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Much has been written about the Mediterranean diet, but Nikki Rose’s little book just might be my favorite. It is so to the point, so
clear, so accessible and of course, so delicious if you cook from it. It really shows that you don’t need a thousand recipes or an
entire day in the kitchen to eat well and with great pleasure. That the pictures include people, plants, and vistas as well as cooked
dishes shows that this is about a way of life, not just about recipes. As it should be. And I love that it includes chapters devoted to
kids and to Lenten dishes, as well as wine and more. I’m impressed that Nikki Rose could say so much in so few pages!
-- Deborah Madison
Chef and author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and 10 other books
This is one of the best books on the Mediterranean Diet that I have come across. Taken from the way the people of Crete (the
healthiest in the world) have eaten for centuries, Nikki provides you with all the practical information you need to eat for optimal
health. She shares with you how to prepare vegetables, fish, chicken, beans, soups, and stews the delicious Greek way. I highly
recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their health while experiencing all the joys of Mediterranean eating.
-- George Mateljan
Philanthropist, Award-winning author of the World's Healthiest Foods
Many tout the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet but with little cultural context for the rich milieu in which the diet and its benefits are
enjoyed. And enjoyed is the fitting term. As Nikki Rose shows in this slim but rich book, the people, the land and its flavors are
inextricably linked. As cooks, gardeners, and consumers we have much to learn. Lushly illustrated, with attention given to the
foods, recipes, characters, and traditions of the island in digestible snippets, this is the cultural study of food and nutrition as it
should be done.
-- Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D.
Professor, Culinary Arts, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, Public Health, CUNY Graduate Center
As a whole foods chef steeped in the belief that traditional foods are life sustaining and need to be part of our daily diet,
presents, shares and teaches in her book is as if I were back with her, on the Island of Crete. If, as we are now beginning to
appreciate that health supportive foods begins with good ingredients, but also includes the life sustaining cultural practices which
accompany such foods, then Nikki’s book introduces those necessary backstories. All I can say is come and learn how to cook
the traditional Mediterranean diet from Nikki and her friends on Crete.
-- Beth Kersey
Alaska Food Sovereignty and Edible Landscapes, and Alaska Seed Savers and Traditional Foods Project
About the Author
Nikki Rose is a Greek American professional chef-instructor and writer living in Crete. She has hosted teachers, students,
researchers and journalists for over 15 years through her project, Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries (CCS). Her focus celebrates and
helps protect Crete’s heritage. Her book highlights 15 years of her experience in Crete.
Rose has received numerous awards from National Geographic, the United Nations and many other organizations for her success
in creating sustainable community-based tourism initiatives and culinary seminars in several regions of the world. Her work has
been featured in National Geographic, The New York Times, LA Times, Lonely Planet, National Public Radio, France24 TV, TV New
Zealand, Archaeology Magazine, Australian Gourmet Traveller, O'Globo Brasil and publications on nutrition, ecotourism, rural
tourism, responsible travel, and cultural-natural heritage preservation.
“So many people have visited me in Crete, looking for secret ingredients in our cuisine that they can bring home with them. Cretan
cuisine is not just one ingredient or recipe -- it is enjoying many flavors of the seasons. So many people live far away from their
food sources now. This book helps us find ways to reconnect with the dedicated people that provide our delicious and safe food
and enjoy the benefits and flavor.” -- Nikki Rose
Crete: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet can be purchased online. Proceeds support CCS programs.
For autographed copies, student or volume discount orders or to arrange a presentation or book signing
by Chef Rose, contact Andreas at CCS: andreas @ cookingincrete.com.
CRETE: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet
enjoying the benefits of one of the world's healthiest cuisines
wherever you live
by Nikki Rose