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Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil
THE FOUR SEASONS OF PASTA - Nancy Harmon Jenkins and Sara Jenkins

Nancy Harmon Jenkins: Writer, Speaker, Traveler, Story Teller


Fond farewell to asparagus

Asparagus Risotto Because the asparagus season is past but the flavors linger on, I wrote this paean to one of my favorite vegetables and one of my favorite ways of cooking: Risotto. With a totally undeserved reputation for being difficult and tiresome to cook--all that standing and stirring over a ...
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Asparagus Season

My father, may he rest in peace, was a champion Yankee gardener, as proud of his vegetable garden as he was of the flowerbeds that surrounded his bayside home. He did almost all the garden work himself as long as he was able--preparing beds and cold frames, planting, transplanting, weeding, ...
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Best Banana Bread (with Toasted Nuts & Olive Oil)

I have made banana bread at least a dozen times since the pandemic began. Somehow there always seem to be just-before-rotten bananas in the fruit bowl. I take ‘em out, turn ‘em into banana bread, buy more, and watch as they slowly darken and it’s time to get out the ...
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Spicy Ginger Cookies for a Rainy Day

Back in the old days there came a time late in January when the weather might warm, the sun come out, the temperature rise, and there would be a brief period we called a January thaw before winter settled in again to stay for the duration. It felt like a ...
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Maine Lobster Stew

Lobster stew, in all its simplicity, is a total celebration, a glamor dish reserved for Christmas Eve or for special guests arriving from away who want their first taste of Maine lobster to be as elegant and restorative as possible. It really doesn’t deserve a recipe, just a list of ...
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An Ounce (or More) of Sauce

“An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.” Anthony Bourdain Never underestimate the power of fine olive oil to sauce almost any food. Salad, of course, and cheeses, fish, meat, vegetables whether raw or cooked--the oil, on its own or sparked with a spritz of lemon or good aged ...
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This old earth is gently slipping into autumn, just as she does with admirable precision every year at this time. And just as precisely and predictably, in the northern hemisphere at least, autumn vegetables shine in markets and gardens and supermarket produce bins: squashes, of course, in dozens of shapes, ...
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It’s that rarest time of summer, late August to early September, when for just a few short weeks it feels as if Maine has taken off for the Mediterranean. The sun is at its strongest and farmers’ markets are full of ripe tomatoes and fat, dark eggplants, sweet red peppers ...
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Maine Smoky Lobster & Sweet Corn Chowder

Lobstermen have their own esoteric vocabulary. “Bugs” are what they call lobsters and “shedders” are bugs at their tenderest and, many argue, their most delicious. When a bug sheds its hard carapace and starts to grow a soft new shell that’s easy to break open, the meat is sweet and ...
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Pickles? It’s that time again!

“Vinegar? Anyone know where I can find white vinegar?” The plea was on a local Facebook message board. “Especially Heinz.” It’s pickling season here on the coast of Maine and, like sour dough bread-making, like banana bread baking, like the steady flow of bean soups since March 15, pickling has ...
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Finest Kind: Lobster Chowder

Not everyone in Maine celebrates the year-end holidays with lobster, but in my family, my mother considered a bright red lobster a proper commemoration of the feast, whether Christmas or New Year’s. Truth to tell, it’s a whole lot easier to serve up steamed lobsters with melted butter--with a side ...
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Lentils for la Cenone

It’s a tradition in Italy, one I honor and respect each time a new year rolls around: lentils for Capo d’Anno, the top of the year, almost always served with either sumptuous zampone, a delectably rich and sticky sausage made in a stuffed pig’s trotter, or with cotechino, similar but ...
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Virgin Territory Book Jenkins

Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil

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"This is the definitive book on olive oil, and one that should change the way you shop.”

-- Amanda Hesser, co-founder of and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook

"Virgin Territory is smart, fun to read, and relevant--thank you Nancy, once again, for such good work.”

-- Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy and The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

“Nancy Harmon Jenkins is the leading American authority on olive oil. No doubt about it."

-- Arthur Schwartz, author of Naples At Table and The Southern Italian Table




You can order “The Four Seasons of Pasta” at the following stores:

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What Chef Alice Waters said about our book: “Every time Nancy writes a book it is an inspiration, because she goes into each subject with such enthusiasm and depth. And Sara is a wonderfully talented and intuitive chef. It is no surprise, then, Nancy and Sara have together created a beautifully approachable book that captures the vibrancy, traditions and remarkable versatility of pasta.”  Chef Alice Waters