All posts tagged: Ikaria

Q&A: diane kochilas, chef and food writer

DIANE Kochilas is one of the foremost authorities on Greek cuisine in the world. She is a chef, host of Greece’s most popular cooking show, “What’s Cooking Today, Mom?” cookbook author (18 books!), and passionate pioneer of healthy Greek cuisine. She is as native New Yorker whose family hails from the “Blue Zone” Greek island of Ikaria, on which her latest book is dedicated. Every summer she and her husband, Vassilis Stenos, host a cooking and cultural immersion experience on the island. Here she talks to My Greek Review about her hopes and her bond with Greece. How Greek are you? Hybrid. Greco-American citizen of the world. What is your biggest role in life? Juggler-parent. What is most important to you right now? My family. What are you most grateful for? Everything. What scares you most? Nothing I would put to words. What is Greece to you? Mana. A direct link to the raw energy of life.   Your one favourite thing about Greece past, present and future? Past: Unspoiled beaches. Present: The excitement of being in …

ikarian lessons on food and life

IKARIA, Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die, is US-raised Diane Kochilas‘ latest treasure-trove of recipes about her parents’ native island. The recipes and research in the book are gathered throughout her life, but what breathes life into the book is her first-person account, her true understanding of the island’s social and cultural history and her insider’s knowledge of Ikaria’s secrets. When Kochilas first set foot on Ikaria in the early 1970’s as a 12 year-old New York kid who was “inured to sticky urban summers, insipid American food, and strict curfews” she immediately felt at home with the people,  their sense of freedom and joie de vivre and the lifestyle of the place Greeks even today call “the island of exile”. In recent history Ikaria has become wold famous since it was named as one of the Blue Zones,® a term coined by the Belgian demographer Dr. Michel Poulain, who together with Dr. Gianni Pes of the University of Sassari in Italy and Dan Buettner, author of the book The Blue Zones, have been studying the planet’s pockets of …