Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil

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Where does it come from, how is it made, and what exactly does “extra virgin” mean?

Nancy Harmon Jenkins, a leading authority on olive oil and the healthy Mediterranean diet, covers all these questions and more in Virgin Territory as she explores what makes fine extra-virgin, how to choose and use it, and how to avoid frauds and scams. An illuminating look at the history and culture of olive oil, as well as the science behind its flavours and its role in a healthy diet, this book details how Jenkins began her own passionate foray into olive oil and how she ended up with a 25-acre Tuscan olive farm where she and her offspring produce their own lush, green, spicy oil.

Far more than a cookbook, Virgin Territory includes more than 100 recipes showcasing this versatile and healthful ingredient. There are old favourites like tapenade and pesto along with new and exciting dishes such as Roasted Squash Soup flavoured with olive oil and cumin, or North African Seafood Tagine with cilantro, saffron, and salt-preserved lemons. Perhaps the Quince and Ginger Olive Oil Cake will catch your eye? Or Arroz Caldoso con Almejas, a rice and clam dish from the Catalan coast of Spain? No matter what recipe you choose, Jenkins guides you in creating a delectable dish made better with Olive Oil. Along with a wealth of information and exquisite recipes, there are also striking photographs of the Mediterranean-style dishes and Jenkins’ own olive grove in Tuscany. A rich and engrossing survey, Virgin Territory is the ultimate resource for everything olive oil.

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