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Nancy Harmon Jenkins, author of  Virgin Territory, Exploring the World of Olive Oil


Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Extra-virgin olive oil is a pantry staple: We whisk it into our vinaigrettes, use it to fry our eggplants, and drizzle it over our pasta. But while our kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a bottle or two, the information about this essential ingredient can be conflicting — and answers can be hard to track down. Can you fry with it? How should you store it? How do you know which bottle to buy among a whole shelf of options? When faced with all these questions, it’s best to turn to an expert — and Nancy Harmon Jenkins is exactly that. 

In between harvesting her own olives on her farm in Tuscany, Nancy Harmon Jenkins has written her seventh and newest book, Virgin Territory, Exploring the World of Olive Oil . We are lucky to have her with us today to educate us on this indispensable ingredient. Welcome back to Food and Wine Talk,.


Listen as she tells why she decided to focus on olive oil at a time there is an olive oil crisis in Europe.   In this interview Nancy dispels the most common misconceptions about olive oil, explains how to choose a good olive oil among so many bottles of extra virgin olive oil lining the shelves of our supermarkets or specialty food stores.

Learn what does extra-virgin really mean; how to keep the oil, which one to use for frying and cooking and which for finishing (including a great tip on simple but delicious tomato sauce); how to bake or poach fish and more.

Virgin Territory isn't only about recipes, but also about the history, culture and science of olive oil.


Virgin Territory, Exploring the World of Olive Oil  is a thing of beauty with stunning photographs of exquisite dishes as well as of Nancy’s own Tuscan olive tree grove; it  captures the delights of cooking with olive oil in dishes that are healthy, delicious, and beautifully presented .

Click here for Nancy's delicious and healthy gluten-free Olive Oil Muffins