I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review.
Cookbooks aren’t something that I typically read through. I love buying them and flipping through the recipes, making a dish here and there, but that’s about as much love as they usually get from me. The Blue Zones Kitchen, though, I literally read through this entire book front to back.
The idea of these Blue Zones was so fascinating to me, but the stories of the people in these areas is what I found truly captivating. I loved reading about the author’s journey through these communities, and how food plays a part in their daily lives. Dan Buettner’s detailed storytelling paired with the beautiful photographs from David McLain reminded me of times when my own grandmother was teaching me recipes that were passed down to her.
Inside a small plaster-and-stone farmhouse, a slight woman with a shock of wild hair and a floral apron stirs an earthen pot. ‘Minestrong,’ she explains with a smile as we peer into the simmering melange of beans, freshly picked zucchini, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and thyme. The soup smells savory and homey, redolent of a roast, but with none of the gaminess.The Blue Zones Kitchen
The recipes are detailed and easy to follow, without being overly wordy. Each location discussed in the book has a flavor profile that highlights the most popular flavoring pairing for that area. You will also find more in-depth information on different ingredients and cooking/storage methods throughout, as well as a collection of top longevity ingredients at the back of the book.
This is definitely a cookbook I would recommend having on hand!