Book Review: Ikaria by Diane Kochilas

Book Review: Ikaria by Diane Kochilas Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Rodale Books 320 Pages Cooking, Food & Wine Published October 2014 This was a very interesting book. It was part cookbook and part travel guide. I have been waiting to read this book for a while but something always got in the way. When I was 16 I traveled to Greece and visited a few islands. I would like to go back and visit with an adult perspective. The author grew up not far from where I lived as a young child in Queens, New York. In Florida, we live less than an hour from Tarpon Springs, a city infused with Greek culture. I was intrigued to learn Ikaria was home to some of the longest-living people on earth. This could be why so many people, me included, are turning to a Mediterranean diet. The author describes the average Ikarian breakfast as being liquid. Big breakfast are the norm for us and reports say it should be the biggest meal of the day. That isn’t the case here. A few of the people interviewed for the book talk about the herbal teas their mothers made for them especially when…