Title: 14-Day Mediterranean Diet Plan for Beginners
Author: Christine Patorniti, RD, CDE, MBA
Publisher: Rockridge Press
“This cookbook is centered on the three main Mediterranean guiding principles: using whole foods, eating what’s in season, and sharing foods with old and new friends,” Christine Patorniti writes in the introduction of her book, 14-Day Mediterranean Diet Plan for Beginners: 100 Recipes to Kick-Start Your Health Goals.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twenty-page paperback targets those interested in cooking two weeks’ worth of Mediterranean meals. After an introduction, the book is divided into two sections that contain one-hundred recipes, followed by listings of measurement conversion tables, references, index, and the author’s biography.
The first part has three chapters getting acquainted with the Mediterranean diet, preparing your kitchen and pantry, and meal planning. The second section has nine chapters of recipes for breakfast, soups, salads, snacks, sides, vegetarian, fish, seafood, poultry, and meat mains, sweets, desserts, sauces, dips, and dressings.
Each recipe includes its title, followed by a short descriptive paragraph. The type, serving size, and prep/cook time are on the outside of the pages, while the ingredients are located in the middle of the page in used order; numbered instructions, prep/ingredient/variation/substitution tips, and caloric information cover one to two pages.
~ Why ~
I am a fan of Mediterranean dishes so I appreciate the interesting information on the different regions and foods of the countries with their staples and flavors. The two-week meal plans make it easier to decide what to make, especially because there are comprehensive shopping lists for each week. I like that there are so many thirty-minute making meals.
Some of the notable recipes are Shakshuka Bake, Curry Zucchini Soup, Tricolor Tomato Summer Salad, Walnut and Freekeh Pilaf, Lemony Orzo, Linguine and Brussels Sprouts, Crushed Marcona Almond Swordfish, Moroccan Meatballs, Quick Herbed Lamb and Pasta, Cranberry Loaf Roll-Up, Pickled Turnips, and Cider Yogurt Dressing.
An example of one of the daily meals is Day 4:
South of the Coast Sweet Potato Toast
Spring Mix with Fig and Citrus Dressing
Cod a la Romana
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like Mediterranean dishes may not have any interest in this book. Others may not like that many of the meals are made only of plant sources. While the diet touts drinking wine, no suggested wines are paired with the recipes.
~ Wish ~
Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes. Several of the fourteen-day meals are left-overs or repeats.
~ Want ~
If you love making meals based on the Mediterranean diet, this book that has one-hundred healthy and delicious recipes will be used often.
Rated 4.5 of 5 stars.
Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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