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Review: 500 Mediterranean Dishes by Valentia Sforza

[ 4 ] July 2, 2011 |

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

500 Mediterranean Dishes, a chunky half book, is no slouch. If the readers are unfamiliar with Mediterranean food, they will be encouraged to try some of these recipes at the first opportunity. The Lebanese Red Lentil Soup or the Gazpacho are amazingly simple dishes that anyone can try with ease.

The foods of the region are full of flavor with simple spices such as onion and cumin, or fresh herbs such as cilantro and fennel. There are easy recipes, with full color photos of finished dishes throughout. For example, the Baked Stuffed Baby Squid on a bed of fennel is made with some unfamiliar ingredients (chorizo) and some familiar ingredients (fennel bulbs, feta or goat cheese) for an amazing combination. Each recipe is described in easy to read language, with suggested side dishes and possible variations on the pages following the recipe.

The foods typical of this region are good for your health and body, with little red meat, high in vegetables, fruits and whole grains. The author of 500 Mediterranean Dishes point out that there is no one Mediterranean diet, since the region is made up of 21 countries all with their own unique takes on traditional and standard foods.

500 Mediterranean Dishes is small enough to fit into a bag to read at the doctor’s office or to take with you to the beach house for vacation. I would highly recommend getting this book to spice up your weekly family menus or just to try something new and experience food from a different culture.

Rating: 5/5

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Sellers Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction

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    Esme says:

    This is my type of cookbook-Mediterranean cooking is one of my favorites. I am happy to see that they acknowledge that with 21 countries in the region the food is similar yet different.

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    Colleen Turner says:

    I love Mediterranean food but can feel slightly anxious about cooking it myself. This sounds like it would make me feel a little more at ease and more likely to continue honing my skills :). I will keep my eyes open for this one!

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    Carol Wong says:

    Would love to spend some time with this book. The mediterranen area is made up of quite a view countries. I love trying out diiferent recipes around the world. I have a cookbook that has world wiede recipes that I have worn out, the pages are falling out! This book sounds wonderful.

    Carol Wong

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    Anna says:

    This sound like a wonderful book. I am going to B&N to buy it now!

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