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4.8 out of 5 stars

on 31 December 2011
What a lovely DVD! I bought it based on the excellent reviews I had previously read. I was certainly not disappointed. Although Rick's objective is food focused, he manages however to portray the " flavour" of the country as well as its cuisine. The filming is beautifully done. Without going into too much detail of the countries visited, this DVD gives you the feeling of actually being in situ. Rick's interviews with the local people are so respectful and courteous. He isn't at all patronising as can be seen sometimes in travel programmes where they go out of their way to draw attention to local exceptions rather than the normal way of life. His attitude is so relaxed and easygoing. That, along with his pleasant sense of humour, make him, I think, a natural in front of the camera.
Places included in the DVD are:-
Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily. Puglia, Corfu, Mallorca, Cataluña, Morocco and Turkey.
In each place he finds the best examples of the local speciality. Fish certainly comes over as his main cullinary interest. After seeing the dishes cooked (and eaten), we are sometimes taken back to Rick's kitchen in Cornwall where he makes a modified version of the original. The actual recipe part of the programme is not very detailed but I think this is what makes this DVD so enjoyable. It's more of a travel documentary with the emphasis placed on food. Saying that though, there are still some great cooking ideas to try out.
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on 7 September 2016
I bought this DVD package because I liked watching the programmes being repeated on television. Much information on the cuisine, culture and history of places he visits and clearly another quality series. Rick seems to thoroughly enjoy everything he tries but sometimes when these celebrity food presenters are on foreign assignments you wonder if it would be so wrong to admit that a dish sampled was not at all to their taste and maybe would make their judgements seen more authentic. I have only awarded four stars because I enjoyed watching his India series more maybe because the food looked more to my taste.
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on 9 February 2013
It was a very bold move to cover several Mediterranean cultures with their quite different cuisines in the one series, but Rick pulls it off brilliantly. His usual chatty and personal style gets to the heart of the subject matter, and his demonstrations show just how easy it can be to make some quite delicious dishes I'd never heard of before.

If I can find a single fault with this it's that the series just wasn't long enough. I've already made several of the dishes from these programs and they are so delicious. You won't want to spend out on a take-away when you can follow Rick's recipes.

As with his other series, each program is also a travelogue, and a unique "meet the people" journey. Well done Rick, love this as much as the others.
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on 7 August 2009
At last Rick Stein Mediterranean Escapes is released on video - and a chance to own the wonderful record of Rick's gastronomic adventures in sunnier climes. Once again, his enthusiasm bubbles over as he eyes up wonderfully fresh produce with a view to creating delicious dishes, and not a supermarket in sight!
If you are stuck indoors on a typical British summers day, listening to the rain beating on the windows, you couldn't do better than to lose yourself in this sumptuous collage of Mediterranean scenery, rustic villages, vibrant atmosphere, blue skies, sea, sun, and fantastic food. It's enough to lift the summertime blues!
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on 20 February 2014
Rick Stein has done it again! This culinary report of Mr. Stein's travels along the shores of the Mediterranean, in fact 352 minutes of unrestricted pleasure, just makes you want to buy a Land Rover Defender (not to be nicked) and follow in the enthusiast's footsteps (or tyre prints).
This time the cooking of regional recipes is slightly restricted at the advantage of topography, but well done so. Camera work is often intoxicating with the saturated colours of the Mediterranean, bathing Mr. Stein and the background in a deep blue. Absolutely recommended!
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on 6 October 2015
Rick Stein explores the Mediterranean coastline and islands sampling the food and customs of the region on the way. His culinary series always celebrate the landscape as well as the food and his laid back style introduces us to places we would never see or experience. This is six hours of escapism of the highest quality for a very low price.
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on 2 September 2011
My only complaint (and it is minor) is that stein keeps harping on about the "salt police" and the march of progress etc etc, it can be a bit like being stuck in the living room with your father after he's read the daily mail.

All that aside he is genuinely enthusiastic about the people and the food, some of the dishes he comes across are true gems and his love of 'peasant' food drives him to find some great people and places. I've cooked some of the simpler dishes he has featured on the program and they are definitely going to get repeated.
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on 4 November 2014
Brilliantly Stein! I watched the S France episode randomly on TV and immediately ordered the DVD set so that I could watch the Moroccan episode. I like his easy style, the travelogue and attention to the people and customs with the odd recipe thrown in. I love Mediterranean food, landscape, climate, people and culture. If you do too, or if you're not sure, you will by the end of these programmes.
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on 23 August 2016
These DVDs will become historical records of a Europe long gone. This is the 2nd best one Rick has done, only just beaten by 'French Odyssey' which is unsurpassable. Lovely segment in Greece where he brings alive the magic of the Peloponnese, so often ignored. Great visuals, cooking and banter. Superb.
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on 4 October 2016
Wonderful - Rick Stein is by far my favourite tv chef, head and shoulders (and chef's hat!) above all the others.
He has such a warm and relaxed delivery, no showmanship for the cameras, and very informative.
I bought this dvd as much for the "travelogue" content as for the various and sumptuous
dishes he serves up. One cannot go wrong with ANY of his series - i've got most and all are of the highest quality.
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