The healthful virtues of olive oil, a key component of the
Mediterranean diet, have become well-known in recent years; its
monounsaturated fats and antioxidants are beneficial in preventing
heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while
simultaneously raising HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.
Helen Koutalianos has preached the gospel of olive oil and its
benefits for years; at the same time, consumers across North
America have become more sophisticated and appreciative of
flavorful, boutique olive oils that are not mass produced. In this
charming, intimate cookbook, Helen and her daughter Anastasia have
collected 150 delectable, Mediterranean-inspired recipes (Greek and
beyond), many of which have been passed along from Helen''s mother
and grandmother, in which olive oil is a central ingredient; these
include Olive Oil Poached Lamb, Quail with Olives, Turkish Kebab
with Garlic, Shrimp and Feta Casserole, Octopus in Wine Sauce,
Seared Scallop and Prawn Gazpacho, Artichokes with Lemon, and
Kolokethakia Yemista (Stuffed Zucchinis with Lemon Egg Sauce).
The book also takes readers through the artisan olive oil-making
process, from cultivating and processing the fruit to the
production of the oil itself. Complemented with full-color
photographs of recipes, From the Olive Grove will seduce
and inspire readers to create their own delicious, heart-healthy
meals at home.