This book provides a wonderful tour around the entire world of olives - not just olive oil! It explains how the fruit is grown, harvested & nurtured in all of the various olive-growing countries. It offers excellent back-ground to how your oil is created. Very informative because it compares the different methods of harvesting/pressing in every country, even down to what part politics may play in the marketing of the finished product.
The photos on every page are stunning. I keep going back to it for more, to revel in the photos and to read up on specifics.
- If you are looking to understand olive oil as a business, this book is very helpful too, because it lists all the key players in the market.
Sometimes I would have wanted a little more detail, especially on Spain, which is the main olive oil nation. Apart from the main Jaen region, it describes the other Spanish oil producing regions very sketchily.