Years ago, as Dr. Jessica Harris compiled recipes for her 12th cookbook, she realized something different at work.

“I noticed that the headnotes kept getting longer and longer and longer,” Ms. Harris said, remembering the growing descriptions of scenes and images, the places and stories that took on a greater significance.

She had set out to write a familiar cookbook but the ingredients were calling out for more.

“There were stories that I wanted to tell,” Ms. Harris recalled in a recent phone conversation with the Gazette, just weeks before her annual pilgrimage to her family cottage in Oak Bluffs

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