The healthful virtues of olive oil, a key component of the Mediterranean diet, have becomewell-known in recent years; its monounsaturatedfats and antioxidants are beneficial in preventingheart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterollevels while simultaneously raising HDL("good") cholesterol levels.
Helen Koutalianos has preached the gospel ofolive oil and its benefits for years; at the sametime, consumers across North America havebecome more sophisticated and appreciativeof flavorful, boutique olive oils that are notmass produced. In this charming, intimatecookbook, Helen and her daughter Anastasiahave collected 150 delectable, Mediterranean-inspired recipes (Greek and beyond), many ofwhich have been passed along from Helen'smother and grandmother, in which olive oilis a central ingredient; these include OliveOil Poached Lamb, Quail with Olives, TurkishKebab with Garlic, Shrimp and Feta Casserole,Octopus in Wine Sauce, Seared Scallop andPrawn Gazpacho, Artichokes with Lemon, andKolokethakia Yemista (Stuffed Zucchinis withLemon Egg Sauce).
The book also takes readers through the artisan olive oil-making process, from cultivating and processing the fruit to the production of theoil 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.