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Thank you for sending me a message. Although I do read them all, I am not always able to answer them right away. Thank you for your patience! – Elena



  • Reply Pedro Sanchez November 23, 2023 at 10:13 am

    I’ve emailed you a couple times about exploring a potential partnership between olivetomato and diDNA. We help publishers generate more ad revenue through technology, access to demand, and our yield team. Would love to chat (This is a real human, not a bot or spammer!). Thanks so much! Please reach out via email at [email protected] for the fastest responses!

  • Reply Frances Febo October 19, 2023 at 11:49 pm

    Love your book. Have a question. I make my own home made sourdough bread with King Arthur white flour, water and my own starter. Can I substitute the sourdough bread for the whole grain bread and still get the benefit of your diet?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes October 24, 2023 at 6:09 am

      Homemade sourdough bread is ok, but generally you want to be getting whole grains in your diet as they provide more fiber and keep your blood sugra stable. You will still get the benefit of the diet as there are many beneficial components, but whole grains are important.

  • Reply Amy August 1, 2023 at 12:18 am

    Hi Elena,

    My family and I are enjoying your recipes from your book…but got a bit confused in the Neopolitan Pasta with Zucchini. I’ll admit, I missed the step to sautee the zucchini for 3 minutes. Oops! Everything else I followed to the letter. I even weighed the zucchini. The problem I think was first our pot. My idea of a medium pot may be different from yours. I had to transfer to a “large” pot in order to make room for all the ingredients + the 4 cups of water. It took much longer (at least 10 more minutes ) to cook in order to reduce the copious amounts of water (+ the additional water already from the zucchini). I even had to bring up to a low boil to try and reduce the water. I eventually called it quits so the pasta didn’t get too soggy. I added the 2 tbsp of cheese to the whole thing…but I had to use a slotted spoon to divide out into the bowls because of all the water that remained, which means I probably lost a lot of the flavorful oil and onions and cheese. I did my best to salvage what just looked like zucchini soup. It tasted okay but looked nothing like your pic in the book. I guess I was just a bit confused with the amount of water and whether or not all that water had to reduce down before serving. After we all finished, I noticed the amount that was left in the pot was now thick. *sigh*. So should I have let it sit for a few minutes once off the heat? Just scratching my head on this one. Everything else I’ve made has been very good. In fact my son requested the Greek Chicken with potatoes for his birthday.

    • Reply August 1, 2023 at 8:06 am

      Thank you for your message Amy. The recipe ingredients regarding the water note that you add about 2 cups of water (not 4) or enough water to the pot that barely covers the zucchini. Also zucchini shrinks when you saute it, since it wasn’t sauteed it was more bulky and it released more liquids.

    • Reply Elizabeth October 7, 2023 at 7:57 pm

      Enjoy your website and cookbook. However, when printing, it wastes an ENORMOROUS amount of paper of paper. Ads make the text UNREADABLE. PLEASE FIX.

      Very, Very disappointing. E.M.

      • Reply Elena Paravantes October 24, 2023 at 6:17 am

        Make sure you click the print button, this will provide a print version with no ads.

  • Reply Martin July 27, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Elena,

    Do you know the dish maqlouba, also written as maqluba or maqloubeh? Do you know a recipe with chicken and eggplant?
    I would love to hear from you.


  • Reply Margaret February 20, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I tried again but last time it was just over 3 days before I was notified that the email “could not be delivered”. Thanks.

  • Reply Margaret February 20, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Hello, when I tried to email you, Elena, directly to the email address given above, after several days some “mail delivery system” notified me that that email address could not receive emails. Would you please give me an email address that will reach you? Thanks.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN February 20, 2021 at 7:11 pm

      Hi Margaret, The email is working from our side, and is accepting emails. You might want to try to resend the email. Thanks

  • Reply Margaret February 15, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Hello, I am thoroughly enjoying this website and followed along in the 21-day challenge. My dietitian has recommended that I follow the Mediterranean diet and I find the recipes easy to follow and easy to make. When I roasted a whole cauliflower last night, it was so delicious that I ate half of it for supper and the other half for my evening snack. Today I will make the potatoes and celery leaves recipe again and will try the leek and feta pie with homemade phyllo. Really looking forward to the results. Although I at this time must improvise for a rolling pin, I am hoping that a round bottle of corn syrup will suffice. My dietitian herself follows this diet.

  • Reply Marjorie Chmiel February 1, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Elena,
    I received your cookbook about a week ago and have been cooking from it almost daily. Your recipes do not disappoint!!! In fact, I’m often surprised at how delicious and filling they are, especially as I’m trying many foods that I always thought were pretty bland!! Tonight’s dinner was Fasolakia. Very tasty!! I’m so glad I found your website.

  • Reply connie petska January 21, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Elena
    I just received your book today. Everything looks so good. The zucchini and feta pie recipe on page 89 does not explain where to put the yogurt oil flour mixture in the pie. Maybe I missed something. Please clarify

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN January 22, 2021 at 8:46 am

      Hi Connie, Thank you! For the recipe you mix the yogurt mixture with the zucchini mixture. We will be rewording that in the next reprint. Thanks!

  • Reply Barbara Gibson January 21, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Hi Elena,
    My husband has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s so I have bought your ebook to help me move towards a Mediterranean style diet. I love your book and thank you for inspiring me. However, I am a little confused with your Neapolitan Pasta and Zucchini recipe. I find I need 5 zucchini’s to reach the weight of 795 grams not 2 as in the recipe. Would you kindly clarify this for me? Thank you.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN January 21, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Barbara. Thank you! Regarding the recipe, it notes 2 large zucchini, which weigh between 320-400 gms each, hence the weight of 795 g which is 1 3/4 pounds, but you are fine using smaller zucchini, it’s the total weight that is important.

  • Reply Tanya January 19, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Elena. I was wondering if you could recommend an excellent olive oil brand I can but in the US or I am totally open to ordering from Greece or Italy. There are so many and I don’t even know where to start. I’ve bought California Olive Ranch, Pompeii, & the one I’m using now is Little Gypsy Farms (product of Greece). I really like this one but it comes in a clear glass bottle and I figured a good manufacturer would know not to sell it in a clear bottle from all that I’ve read. I’m just seriously confused at this point. Thanks.

  • Reply Deborah lowe January 12, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    I have not got any recipes from day 1. Would appreciate if you would update from day 1. My doctor advised my to the metterian diet for my cirrhosis of the liver

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