Diane Kochilas Publishes New Cookbook About Ikaria, the Island Where People Forget to Die


The most prolific Greek American cookbook author of all time, Diane Kocholas, returns to her ancestral roots on the island of Ikaria to share family recipes and traditions in her new book: Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity From the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die. <–click the link to get the book at a discounted price.

Ikaria is the mythical, beautiful, enigmatic island of the famed Ikaros, who flew too close to the sun and fell to the earth when the wax holding his wings together melted. It’s also a place where residents live unaccountably long lives— where people forget to die, according to a New York Times article that went viral when it was first published. Now, it’s the title of a new Greek cookbook.

The hard-cover cookbook can double as an attractive coffee table book on any living room table. It’s part cookbook, part travelogue, and filled with gorgeous photography by Kochilas’ husband and well-known food photographer Vasilis Stenos, and Kochilas’ stunning recipes, and interviews with locals— and packed with the often quirky secrets to a long life that Ikarians are spoon-fed at birth. Kochilas marries folklore and cooking lessons with tips and recipes— along with interviews with a 101-year-old weaver—the best on the island and other legendary locals.

She shares island secrets about the life-giving benefits of delicious salads both raw and cooked, the gorgeous breads and savory pies that are a part of every meal, the bean dishes that are passed down from one generation to the next, and the seafood that is at the root of the Ikarian culinary culture. Flled with mouthwatering recipes and remarkable stories, this book will introduce many Americans to food as life, as only the Ikarians know it.

A prolific cookbook author— almost two dozen to date, restaurant consultant, chef and native New Yorker, Diane splits her time between Athens, Ikaria and New York. In the summer, she teaches courses on the island offering cooking lessons and cultural immersion. Her book The Food and Wine of Greece is one of the best-selling Greek cookbooks of all time.

Get the book Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity From the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die by clicking this link and take advantage of the discounted price, off the regular retail price of $35.00.



  1. Angeliki Portelos on

    …"The Greek Island where people forget to die"…?

    Correction: The Greek Island where people KNOW HOW TO LIVE!
    It is the whole way of life, not just the food….it's, it's Ikaria!
    Of course that is now changing. The wind of "progress" has been creeping in.

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