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The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100

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Best-selling author Dan Buettner debuts his first cookbook, filled with 100 longevity recipes inspired by the Blue Zones locations around the world, where people live the longest.

Building on decades of research, longevity guru Dan Buettner has gathered 100 recipes inspired by the Blue Zones, home to the healthiest and happiest communities in the world. Each dish--for examp
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by National Geographic
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Lindsey I agree this is confusing, and could have been written better by the recipe writers. I’m a chef, and have made tons of granola for restaurants and in …moreI agree this is confusing, and could have been written better by the recipe writers. I’m a chef, and have made tons of granola for restaurants and in my home kitchen. Without having made these exact recipes this is my advice: I would interpret the “basic recipe” as the oats, coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, and cinnamon. For the Granola Mexican I would add the ingredients listed before baking, and then add nuts and optional mix ins. For the Chai-spiced I would add the additional spices before baking, and then add in the candied ginger after. For the Power granola I would add the shredded coconut before baking, and the other ingredients after baking (do keep an aye on the coconut by staring it around on the tray if it looks like it’s getting too brown.) Personally I like using coconut chips, toasting them separately and then mixing them in. Hope this helps!(less)
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Have you heard of the Blue Zones? Those regions of the world known for the longevity of their populations? Ever since reading and listening to How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger, I am all about using food as medicine and living a longer, healthier life as a result.

I’m a vegetarian who eats many plant-based meals, and all of these recipes are not vegetarian or plant-based; however, from the 100 recipes, there are many I’d love to try. Sweet potatoes and lentils are staples in our house, and I c
Sharon Gilpin
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I made a list of all the ingredients that are used by the various areas of Blue Zone. And I have started making several of the recipes. All are so good--so far.
They are all high in protein and NO meat. One of my favorite cookbooks for sure.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Want to live to be 100? The Blue Zones Kitchen shares recipes eaten by people in the blue zones of the world. What are the blue zones? They are the five areas of the world where people live the longest lives. The blue zones are Sardinia; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California.

What are their secrets? Blue zone diets use the same group of 20 ingredients, with less variety than most diets. People in the blue zones eat more cruciferous vegetab
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, cookbook
Got this book from the library just before it closed for Covid19. So many yummy looking food and recipes. I also love the story of each town covered in the cookbook. I would love to try some of them in particular the Okinawa section. But right now it's so depressing with stay at home covid ordeal and we only make one trip to one store for groceries roughly once every 10 days. 😪 ...more
Thought I'd enjoy it since I'd read Blue Zones and loved it...not the case. Very disappointed in the recipes. They were full of ingredients that should not be included in whole food plant based eating, i.e. white sugar, white flour and white rice. In addition, they seemed to include items regular grocery stores in smaller cities would not have. It was a Christmas gift that will now be returned. ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great cookbook. Simple recipes with very few and very simple ingredients. The book is divided, very interestingly, into the blue zone areas with the corresponding recipes (instead of by meal type). Some ingredients might be harder to find depending on where you live.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blue Zones Kitchen includes recipes from the so-called “blue zones,” areas where the residents (particularly older ones who adhere to the more traditional diets) live longer than anywhere else on Earth, largely because of what they eat.

