With summer just around the corner, (yes, we're representing Team Optimism here in London), Eurospan Cooks is taking inspiration this month from the Greek way of cooking, as Clemmie, Sales and Marketing Assistant for our Science, Technology and Medicine team, describes...

New research has been published this month, suggesting that it is not the amount of fat consumed which influences weight, but rather the type of fat. Dr. Raman Estruch of CIBEROBN-University of Barcelona, Spain, and lead author of a recent study, notes that, “more than 40 years of nutritional policy has advocated for a low-fat diet but we are seeing little impact on rising levels of obesity”. Instead his study shows that the Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetable fats such as olive oil and nuts, can have a greater impact on body weight and waist circumference. In addition, the Mediterranean diet has been associated with reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Happily, in the Eurospan Cooks kitchen, we have a beautifully illustrated book about reaping the benefits of this cuisine, Greek Revival from The Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life, from the University of South Carolina Press. This cookbook takes you through a do-it-yourself style healthy lifestyle, from the garden to the kitchen. Two sections offering comprehensive information on cultivating a garden and cooking knowledge begin the book, providing the novice with everything they need to know. I particularly loved the ideas for growing the fresh ingredients necessary for the Mediterranean diet in a small space, for example a pizza garden pot (including cherry tomatoes, oregano, basil and peppers).

Greek Revival
What’s lovely about the Greek Revival cookbook is its emphasis on taking the time to enjoy growing, preparing, and enjoying your food around a table with friends and family. I decided to try out on my friends the Roasted Red-Pepper Hummus with homemade Pita Chips and the Zesty Tomato, Kalamata Olive and Seafood Bake, with oven-roasted Okra Fries on the side.
 
Greek Revival cooking
The recipes were very simple, but the fresh herbs and ingredients meant the dishes were full of flavour. As the book promised, although it felt like a light and healthy meal, I felt full. Though that’s not to say that next time I might not try the Nut-Crusted Creamy Almond and Fruit Tarts for dessert…