight Loss Program 2019: Simple, Easy & Mouthwatering Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss and Healthy Living by Penny Albritto Starts with a table of contents where the intro is about health benefits of the diet plan. Chapters are broken up into meal categories. Like that each section has a title but also background is a color that makes it noteable and easy to find. Each recipe starts with a title, prep and cook time and servings. Color photo and list of ingredients and how to make the dish. Nutritional info also highlighted in color has calories, calories from fat, total fat, sat fat and cholesterol are noted. You should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar and low fat products and fresh vs canned. Some recipes have a LOT of ingredients, be sure to get them ready to use before you cook. Some recipe also use metric measurements mixed in with American ones. Not every recipe starts at the top of a new page. There are so many listed that I can't wait to try. With my healthier substitutions this book is A KEEPER!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Osborne

    I enjoyed the information on the Mediterranean Diet in this book and the photography is beautiful, but I found a lot of the recipes to be overly complicated with unnecessary language. It makes the recipes seem intimidating to the casual cook when the author could have simplified a bit. Not a user friendly cookbook.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    A wonderful reference tool for those looking for great ideas to "harness the power of the world's healthiest diet" as the book's cover says. Great, healthy and absolutely delicious recipes. Very inspiring both for those new to the Mediterranean Diet plan and like me, someone looking for a reboot and simple, easy-to-follow recipes. A wonderful reference tool for those looking for great ideas to "harness the power of the world's healthiest diet" as the book's cover says. Great, healthy and absolutely delicious recipes. Very inspiring both for those new to the Mediterranean Diet plan and like me, someone looking for a reboot and simple, easy-to-follow recipes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Full of helpful information This book helped me to understand the basics of the Mediterranean Diet. I wish there were more pictures for the recipes and a meal plan. Some of the ingredients will require going to a special store or shopping online. But that said, I am glad I read it and will try some of the recipes!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    I routinely borrow diet cookbooks from the library. And I’ve been successful in locating a few worthwhile recipes in most. I’m also a big believer in the Mediterranean Diet. This book didn’t provide any recipes to try.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dax

    I love Riolo's writing and the broader look into food she has. A lot of the Mediterranean books I've been reading have been very whitewashed as to which countries they even speak of. I haven't tried a recipe yet but the information instead is great!! I love Riolo's writing and the broader look into food she has. A lot of the Mediterranean books I've been reading have been very whitewashed as to which countries they even speak of. I haven't tried a recipe yet but the information instead is great!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I liked this cookbook because it give gluten-free alternatives for many recipes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Juno

    Eh

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Good and interesting info. Not a ton of recipes but some look tasty and I will try some!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Zak

    Somewhat disappointed in book. Recipes do not include nutritional values, no calories, no fat, fiber, or other information. Will look elsewhere for more recipes

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Interesting but not very practical

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kasi

    Clear, concise, easy to read. Informative and also practical for those of us who aren't chef's. I look forward to trying a number of these recipes. Clear, concise, easy to read. Informative and also practical for those of us who aren't chef's. I look forward to trying a number of these recipes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Kissam

