I love mediterranean food and would love to learn how to cook it at home (for some reason, restaurants that serve mediterranean food seem to be on the pricier range!). I would appreciate it if you can recommend mediterranean cookbooks that is not overly complicated and with ingredients that can be easily found in the american kitchen (i.e. not too many lamb dishes, while i LOVE lamb, it's often pricier and harder to find). I have seen Wolfert's mediterranean slow cooking used as one of the COTM in 2008, but would love a more all encompassing cookbook -- maybe wolfert is a great start, if so, which cookbook? Recommendation for websites with proven mediterranean recipes would also be appreciated!
I am not very familiar with the term "mediterranean cuisine" or what the differences are between the regions, but if I have to pick the ones that I have tried and enjoy, it would be Greek or Spanish style.
I primarily cook asian (chinese/korean/SE Asian) food at home, so I desperately need help in stocking my pantry with the basic for mediterranean cooking as well (for example - olive oil; would also appreciate recommendation on where or which brand to get - i know there are plenty of threads on this). I am completely lost on how to start learning and how to do it in an affordable way. I am just a little bit overwhelmed since mediterranean food seems to be all about fresh ingredients.
Thank you for your help!