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The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life

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The eating style proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.


Renowned for its dazzling beauty and delectable cuisine, the Mediterranean island of Sicily has historically one of the healthiest diets in the world. Recent studies show that this eating style ca
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Published December 10th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published April 11th 2006)
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I bought this book because I had already made the decision to follow a Mediterranean diet, and I was looking for some tasty, easy recipes that I can fit into my very American lifestyle. This book really doesn't fulfill my expectations.

First, I was a little put off by the touch of pretentious. I really don't care what celebrity visits your family’s New York country home. I really don’t care what famous doctor requests recipes from your mother. If I had the time or money to keep a country home in
This book has good information about the basic principles and health advantages of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. However, Acquista only sporadically cites the research he mentions in support of his assertions as to why this diet is healthful frequently using phrases like "many studies have found..." Having done my own research on the Mediterranean diet, I don't doubt the truth of most of his assertions--I would simply like to know all his sources so that I might have the opportunity to e ...more
This book meets the basic criteria for someone interested in the Mediterranean Diet. It's given that eating more fruits and vegetables improves health and longevity. And of course, eating fish (check for mercury levels and environmentally friendly catching methods) is also a healthier option over red meat. He provides many resources including his own experiences to back up his info. But I found myself skimming over a lot of content. I think readers are more interested in HOW to incorporate healt ...more
The Mediterranean style of eating appeals to me, and Dr. Acquista does a good job of explaining the benefits of following this type of food plan. All through the book, he touts his recipes for their simplicity and raves on about how delicious they are. By the time I reached the recipe section of the book, the part in which I was most interested, I suffered a severe let down. While I do understand that the recipes are aimed at those who wish to lose weight and to do so quickly, the relative unori ...more
Andi Rae
I stumbled into this book somehow after a google about reduced sense of smell...anyway, it has changed my life in just one week. I am sold on the diet of the Mediterranean people! I have made 16 dishes so far and have never had food so deliciously seasoned that I prepared!!! It's a game changer for me and my family. This kind of cooking, using so many veggies, that actually tastes good and has health benefits? It's a dream come true :)
This book was ok, I ended up being distracted by the author's love of his own cooking, which seems odd as he certainly must be a good cook to have a cookbook. Also, I turned out not liking the weight-loss solution tone of the book. I am not so much a diet person, but I am trying to pull and understand elements of this vast way of life to improve the quality and health of my cooking. Overall it was ok.
Julie H.
Good common sense, not too preachy (which can be a concern with this sort of book), and some helpful menu plans. You will find a few suprises (i.e., counterintuitive things), so well worth a peruse.
Jessi Bishop-Royse
This is a great book for people considering the Mediterranean diet. It makes a great case for how to get kids on board. I would have liked more science and fewer anecdotes, but that is just me.
4 stars for the content only (I've lost 2 lbs in 2 weeks and my clothes fit so much better - yay!). His writing deserves 3 stars, he goes on and on and his little stories are annoying.
Bonnie Kelly
Another good resource for those following the Mediterranean diet. Would like to see more recipes for the average person - with readily available product.
Easy to read and great recipes. I used this as a template a few years ago to change my eating habits. Getting ready to pull it out and re-read!
Two of my friends swear by this book. It's not a diet, but a healthy way of living. Great for veggie lovers and I lost 7 pounds.
john k. bisset
Some good recipes , but I don't see it changing my life!
Some good recipes but take too much time!
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