    Who wouldn’t want to start their day with the Egyptian blessing, “bilhanna wi sheaf” or “pleasure and health” before each meal? Who wouldn’t love to adhere to the following ground rules for rewarding family meals? No television or electronics. No off limits or unpleasant topics. Dress for the meal. Set an attractive a table as possible. Discuss pleasant topics and good news. Believe it or not, this is the cornerstone of The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook and the lifestyle it showcases. As au Who wouldn’t want to start their day with the Egyptian blessing, “bilhanna wi sheaf” or “pleasure and health” before each meal? Who wouldn’t love to adhere to the following ground rules for rewarding family meals? No television or electronics. No off limits or unpleasant topics. Dress for the meal. Set an attractive a table as possible. Discuss pleasant topics and good news. Believe it or not, this is the cornerstone of The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook and the lifestyle it showcases. As author Amy Rolo says, “Food should be about equal parts health and enjoyment.” If that philosophy turns into a diet and cookbook, all the better. The heart-healthy Mediterranean diet is quite simple. It is a healthy eating plan based on typical foods and recipes of Mediterranean-style cooking. This cookbook takes that basic idea and rolls it up into the philosophy of living each day with both pleasure and health in mind. Forget the whole “diet” part. It’s a healthy lifestyle of eating delicious nutritious foods using simple, make ahead (or not) dishes and snacks that will work with anyone’s schedule. It simply asks the reader to treat food, family, and friends as if they are the most important part of their life. The Key components of the Mediterranean diet include: Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month (less than a pound). Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week. Drinking red wine in moderation (optional). Recognizing the importance of being physically active, and enjoying meals with family and friends. Overall, a very simple plan with some lovely social benefits. Amy’s cookbook offers easy to make tasty recipes, real health benefits and easy change. Featuring 100 recipes from 25 countries with numerous beautiful full color pictures and “Mediterranean Tradition” tips, it’s a must- have resource for your kitchen and your health. To show just how great this cookbook is, the author has generously shared one of her recipes. Once you try it, you’ll understand why this cookbook needs to be part of your journey to good. Trout Cooked in Parchment/Trota al cartoccio recipe Click here http://www.examiner.com/review/the-ul...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adrianne

    Rather than "Diet" in the cookbook title, I would change the word "Diet" to "Eating Lifestyle." As the author, Any Riolo explains, "To my grandmothers, food was also medicine and they had an edible remedy for almost every ailment.. Eating in restaurants and taking medicine began to replace homemade food and natural remedies." Amy shows us The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid where we discover "the base of the Pyramid shows the importance Mediterranean cultures place on enjoying meals with others and b Rather than "Diet" in the cookbook title, I would change the word "Diet" to "Eating Lifestyle." As the author, Any Riolo explains, "To my grandmothers, food was also medicine and they had an edible remedy for almost every ailment.. Eating in restaurants and taking medicine began to replace homemade food and natural remedies." Amy shows us The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid where we discover "the base of the Pyramid shows the importance Mediterranean cultures place on enjoying meals with others and being physically active. Regardless of religion, ethnicity, or language, the people of the Mediterranean region share a common desire to spend time eating and socializing with friends." "Many doctors are recommending the Mediterranean diet to combat chronic inflammation, which is an underlying cause or factor in many illnesses, from allergies and arthritis to autoimmune diseases and even cancer." As I read through the recipes I felt inspired to prepare them and taste my way around the different regions of the Mediterranean while I improved my food choices and health. I appreciated the educational sections and guidance like "Look for scallops labeled dry, that is not soaked in TSP" and to shop for "Pure Cinnamon - Sri Lankan cinnamon or Ceylon cinnamon") as well as the "Gluten Free Alternative" being offered where appropriate. Amy shares that "Whenever you find yourself eating in someone’s home for dinner in the South of France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, or practically any other country in the region, large trays of fruit will be served after a meal." I agree fruit is a great sweet dessert alternative to the cakes, pies, cookies, ice cream we tend to see offered here in the U.S. but I'm thinking a great compromise will be the Almond–Stuffed Figs in Chocolate Sauce/Ficchi al Cioccolato :-) Overall, it's nice to be reminded "cooking was not a mundane chore, but a form of magic that could unite people across distances and time."

