Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Type: Digital Advanced Reading Copy
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
Publication Date: October 14, 2013
First Line: "Kebabs, gyros and falafels ... not the usual fare that comes to mind when you think of what's best to eat on a diet."
Book Description from GoodReads: It’s true—a diet including pasta, cheese, wine, and dessert really can trim your waistline and improve your overall health. A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine proves that adopting a Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease while keeping your taste buds satisfied. Full of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, fish, and poultry, this high-protein diet will never leave you feeling hungry. Praised by the New York Times and food expert Mark Bittman, this is a plan you’ll want to stick to for life.
These flavorful, colorful, and easy-to-prepare dishes provide plenty of variety for every meal of the day. Enjoy delicious recipes such as:
· Asparagus-Romano Frittata
· Chicken Gyros
· Santa Fe Falafel
· Sizzling Steak Kebabs
· Red Wine–Poached Salmon
· Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Blackberrry Sauce
This collection makes it easy to stay healthy without feeling deprived. Start enjoying fresh and exotic meals inspired by the traditional eating habits of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Note: My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Integrated Media for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
My Review: Mediterranean fare is definitely at the top of my favourite cuisines. There's just something so fresh about it. It's taking relatively simple ingredients and putting them together in a way to showcase each of their unique flavours. It doesn't hurt that some of my favourite foods (artichokes, chickpeas, fish, lemon, tomatoes and olives) are well featured in many Mediterranean recipes either.
This cookbook is a compilation of recipes from various editors from some of America's top magazines including 'Woman's Day', 'Eating Light' and 'Good Housekeeping' among others. It's filled with beautiful colour pictures that help to entice the reader and makes it easy for the home cook to get an idea about what the dish will look like. I also enjoyed the addition of the interesting Side Bar tips, tricks and extra information that were throughout the book. These included information on various grains, Roasted Veggies 101 and skewering techniques to make things easier while you're preparing your dish.
Delicious Mediterranean Diet Recipes is broken down in to several concise categories: A Healthy Start, Midday Meals, Starters, Sides and Apps, Dinner and Sweet Endings. There were so many recipes within this cookbook that I wanted to try and, while I was able to make a couple of recipes before reviewing the book, I plan to go back and try several more. Let's just say there will be some frittatas, kebabs and Greek turkey burgers on the Bookworm Family table very soon.
Initially, I will admit, I was a little nervous about reviewing a 'diet' recipe book because sometimes the term 'diet' means substituting higher fat ingredients with something that doesn't resemble the original ingredient in taste or texture. As a devout lover of food I will usually choose flavour (and smaller portion size) over skimping on a few calories. If this is your similar fear, fear no more.
While this is a diet cookbook it doesn't lack in flavour and I think that has a lot to do with the wonderful spices, citrus etc as well as cooking techniques that are used in the recipes. Mediterranean food is fresh, cooked simply for the maximum flavour ... and I love that.
This book was concise, well written and I think would make a wonderful addition to any kitchen trove of cookbooks.
My Rating: 4/5 stars