Brand New Book reveals the Secrets of The Real Mediterranean Diet – the most powerful diet in the world

Independent publishing house Cambridge Academic is excited to announce the launch of a new title, The Real Mediterranean Diet: A practical guide to understanding and achieving the healthiest diet in the world, by Dr Simon Poole.

The title, available globally on Amazon and through other leading booksellers, offers readers a practical, daily-use guide to achieving the healthiest diet in the world.

It is an exploration of the value that the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle can bring to everyone, young and old. From its origins in Ancient Greece to the modern day understanding we now have of its benefits, this book joins the dots to show the power and benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

A key focus of the book is to explain in accessible, easy-to-understand language the science which underpins the Mediterranean diet and its positive impact on heart health, longevity and protection from inflammation, heart disease, cancers, dementia and more.

From polyphenols and macronutrients to the multitude of available ingredients and how to combine them builds to an understanding of way food is prepared, cooked and combined to maximise the positive effects. These topics  and more are covered in a clear, concise and easily digestible format to suit any reader.

The Real Mediterranean Diet also includes numerous recipes from leading chefs from around the globe who are advocates of the Mediterranean Diet, including US-based celebrity chefs Maria Loi and Amy Riolo, renowned Lebanese chef and television personality Joe Barza, Tokyo-based chef Yurie Honda, Chilean celebrity chef Pilar Rodriguez, Sereen Kurdi who is head chef to Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, and numerous others.

Key Features & Benefits of the Book

  • Written by a practising doctor with experience in seeing patients benefit from his Mediterranean Diet advice.
  • Accessible to all – a coffee table book that avoids complicated and heavy medical and scientific language but doesn’t shy away from a comprehensive exploration of the Mediterranean Diet.
  • A positive view on nutrition that is focussed on long-lasting benefits and lifestyle change, rather than Dare I Eat That (DIET).
  • Gives a detailed account of all aspects of the Mediterranean Diet and its benefits, from types of foods and ingredients to drilling down the science in a simple and accessible way revealing how to access its power.
  • Diverse range of recipes and insights from chefs from around the world demonstrates the Mediterranean Diet’s global nature.
  • The first book to really explain the role of polyphenols and their ability to reduce inflammation through antioxidants.
  • Answers the questions like, “Which honey or olive oil should I buy, and why?”, “Why do they dip bread and drizzle pasta with olive oil, apart from the taste?” and “Why are we encouraged to ‘eat a rainbow’?”

Quotes from Dr Simon Poole

“My interest in the Mediterranean diet began over twenty years ago, as scientific research began to reveal just how powerful this diet can be. I began to tell patients and colleagues, with a particular focus on how best to support others to discover and share the extraordinary benefits of this way of life.

“It became apparent that the majority of chronic illnesses might be prevented through lifestyle changes, I began to advise my patients in Cambridge to adopt a more Mediterranean way of eating.

“For some there have been moments of epiphany, when an understanding of the way the diet works has sparked profound changes in their life which can be measured in their improved health and wellbeing. Many were astonished at improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, weight and even their sense of happiness and wellbeing. They reported feeling fitter and more energetic.

“Others simply adopt the Mediterranean Diet because it is such a pleasurable way to enjoy truly wholesome foods and to celebrate the art of preparing and sharing simple, yet exquisite meals. In my experience it is the understanding and enjoyment of the Mediterranean Diet which results in an enduring love affair with the lifestyle.”


Simon, in his enchanting, sustainable and constantly regenerating wit, has delivered an easy-to-enjoy, digest and benefit from (no pun intended) book. Read this book alone or with friends, and draw from his rich knowledge and experience. With plentiful, diverse but never overbearing scientific evidence, Simon manages to creatively blend a story that opens the door to the amazing, mythical and thousands years-old Mediterranean way of eating. He has cracked open the kitchen door for you to explore and immerse yourself into this nutritious lifestyle. So why are you still standing there? Come on in…let your imagination lead the way.

– Dr Tassos Kyriakides PhD, Yale School of Public Health


The Mediterranean Diet stands out in nutrition science research as one of the healthiest dietary patterns in the world and Dr Simon Poole has captured its elements, history, science and deliciousness in this fabulous book. With extra virgin olive oil at its heart, this pattern of eating not only makes everything taste better, it also reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, puts the brake on ageing and is good for the body from the gut to the brain and everything in between. This book gives you the know-how to put it into practise no matter where you are in the world.

– Dr Joanna McMillan PhD, Nutrition scientist, Dietitian & Fellow Lifestyle Medicine

Dr Simon Poole has written an excellent book on what quite possibly could be the best diet in the world that could save lives and the planet. Eat up!”

– Dr Rupy Aujla, MBBS, MRCGP. Founder, “The Doctor’s Kitchen”

I was impressed with this well-written and comprehensive account of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, together with a good and readable summary of the science behind the diet. It includes many relevant and useful food facts and is rounded off with a series of truly delicious recipes from chefs from around the Mediterranean and beyond.

– Richard, Lord Balfe, Past Honorary President of the British Dietetic Association and NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health

About the Author

Dr Simon Poole MBBS DRCOG is a Cambridge-based medical doctor, author, broadcaster and commentator and is an internationally renowned authority on the science and application of the Mediterranean Diet and lifestyle.

Simon has been involved in research and teaching with the University of Cambridge. He has been a member of the British Medical Association Public Health Committee and was awarded Fellowship of the Association in 2019 for services to the BMA.

He is a Senior International Collaborator with the Cambridge Global Centre for Nutrition and Health and a founding Scientific Advisory Board Member of the Olive Wellness Institute. Simon has regularly published on the subject of nutrition, lifestyle and public health in the press and scientific journals including Nutrition and Food Science and the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

He has presented on national and international radio and television, including the BBC programme Nadiya’s Family Favourites. Conference addresses have included presentations at institutions such as the National Association of Primary Care, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the International Congress of the European Society of Cardiology, the Italian Trade Commission, the Fine Food Fair at OIympia, the Institute of Health Sciences of the USA and the Boston Common Ground Convention.

Simon was co-organiser and chair, in association with the University of Florence, of the Food Values conference series at the Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He is a regular guest lecturer for Viking Ocean Cruises.

Simon has taught at the London Olive Oil Times Sommelier course, the London International Olive Oil Competition and presented at the North American Olive Oil Association Conference, as well as the World Olive Oil Exhibition in Madrid, the World Olive Health Awards in Malaga and the Old Parliament in Athens, receiving special commendation awards for contribution to the promotion of the Mediterranean Diet and communication of the health benefits to the public.

His first book The Olive Oil Diet was published in 2016. Co-authored with Judy Ridgway, The Olive Oil Diet was awarded the International Gourmand Prize for the World’s Best Mediterranean Cuisine Book and was named the National Best Diet Book.

About the book

Format: Paperback

Size: 8×10” (200mm x 250mm)

Extent: 240 pages

Full page, full colour images and illustrations

ISBN (UK) 9781903500576

ISBN (Global, excluding UK) 9781903500583

Also available in Kindle format.

Recommended retail price for key markets (book is available in all markets)

UK: £19.99

USA: $35.00

Australia: A$45.00

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