200 recipes from Greek cookery, the most characteristic and perhaps the most exemplary expression of the celebrated and well-known Mediterranean Diet. Traditional dishes based on the purest ingredients from the Greek countryside constitute and propound a system of nutrition which is ideal for the ensuring of good health and longevity. Fresh vegetables, wild greens, pulses, fish, local meat, pure dairy products and fruit predominate on the Greek table, in combinations which have remained invariable and unchanged over the centuries. The basic ingredient of these delicious dishes - excellent Greek olive oil - dominates the recipes and contributes decisively to the unique gustatory result. From the more mountainous and colder regions to the little coastal tavernas of the Aegean, deep ruby wine, fiery tsipouro (raki) and aromatic ouzo accompany Greek mezedes, strengthening the ties of friendship and sparking off unique celebrations around the table. Whether a festive celebration or an everyday meal, the scene is always stolen by delicacies that are tempting, fresh and redolent of the homely fragrances of our childhood years.

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