Whether you need Mediterranean diet recipes for Sunday meal prep or just love food photography, we found the best Mediterranean diet cookbooks to add to your kitchen's collection.
The Best Mediterranean Diet Cookbooks
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There are so many reasons to jump on the Mediterranean diet bandwagon (besides the obvious—pasta!). Tons of research has pointed to potential health benefits associated with this style of eating: improved heart health, weight loss, boosted brain function. It won best diet of 2019 on U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking, pushing DASH from the top spot for the first time ever. It also took the top spot in the category for the easiest diet to follow, since it's more of a ~lifestyle~ based on how people in the Mediterranean eat rather than a traditional "diet." That means there's not one definitive Mediterranean Diet Guide spelling out exactly what to eat and how. Instead, you'll find a wide variety of recipes, guidelines, and, as shown here, cookbooks dedicated to the cuisine. We did some digging (and eating), and found you the best Mediterranean diet cookbooks.
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The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook
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This guide is the bestseller in Mediterranean Cooking on Amazon, with more than 400 5-star ratings. It comes from America's Test Kitchen, so you know these recipes have been thoroughly researched and tested—aka good. The cookbook is filled with 500 Mediterranean diet recipes, including everything from classic hummus to lamb tagine with olives and lemon.
The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen
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If nothing else, you'll get major food styling inspo from the gorgeous photos accompanying every recipe in this Mediterranean diet cookbook. The recipes also have personal descriptions from the author, food blogger Samantha Ferraro, that will have you dying to make every one.
Mediterranean Paleo Cooking
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The paleo diet and Mediterranean eating go together really well as both focus on real, unprocessed foods. Inside this paleo Mediterranean cookbook, you'll find gluten-, grain-, refined sugar-, and dairy-free versions of pizza, pasta, and desserts. The book also includes two 30-day meal plans, a general plan, and an autoimmune paleo (AIP) version.
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If you want something centered around Mediterranean cuisine that's not a diet book, go with this one—the latest cookbook from chef and restaurant owner Yotam Ottolenghi. It's filled with beautiful photos like all Ottolenghi's books, but the recipes are designed to be especially easy. Every recipe comes together in under 30 minutes and requires no more than 10 ingredients and one pot.
The Vegiterranean Diet
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The Mediterranean diet is compatible with a vegetarian lifestyle, since fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and olive oil are emphasized over meat. If you're a vegetarian or want to incorporate more meatless meals, pick up this book, which includes background on the diet, recipes, and a three-week Mediterranean diet meal plan.
Live to Eat: Cooking the Mediterranean Way
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If you can't figure out how to give your dishes that je ne sais quoi that you've experienced at restaurants, go with Live to Eat. Chef/author Michael Psilakis based his recipes around a "Magnificent Seven"—healthy staple ingredients that he believes are the secret sauce for nailing Mediterranean flavors.
Mediterranean Diet For Dummies
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In classic For Dummies style, this book gives a full rundown of the Mediterranean diet, with everything beginners need to know. It's more guide book than cookbook, but it includes some recipes to get you started.
Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
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Put the keto diet and the Mediterranean diet together and what a power couple. This book merges the two popular diets for high-fat, low-carb recipes. A primer at the beginning explains which Mediterranean diet foods to stick to in order to avoid kicking yourself out of ketosis.
Mediterranean Meal Prep
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You should buy this one if you meal prep, whether or not you plan to follow the diet. All the recipes can be made in advance, and the book includes tips for freezing. Meal prep recipes can tend toward bland and boring, but that's not the case here. You'll find options like Greek tacos and spiced salmon with vegetable quinoa.