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About The Blue Zones Kitchen
• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic; 1 edition (December 3, 2019)
Best-selling author Dan Buettner debuts his first cookbook, filled with 100 longevity recipes inspired by the Blue Zones locations around the world, where people live the longest.
Building on decades of research, longevity expert Dan Buettner has gathered 100 recipes inspired by the Blue Zones, home to the healthiest and happiest communities in the world. Each dish–for example, Sardinian Herbed Lentil Minestrone; Costa Rican Hearts of Palm Ceviche; Cornmeal Waffles from Loma Linda, California; and Okinawan Sweet Potatoes–uses ingredients and cooking methods proven to increase longevity, wellness, and mental health. Complemented by mouthwatering photography, the recipes also include lifestyle tips (including the best times to eat dinner and proper portion sizes), all gleaned from countries as far away as Japan and as near as Blue Zones project cities in Texas. Innovative, easy to follow, and delicious, these healthy living recipes make the Blue Zones lifestyle even more attainable, thereby improving your health, extending your life, and filling your kitchen with happiness.
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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!
Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps Americans live longer, healthier lives. His groundbreaking work on longevity led to his 2005 National Geographic cover story “Secrets of Living Longer” and two national bestsellers, The Blue Zones and Thrive. He lives in Minneapolis, MN. Visit him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and at his website bluezones.com.