if you read and follow the very simply guidance to simple eating as presented in this book. As we've read in recent years, the secret to long and happy and productive life is what we eat and how we exercise. The Mediterranean diet is very probably the ultimate solution. Anyone who has been to Italy and Greece and was conscious of how those people eat can't help but notice that high carbo, high fat, junk food for the most part is not on the menu. We are literally eating ourselves to death in this country and diabetes is at epidemic levels. This book describes an eating regimen that is simple, very tasty, and easy to incorporate into your lifestyle. Have you ever eaten a Greek salad with the feta cheese and olives and fresh lemon juice and Greek oregano and excellent extra virgin olive oil? There are many excellent elegant recipes like that in this book and I urge you to get it and make it the bible of your eating life; it may just be what saves it.
I'm trying to incorporate more vegetables as well as follow a Mediterranean diet. This book is wonderful. The Classic Greek Bean Soup is delicious, Grape leaves stuffed with hummus? Yum! Very easy recipes. Easy to find ingredients. Author gives you a short introduction on some recipes, as well as some good substitutions of ingredients.
For those not in the know, my title is from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," in which John Corbett plays Ian Miller, a vegetarian high school teacher. His fiancee Toula's Greek family doesn't understand the meat-free concept. Thankfully, Diane Kochilas, author of several definitive cookbooks on Greek cuisine, does.
Although your first impression of Greek food might be the flaming cheese appetizer saganaki or greasy lamb or chicken gyros, many Greek recipes were meatless, particularly those that coincided with the fasting required by the Greek Orthodox calendar (48 days before Easter, 40 days before Christmas, and lesser fasting periods throughout the year in which meat and animal products were not allowed). The Lenten dishes in particular, called Lathera ("oiled"), consist of hearty bean stews, stewed eggplants, and other braised dishes with loads of olive oil as flavoring agent.
In addition to a brief cultural and culinary history of the Greek Islands, Kochilas also...
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