The miracle of the Cretan diet, the most wholesome cuisine in the Mediterranean. 

International researches have shown that the Cretan diet offers people good health and long life. It is based more on the consumption of olive oil, vegetables, wild greens, pulses and cereals and less on the consumption of meat.

Nevertheless, this does not mean that it is lacking in taste. Cretan dishes send forth fine flavours and tastes which can still be felt in the villages of the island.

It should be notes that although in the past years the Cretans ate meat once a week (or even more rarely) and fish a little more often, they knew how to prepare those products in many different ways, usually combined with vegetables or pulses.

Likewise the Cretans have numerous recipes for the preparation of snails, one of their most favourite dishes.

In this book you can find the main recipes which have been preserved on Crete for centuries and which, together with their way of life, constitute what is called today “the miracle of the Cretan diet”.


“Cretan cooking by Maria and Nikos Psilakis is a well-compiled and, for once, well translated version of their widely popular guide to Cretan Cooking. It contains 265 mouth-watering recipes and a series of fascinating asides on the history of the dishes and background to the Cretan dietary phenomenon so strongly supported and promoted by health officials the world over.” Crete, Lonely Planet

  • 207 pages