  19. 4 out of 5

    J Earl

    The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Amy Riolo will be a great addition to any library and particularly to anyone wanting to stick to such a diet. The recipes included are simple to prepare, even for a middling cook such as myself, and will please any palate. The recipes call for a good deal of prep simply because they use fresh vegetables but there are some instances where Riolo offers prepared alternatives (the strained tomatoes in the pizza recipe comes to mind because it was the first The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Amy Riolo will be a great addition to any library and particularly to anyone wanting to stick to such a diet. The recipes included are simple to prepare, even for a middling cook such as myself, and will please any palate. The recipes call for a good deal of prep simply because they use fresh vegetables but there are some instances where Riolo offers prepared alternatives (the strained tomatoes in the pizza recipe comes to mind because it was the first recipe I made). She also tells us how long things will last either in the refrigerator or freezer which will help when making shopping and/or meal plans. While this book does not have an extremely large number of recipes I found that to be a plus for it. I can easily become overwhelmed when a cookbook has so many recipes and I am trying to make a decision for now or tomorrow. With the variations she suggests for them (such as gluten-free as well as ingredient substitutions) there are more ideas here than first apparent. Add in the tendency most of us have to make our own (often ill-advised) changes this collection of recipes will allow a new Mediterranean diet follower to ease into a delicious diet or simply offer the cook who wants something different some great alternatives. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys eating and also enjoys preparing healthy delicious meals. The ways in which the flavors blend are absolutely delightful and will please everyone from children to the pickiest guest. Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via Edelweiss.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Penmouse

    The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Amy Riolo contains plenty of Mediterranean recipes that will help anyone interested in eating the Mediterranean way. Riolo documents the health benefits of eating the Mediterranean diet chapter by chapter throughout her book. I loved Riolo’s “ground rules” for family eating. Riolo recommends there be no TV or electronics during mealtime. She also writes the meal should contain pleasant chat, appropriate attire, an attractive meal setting, and the discus The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Amy Riolo contains plenty of Mediterranean recipes that will help anyone interested in eating the Mediterranean way. Riolo documents the health benefits of eating the Mediterranean diet chapter by chapter throughout her book. I loved Riolo’s “ground rules” for family eating. Riolo recommends there be no TV or electronics during mealtime. She also writes the meal should contain pleasant chat, appropriate attire, an attractive meal setting, and the discussion of pleasant topics while eating. The accompanying photographs are truly lovely as they clearly illustrate the different foods or recipes being presented in the cookbook. At the end of the book you will find a bibliography and acknowledgements. Some of the recipes you will find in her cookbook include: Whole Wheat Pizza Herb and Rice --- Stuffed Grape Leaves Potatoes with Kale, Garlic, Olive Oil, and Chile Pepper Egyptian Cream of Lentil Soup Quick Italian Pickles Herb-Marinated Mozzarella Greek-Style Roasted Fish Sizzling Rosemary Shrimp over Polenta Roman Tavola Calda-Style Roasted Chicken with Potatoes Spiced Greek Yogurt with Apricots Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from Edelweiss

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet is a perfect book for those of us who are new to the Mediterranean diet. Ms. Liolo writes about the history, philosophy and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet in clear and inviting language. There are gorgeous photos of the finished products of her recipes and luscious-looking fruits and vegetables. I enjoyed learning about the importance of eating and socializing with friends and family and its positive impact on health. But really, it all comes down to th The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet is a perfect book for those of us who are new to the Mediterranean diet. Ms. Liolo writes about the history, philosophy and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet in clear and inviting language. There are gorgeous photos of the finished products of her recipes and luscious-looking fruits and vegetables. I enjoyed learning about the importance of eating and socializing with friends and family and its positive impact on health. But really, it all comes down to the recipes. I made the Calabrian Chicken, Pepper, Tomato and Potato stew and it was eaten in about 1/2 minute. I also made the Borlotti Bean Soup with Basil. I was confused whether I should use canned beans or cook dried beans but could not find cranberry beans anyway so I used cooked white beans. It was delicious and even my fussy 10 year old ate some. Thank you Edelweiss for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Great mix of explaining why the Mediterranean food choices/lifestyle is a healthy choice...and providing delicious recipes we enjoyed. I borrowed this from my library so many times that I finally bought it for my kitchen bookshelf...and all the books on that shelf get used!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Didn't get any recipes from it but it was a great cookbook celebrating a healthy and wonderful way of life. Didn't get any recipes from it but it was a great cookbook celebrating a healthy and wonderful way of life.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lifeisadance

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deb Shambrook

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Ptacek

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elise

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Gonzales

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