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I’m a writer, journalist, story teller, cook, historian, and world traveler. I’ve spent much of my life around the Mediterranean but am now back home in Maine, with occasional forays to the Mediterranean world, especially to Tuscany where I oversee a centuries old tumble-down farm with 150-odd olive trees from which my children and I make our own extra-virgin . I write books and articles, mostly about food, mostly as a free-lancer for magazines, most of them now defunct or morphed into something internet-based—Food & Wine, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Eating Well, et al.

For a number of years I was a staff writer for the New York Times food section; I’ve also been publications director of the American Institute of Wine & Food, and a founding director of Oldways Preservation Trust, the food issues think tank. I’ve published eight or nine books about food and contributed to many others. Find my full bio on my website, https://nancyharmonjenkins.com.

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Writer, traveler, cook, story teller, food historian, author of many books & articles for major publications, now back home in Maine after traveling the world, still following good food wherever it takes me.