The Blue Zones Kitchen by Dan Buettner | Book Review

I have been fascinated by the idea of Blue Zones since I first heard of them so when TLC Book Tours offered me an opportunity to review a compilation of Blue-Zone recipes, I didn’t just agree, I said Yes, Please!
Modern-day explorer Dan Buettner and his colleagues at National Geographic, in deciding to study longevity, took a world map and drew blue inked circles around the places where high concentrations of centenarians live:
  • Loma Linda, California
  • Nicoya, Costa Rica
  • Ikaria, Greece
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Okinawa, Japan
In his new cookbook,The Blue Zones Kitchen, Buettner shares some of their habits and more importantly, some of the foods and methods of preparation and consumption that fuel their inspiring lifestyles.
While the author visited these zones and acknowledges that these subcultures are not all vegetarians – indeed, their habits are quite varied and their identities run the gamut from meat eaters to vegans – the recipes included in the book are all purely plant based so that if you choose to include meat, it can be an add-on instead of an entree.
Buettner’s approach to the Blue Zone lifestyle is impressive in that he clearly honors the lessons gleaned from his international hosts and tries to preserve it here. While it is not necessarily a read from cover-to-cover kind of read, The Blue Zones Kitchen is an beautifully presented package and contains the kind of page-turing information that will make it hard to put this book down once you’ve started, unless it’s to try out one of the tantalizing but healthy dishes pictured on its pages.
Since the book is published by National Geographic, the expectation may be for high-quality photographs that stimulate a desire for a new and exciting experience and some of the dishes pictured here are indeed stunning and inviting. I can only hope that my attempts to recreate these dishes will be just as beautiful, and if not, at least they will be healthy.

What The Publisher Says About The Blue Zones Kitchen

Best-selling author Dan Buettner debuts his first cookbook, filled with 100 longevity recipes inspired by the Blue Zones locations around the world, where people live the longest.

Building on decades of research, longevity expert Dan Buettner has gathered 100 recipes inspired by the Blue Zones, home to the healthiest and happiest communities in the world. Each dish–for example, Sardinian Herbed Lentil Minestrone; Costa Rican Hearts of Palm Ceviche; Cornmeal Waffles from Loma Linda, California; and Okinawan Sweet Potatoes–uses ingredients and cooking methods proven to increase longevity, wellness, and mental health. Complemented by mouthwatering photography, the recipes also include lifestyle tips (including the best times to eat dinner and proper portion sizes), all gleaned from countries as far away as Japan and as near as Blue Zones project cities in Texas. Innovative, easy to follow, and delicious, these healthy living recipes make the Blue Zones lifestyle even more attainable, thereby improving your health, extending your life, and filling your kitchen with happiness.

Book Details

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: National Geographic
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2019

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

About Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps Americans live longer, healthier lives. His groundbreaking work on longevity led to his 2005 National Geographic cover story “Secrets of Living Longer” and two national bestsellers, The Blue Zones and Thrive. He lives in Minneapolis, MN. Visit him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, and at his website


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara Strand says:

    Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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