THE MEDITERRANEAN BOOKS

The most e-mailed article on the New York Times right now is Gina Kolata’s report on the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Kolata writes: 

About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, and even drink wine with meals, a large and rigorous new study has found.

Before making your grocery lists, visit your local bookstore to read up on the scandalous world of olive oil, the evolution of wine, and find out how to liven up a plate of carrots with a Moroccan citrus-cinnamon dressing.