Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die By Diane Kochilas (Rodale Books, $39.99) Ikaria is a Blue Zone, an area of the world noted for its long living population. Inspired by this, Kochilas has gathered recipes, character portraits, and anecdotes from the Greek island of her parents, giving practical ways of imitating the way of life of its elderly. Surprises include recipes with taro root and okra, unusual for the Mediterranean. While diet and exercise form a great portion of the advice, perhaps most important, is the attitude of the aged – relaxed enjoyment without a sense of guilt.
This original article first appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.