Renowned for its rich history, gorgeous beaches, and warm blue waters, the Mediterranean region is also known for its inhabitants’ long lifespans. Although always touted as healthy, the Mediterranean diet has recently been elevated to superstar status following the results of a major scientific study that showed eating the Mediterranean way dramatically decreases the incidence of major illnesses such as heart disease and strokes. By simply following a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits, and vegetables—even drinking wine with meals—you can prevent disease and prolong your life. Using the Mediterranean diet pyramid as a guide, internationally recognized Mediterranean diet expert, Amy Riolo, presents the authentic Mediterranean lifestyle and cuisine. Forgoing adaptations of the diet commonly seen in other cookbooks, Riolo features recipes from all countries in the Mediterranean region and clearly explains what is eaten and why. Drawing upon the latest research and clinical findings, The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook features 100 authentic, easy recipes and Mediterranean lifestyle tips that will let you eat deliciously and harness the power of the world’s healthiest diet.