The book: Ikaria by Diane Kochilas
The angle: On this Greek island, the Mediterranean diet isn't a diet; it's a lifestyle.
Recipes for right now: Ikarian Fish Soup with Avgolemono, Lentil Soup with Sage and Chili Pepper, Longevity Greens and Pumpkin Pie, Potatoes Braised with Wild Fennel, Lemony Chickpeas Braised with Chard and Dill
Who would enjoy this book? Greek food fans, folks shifting toward healthier eating habits.
• Who wrote it: Diane Kochilas
• Who published it: Rodale Books
• Number of recipes: Over 100
• Other highlights: OK, the people of Ikaria didn't exactly "invent" the Mediterranean diet, but the traditional foods of this island are about as close to original as you can get. Chef Diane Kochilas grew up on the island and is the perfect interpreter to bring these traditional Greek foods to a wider audience. This cookbook is also a mini-trip: interspersed with the recipes are stories of the people living on the island, meditations on their longevity-enhancing lifestyle, and thoughts on bringing that bits of their world into yours.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Ikaria by Diane Kochilas
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