Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too

Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too

Eating to Be Sexy, Fit, and Fabulous!

By Melissa Kelly; Eve Adamson; Amaranth (Prepared by)

HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780060854218, 326pp.

Publication Date: April 2006


For centuries, Mediterranean women—from classic beauty Helen of Troy to our own "reel"-time goddess Sophia Loren—have known the secret of healthy eating, living, and being. Mediterranean women have long embraced a natural vitality, sensual earthiness, grace, and warmth that allows them to be authentically themselves, to live long, spiritually rewarding—and thin!—lives, freed from empty calories, empty diet promises, impossible standards, and a "say no to food" mentality.

Thanks to the influence of cooking lessons in her Italian grandmother's kitchen, Melissa Kelly, co-owner and executive chef of Primo Restaurant, revels in sharing how every woman can extract the essence of the Mediterranean spirit and make it uniquely her own. From the cuisines of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, women learn how to maintain a healthy weight even as they discover and delight in the Mediterranean approach to food: the joy of the colors, textures, aromas, and flavors.

In addition, science now confirms that eating the Mediterranean way, getting most of the fat in your diet from olive oil instead of from meat and other sources of animal fats, is heart-healthy, immune-boosting . . . and, yes, slimming, too!

Mediterranean is a way of living, a celebration of family and togetherness woven with pleasure, laughter, and sensual delight. Flavor, variety, abundance, love of family, and soulful adventure are what Mediterranean women embody. Chef Kelly helps women bring these traditional qualities of Mediterranean hearth and health into their own homes.

Overflowing with a cornucopia of more than one hundred diverse and mouth-watering recipes, as well as a detailed menu planner, Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too gives women delicious food to eat in the context of an easy-to-follow plan. While sampling everything from traditional Hummus to Quick-Cooked Salmon with Fall Vegetable Pistou, to exploring the complex and satisfying layering of flavors in Prosciutto, Fennel, and Pear Salad with Persimmon Vinaigrette, you'll join women in enjoying the timeless, artful Mediterranean way of eating well and living a long, sensuous, beautiful life. Opa!

About the Author
Chef Melissa Kelly named her restaurant Primo, located in Maine, after her grandfather, Primo Magnani, a local butcher. Primo has two satellites in Marriott hotels in Orlando and Tucson. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kelly is a 1999 James Beard Foundation Award winner.

EVE ADAMSON is an award-winning pet writer and New York Times best-selling author who has written or co-written more than 50 books. She is a contributing editor to Dog Fancy magazine and is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Eve lives in Iowa City with her family and two dogs. To find out more about Eve, visit her website at

Praise For Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too

“I’d follow Chef Kelly anywhere… [Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too] is infused with her smart buoyant spirit . . . and her intriguing recipes.”
-Michael Ruhlman, author of The Making of a Chef

“[H]as a zest for life on every page and recipes that are full of flavor, intense, and passionate.”
-Mark Miller, chef/owner Coyote Cafe, and author of THE GREAT CHILE BOOK

“[D]eliciously advances the proposition that the good life and the well life are not only compatible, but indivisible.”
-Bryan Miller, author of Cooking for Dummies and former restaurant critic for the New York Times