Eating for Longevity: How to Cook the Blue Zones Way [Part Two]
January 25, 2024 @ 11:30 am - 12:45 pm$30.00 – $60.00
Want to live to 100? Certain communities around the world, dubbed Blue Zones by Dan Buettner at National Geographic, may have the key. The largest populations of centenarians live in Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California, and their longevity seems to be tied to a variety of common healthy behaviors, including (if not especially) how they eat, which is a mostly plant-based diet. In this 5-week cooking demonstration series, led by culinary coach Alison Wexler, you will learn about a different Blue Zone each week and how to cook plant-based dishes from that region.
The second part of this series, on the 25th, focuses on Okinawa. Okinawan cuisine is a mix of Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Japanese cooking styles, paired with nutrient-dense vegetable foods like sweet potatoes and tofu. Come prepared to volunteer as Alison makes Veggie Champuru and Sweet Potato and Onion Hash from The Blue Zones Kitchen cookbook. Samples will be served.
Optional pre-reading and/or viewing for this series
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, 2d ed. National Geographic, 2012.
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones Kitchen. National Geographic, 2019.
- “Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones,” 4 episodes on Netflix, 2023.