I’ve tried three of the recipes—roasted vegetables, sweet potato tarts, and a ratatouille—and all were approachable and included ingredients I was easily able to find at my local grocery store (some ingredients might be a little tougher). The sweet potato tart
Krystelle Zuanic
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than just a cookbook, this provided overviews of the parts of the world where living to 100 is not a miracle but instead expected. The recipes involved are all plant based and provide reasoning as to why they are so important for a healthy diet. They’re largely simple and look pretty darn delicious, and are well worth a try. Some of the ingredients are a little left of field for some readers so keep it in mind that there may be some difficulties with sourcing.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite cookbook. I plan to make all 100 recipes! They are so simple and so delicious.
Karista Bennett
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been intrigued by the subject of The Blue Zones, so when this book released, I had to have it. Beautifully written with lovely photos and loaded with information and inspiration. Not only is it filled with recipes but also the most delightful stories. A great read! ...more
Lauren Marsteller
I have been waiting to get this book for awhile. It is great to see how you don’t need to have a lot food ingredients, simple and plant-based ones that can make real interesting dishes. I can’t wait to try these recipes.
The Blue Zones Kitchen is a lovely cookbook, with recipes that sound delicious, and is a worthy addition to the Blue Zones library. The cover is striking. The recipes manage to be both healthful and delicious (sounding, haven't tried any of them yet). And the sections on each Blue Zone region, complete with lovely food, people, and scenery photography, interviews, regional history and culture, and versions of local recipes are all fascinating. There ARE a lot of recipes that contain gluten, many ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book , great recipes!!
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even a moderately competent cook, and likely won't use many of the recipes in this book. However, I bought-- and I love -- this book for the inspiration it provides (through beautiful photographs and text) to live a good and healthy life, and to savor the local foods in season as nourishing treasures. In many ways, this is not so much a cook book, as a wonderful centering and rejuvenating trip around the world, visiting with wise and joyful people as they celebrate the abundance and good ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I was so excited for this cookbook that I purchased a copy last December when it came out. Delicious plant-based recipes, stunning photos, and supplementary info on the different Blue Zones. It has been a fun adventure using ingredients that I am less familiar with (I had never bought a fennel bulb before making the Longevity Stew) although sometimes I have to skip recipes if I can’t find a rarer ingredient. Dropping a star only because I am finding it difficult to balance my current doctor-reco ...more
Suzanne Artis
Fascinating cookbook! Big takeaways are that the less meat and dairy and the more beans and fresh veg and whole grains the better for lifespan. Seems obvious...

I found it interesting that fewer ingredients seems to also have a huge impact. The book is broken into five places which are part of the blue zones. Food is not the only element that grants long life - walking, love, simplicity, community.

So many that I want to make but to first try:
Minestrone Three Ways
Quick Greens and Onions
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 125-225, ebook-en, food
Boring, boring and boring.... haven't we seen this already in many other books? I was disappointed with the recipes and some weren't really what is considered healthy. Pictures were okay, but I so much wished this book was so much more. The front looked great.

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Jul 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book an encouragement in whole food living. Simple foods that anyone can afford and they had bread! I've tried many types of health protocols for various gut and inflammatory conditions and this book felt like permission to eat lots of real food and a few treats too. May you live long and prosper! ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Longevity Diet

The author has identified the areas where people live the longest and explored their lifestyles and diet. There are a lot of delicious sounding recipes in this book. I need a copy so I can try these recipes.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-food, skimmed
I would have liked more pictures of the finished meal & dishes.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A lovely book. I should eat more like this.
Donna Ciccarelli
Lots of great recipes and inspiration to get healthy!
Donna Pachota
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Can’t wait to start trying these recipes! I’ve made a few and they are delicious which helps when trying to eat healthy
Dave Udchik
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We have already made 9 plant-based meals out of this book and love it! Highly recommend.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful cookbook, if you can really even call it a cookbook. It could just as easily be called a “geographical expose’” or a “photographic sketchbook”. Regardless of which way you classify this work, the author’s focus is upon five areas of the world where remarkable human longevity has been realized; and this author does a spectacular job in fusing the reality of the lives lived in those regions with the recipes that he shares in this book. Here you may expect to find food preparati ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful compilation of healthy plant-based recipes from the blue zones. The key to longevity is eating plant-based foods having meaning and community in your life and to keep moving!
I am on a mission to eat healthier and found this book helpful and inspiring. The information isn't that surprising. Eating less meat and more greens, grains, and beans tend to result in living longer. I found several recipes to try but more importantly it gave me some general ideas about how to prepare food and how to eat. I value that more than anything because day-to-day I'm not going to follow recipes but having a general idea is good enough for me. ...more
Gina Zappa
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am all about blue zone fare so this book was right in my wheelhouse! The recipes all looked delicious and the photos in this book are stunning. I'm most excited to try out all the greens recipes from the different regions. I'm Greek, Italian and Puerto Rican so I grew up eating a variety of greens, and yet there are still so many variations to try! Gimme all the greens. I gots ta have'em! Nom nom nom!
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty book, recipes not terrific although they inspired me to start picking up things at the market that I had never cooked with before, like cassava and culantro.
Missing piece is the lack of community in American life, healthy connections are key to longevity.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, many recipes used ingredients common in that region but not so much in my area. I did not feel excited to try any of recipes which is a hallmark of a good cookbook in my opinion.
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