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The Iberian Table: Healthy Cooking Secrets from the Land of Longevity–Introduction to the Spanish Mediterranean Diet, a KIRKUS star book, reveals nutrition’s best kept secret. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, by 2040, Spain will have the longest-living people in the world, surpassing the current title holder, Japan. The 2020 Bloomberg Health Index Forecast ranked Spain first for the healthiest population in the world, with diet playing a central role.
With page-turning flare, Robin Keuneke continues her information-based theme of healthy cooking established in her first book, Total Breast Health: Power Foods for Protection and Wellness (Kensington, 1998), a Publishers Weekly Best of the Year. Keuneke also co-authored The Detox Revolution: A Powerful New Program for Boosting Your Body’s Ability to Fight Cancer and Other Diseases (McGraw-Hill, 2003). Keuneke considers The Iberian Table her ultimate health book.
The bounty of Spain’s land and sea provides background for this breaking health story that the author invested over a decade to research, write, and create recipes for. The 100-plus recipes, including quick-cooking Cocina Rápida reflect new ideas for this quintessentially Spanish Plant-Based style of eating. Ingredients can be purchased at local grocery or health food stores. Interspersed throughout the book are “Tips” and “Facts” that the reader can implement with ease such as:
  • The benefits of saffron and how to use it.
  • The importance of foods rich in protective fats such as nuts, lodestar ingredient in picada and romesco sauces.
  • How to make and use that flavor-bomb, sofrito, which contains a powerhouse of antioxidants linked to prevention of cancer and heart disease; and more.
  • How to select, store and cook with olive oil to gain benefits.
  • An understanding of cheese, including one that provides gut microbiome