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A Cookbook for Living to 100 – By Dan Buettner of The Blue Zones

January 7, 2023

A message from Dr. Plotnikoff:

My friend and colleague Dan Buettner has a fantastic new cookbook that I want everyone to know about.

Of all the books he’s written, this may be his most impactful book yet.

It’s called The Blue Zones American Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100.

Dr. Plotnikoff (left) was proud to serve as Chief Medical Officer for the National Geographic Blue Zones Okinawa expedition; Pictured here with author Dan Buettner (right)

The cookbook is based on Dan’s discovery of the five places in the world – dubbed the Blue Zones – where people consistently live to or past 100. His articles about the Blue Zones in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic are two of the most popular for both publications.

The photographs are gorgeous and the stories are beautiful. In essence, this is a “hybrid between a cookbook and a National Geographic article,” says Dan.

Unlike foreign lands quite different from Minnesota, in The Blue Zones American Kitchen, Dan shares insights from America’s healthiest food landscapes. This includes insights from several Minnesotans and more than 50 food experts, chefs, and cooks from around the United States.

Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and New York Times bestselling author. He has drawn upon wisdom from around the world to highlight fundamentals that we can comfortably, and meaningfully, introduce into our lives. Already, 49 different Blue Zones Project Cities have demonstrated that eating the Blue Zones way can alleviate obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and more.

As you have heard us at MPM say, “Fundamentals First. Then Pharmaceuticals.” And healthy food is the first fundamental.

I think this cookbook is so important that I gave a copy to each MPM staff member this year. And, guided by our Lab Manager Sinoun, we will be sharing cooking experiences, one recipe at a time, each month this year.

Check out the cookbook HERE and watch for invitations to these cooking experiences to come!