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Cook the Book: 'Olives and Oranges'

Book Cover The daughter of a foreign correspondent and the famed food authority Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Sara Jenkins, author (along with food writer Mindy Fox) of this week's Cook the Book selection, Olives & Oranges, spent her formative years caravanning around Europe absorbing local flavors and learning culinary traditions. By the time she was a teenager, Sara had lived in France, Lebanon, Spain, and Italy.

It is no surprise, then, that Sara's cooking—at such illustrious restaurants as 50 Carmine, Il Buco, and I Coppi—is as whimsical and improvised as it is rooted in Mediterranean traditions.

With Olives & Oranges, Jenkins builds on the "language of flavor" she learned along her travels. From classics such as Lemon Olive Oil Cake and Tuscan Eggplant Parmesan to modern dishes like Cantaloupe Gazpacho with Jamón Serrano and Grilled Mako Shark Skewers, her recipes demonstrate how to layer flavors to create spectacular meals using fresh, simple ingredients. In addition, she divulges her culinary tricks born from years of experience, such as always broiling fish skin side up to add a flavorful, crunchy element.

Win 'Olives & Oranges'

Later this month, Sara will open her first restaurant, Porchetta, in New York City. The simple menu will consist of pork sandwiches, beans, and greens, served up takeout-style. Since the doors aren't open yet, consider the recipes excerpted here (one every day this week!) a preview. In addition, you can enter to win one of five (5) copies of Olives & Oranges. Simply answer this question in the comments section below: From pickles to potato chips, salad to fries, what is your favorite sandwich accompaniment?

Contest will end and comments will close at noon ET, Monday, September 22, 2008. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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