The New Mediterranean Diet

When you think of the Mediterranean diet, you probably picture grilled fish, Greek salads, olive oil and plenty of fresh vegetables from sunny Spain and Italy. But there's so much more! Travel to countries like Turkey, Israel and Morocco, and you'll find bold food that's both chef- and nutritionist- approved.

By Gabriella Gershenson; Photography by Anna Williams

Suzanne Goin
Eat More Fish!

Fish is an essential part of the Mediterranean diet, but it doesn't have to be a plain piece of broiled salmon. For Suzanne Goin, chef-owner of Lucques restaurant in Los Angeles, among others, the rich fish is an ideal canvas for Middle Eastern and north African ingredients -- savory pistachios, tangy yogurt, sweet apricots and earthy couscous. "It's hitting all the flavors people like," says Goin. She focuses on eating seasonally, too. "When we have apricots in the summer, I try to find different ways to use them," she says. Here, Goin cooks them with star anise and uses the juices to season the fish.

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