I cook from the heart. In other words, I follow my whims and cravings. And, I have the hardest time following an exact recipe.

I do enjoy free-form cooking, but I have a few cherished cookbooks. My collection of cookbooks is small. On purpose. I only purchase books that I know will inspire me and support my family's lifestyle.

And of course, I purchase cookbooks that I can take to bed at the end of a long day.  What? You don't do that?! You don't thumb through pages of food-inspired stories and mouthwatering images until you fall asleep, only to dream of your next delightful recipe?!

For those who do...

And for all the home cooks who love to create something simple and new, here is a list of my current favorite cookbooks for a Mediterranean diet (and by diet I mean lifestyle):

Mediterranean Cookbooks and Mediterranean Diet Cookbooks

Best cookbooks for a Mediterranean Lifestyle - Mediterranean CookbookMy Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz - Best cookbooks for a Mediterranean Lifestyle

Jerusalem by Ottolenghi and Tamimi - The best cookbooks for a Mediterranean lifestyle

Ottolenghi by Ottolenghi and Tamimi - Best cookbooks for a Mediterranean lifestyle Rose Water and Orange Blossoms - Best cookbooks for a Mediterranean lifestyle

Mediterranean Cookbook; Editor in Chief Marie- Pierre Moine. Read my full review on this cookbook.

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories; David Lebovitz

Jerusalem: A Cookbook; Yotam Ottlenghi and Sami Tamimi

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook;  Yotam Ottlenghi and Sami Tamimi

Little Foods of the Mediterranean; Clifford Wright. This is an oldie-but-goodie; I've owned it since 2004!

And two more books which I will soon be reviewing here on the blog:

Rose Water and Orange Blossoms; Maureen Abood.

Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking; Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook 

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey; Laila El-Haddad

As my cookbook collection grows, I promise to share more with you.

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I'm Suzy; born and bred right on the shores of the Mediterranean. I'm all about easy, healthy recipes with big Mediterranean flavors. Three values guide my cooking: eat with the seasons; use whole foods; and above all, share! So happy you're here...
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  1. So delighted to have found this site !!
    I grew up as a teenager with wonderful Turkish exchange students in my home. (I'm 79 now so you can imagine how
    long ago that was ! ) These 3 darling girls so far away from their homes couldn't wait for the week ends when they came to our home & do their 'home cooking". I remember the glorious fragrances permeating our home on weekends.

    So now that I've discovered your wonderful source, I'm surely going to try these recipes & buy ingredients. (While I'm thinking about it & being a senior & widowed, do you possibly honor North Carolina food stamps/EBT)

    Thank you so very much for sharing cooking memories & your knowledge !