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Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

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For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life's necessities — not just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of religious ritual. Today's researchers are continuing to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality.

But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt? Starting with an explosive article in The New Yorker, Tom Mueller has become the world's expert on olive oil and olive oil fraud — a story of globalization, deception, and crime in the food industry from ancient times to the present, and a powerful indictment of today's lax protections against fake and even toxic food products in the United States. A rich and deliciously readable narrative, Extra Virginity is also an inspiring account of the artisanal producers, chemical analysts, chefs, and food activists who are defending the extraordinary oils that truly deserve the name "extra-virgin."

Review:

"How long have readers been waiting for a book like this? A century? A millennium? Finally, the earth's most poetic food has found its storyteller. Essential, smart, and ridiculously overdue." Bill Buford, author of Heat

Review:

"Mueller reveals the brazen fraud in the olive oil industry and teaches readers how to sniff out the good stuff." Dwight Garner

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"Mueller builds a convincing case for olive oil as one of the most miraculous and versatile substances in all of nature....Passionately written yet clear-headed." New York Times

Review:

"Tom Mueller is, in turn, chemist, explorer, scholar and bard, infusing the narrative with a sense of wonder." USA Today

Review:

"Extra Virginity may make you reconsider the extra you’re paying for ‘extra.’" Times Literary Supplement

Review:

"The New Yorker writer does for his subject what Susan Orlean did for orchids." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"[Extra-Virginity] does for olive oil what Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation did for hamburgers. Mueller traces the history of this valuable product from antiquity to the present, but the really disturbing part is his expose of the inferior quality control and outright fraud among today’s oil producers." Columbus Dispatch

Review:

"Engrossing history, vivid contemporary reporting and a cogent call to action, expertly blended in an illuminating text." Hollywood Reporter, Starred review

Synopsis:

The sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization.

About the Author

Tom Mueller writes for The New Yorker and other publications. He lives in a medieval stone farmhouse surrounded by olive groves in the Ligurian countryside outside of Genoa, Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393343618
Subtitle:
The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
Author:
Mueller, Tom
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Historical Food and Cooking
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130408
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 288 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393343618 Reviews:
"Review" by , "How long have readers been waiting for a book like this? A century? A millennium? Finally, the earth's most poetic food has found its storyteller. Essential, smart, and ridiculously overdue."
"Review" by , "Mueller reveals the brazen fraud in the olive oil industry and teaches readers how to sniff out the good stuff."
"Review" by , "Mueller builds a convincing case for olive oil as one of the most miraculous and versatile substances in all of nature....Passionately written yet clear-headed."
"Review" by , "Tom Mueller is, in turn, chemist, explorer, scholar and bard, infusing the narrative with a sense of wonder."
"Review" by , "Extra Virginity may make you reconsider the extra you’re paying for ‘extra.’"
"Review" by , "The New Yorker writer does for his subject what Susan Orlean did for orchids."
"Review" by , "[Extra-Virginity] does for olive oil what Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation did for hamburgers. Mueller traces the history of this valuable product from antiquity to the present, but the really disturbing part is his expose of the inferior quality control and outright fraud among today’s oil producers."
"Review" by , "Engrossing history, vivid contemporary reporting and a cogent call to action, expertly blended in an illuminating text."
"Synopsis" by , The sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization.
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