The Mediterranean Way of Eating

The Mediterranean way of eating has been around for thousands of years. The Mediterranean pyramid weighs heavily on fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, cheese /yogurt, olive oil at the very top. Followed by fish, eggs, and poultry and red meat next.  Wine and sweets in moderation are at the very bottom of this way of life.  Eating a plant centered diet can help ward off heart disease, stroke, and increase the quality of life. The Mediterranean way of eating comes from many countries that make up the Mediterranean – Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Southern Italy and Spain, Lebanon, southern France and Turkey.  This way of life substitutes fresh fruit for surgery desserts, olive oil instead of butter, yogurt instead of mayonnaise or sour cream,  whole wheat flour instead of white flour, crunchy fruits and vegetables instead of french fries and chips.  Most of all it provides flavor to the foods we eat.

Debbie Matenopoulos is a second generation Greek. Her parents immigrated from Greece and brought with them the flavors and recipes of Greek cooking. With lots of pictures and recipes Ms. Matenopoulos brings the flavors of Greece to the U.S.


Lightly Fried Zucchini is found on pg. 54 of It’s all Greek to Me. One mistake in this recipe is that you need something for the flour to adhere to. So either make sure the zucchini is still moist or dip it in egg white or milk before adding to the flour. These were great without the sauce but will make it next time.

The Mediterranean Table includes many recipes from the Mediterranean but few pictures. The cookbook includes an explanation of the Mediterranean way of eating along with some substitutes and stocking your Mediterranean pantry. Even without pictures the recipes sound delicious and represent the Mediterranean.