The Cuisine of the Holy Mount Athos – Book
Οne hundred twenty-six recipes, the most representative ones used by the monks of Holy Mount Athos. Pages 263
Οne hundred twenty-six recipes, the most representative ones used by the monks of Holy Mount Athos, whose diet excludes white and red meat. The monks of Mt Athos fast for two hundred days a year, and this has affected their diet. The author, Monk Epiphanios Mylopotaminos, addressing to his readers, stresses that he wants people to show more attention to the traditional Greek cuisine, the so-called Mediterranean cuisine.
“To the dishes our parents and our ancestors prepared and ate. This is the Athonite cuisine I’ve learned to cook for thirty three years. Experts described it as being healthy, Mediterranean, dietetic etc. I do not know how to describe it. You may describe it as you wish, monastic, monk’s diet, Athonite or traditional.
What is important is that it has been certified that it has less triglycerides and cholesterol, helps lower blood pressure, while it reduces other harmful effects.”The fully illustrated book is divided into three parts: a) Fish b) Pulses and olive oil dishes, and c) Mollusks and crustaceans. Monastic chants, patristic texts, proverbs and other soul-beneficial texts are inserted between the recipes embellishing them appropriately.