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Eating like the Ikarians, a master class in Greek country cooking

You may have seen those stories about Ikaria, the Greek island whose inhabitants are famed for their longevity. A New York Times article by Dan Buettner about Ikaria wast titled The Island Where People Forget to Die.

The Ikarian diet, heavy on whole grains and fruit, and fortified with goat's milk and red wine, is considered to be just one of the factors contributing to Ikarian health and longevity. So are climate, chilling with friends and daily naps.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, chef, journalist and author Diane Kochilas will lead a master class in Greek country cooking at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. The event, a fundraiser for the church's women's guild, will highlight some of Kochilas' favorite recipes and culinary techniques.

Tickets are $65 per person and include a tasting reception and signings of Kochilas' new book, "The Country Cooking of Greece," which will also be on sale at the event.

The master class in Greek cooking with Diane Kochilas will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St. The cost is $65. Go to for more information.

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