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Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil Hardcover – 1 Jan 2012
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'Eye-opening, a brilliantly researched expose of the industry' --Sunday Times
'This fascinating investigation shows there's no trade more slippery than olive oil' --Observer
'Mueller has a gift for balance, celebrating olive oil and inspiring the consumer to be more oil-aware' --The Times
'Admirable and enjoyable... The author's revelation of olive-oil crime is alarming' --Irish Times
`Mueller writes about olive oil with passion and style, and offers many surprises. Who would have thought that the world of olive oil could be so full of intrigue and crime?'
Extra Virginity is a rich, fluid and evocative account of the history and alchemy of olive oil, and of how the finest artisanal oil-manufacturers - in the deep south of Italy, around the Mediterranean, in California, Down Under and beyond - are endangered by the widespread fraud of one of mankind's oldest and most versatile products.See all Product description
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Nevertheless it's a really interesting subject and there is a lot of knowledge in the book. I have learned a lot about selecting an an olive oil from the book and really enjoyed the process of learning.
Tom Mueller has the exceptional ability to convey thoughts with musical beauty. This book not only takes you through a journey through virgin sensory experiences, sometimes delightful and other times infuriating, it also succinctly narrates with an emotional appeal what a man on a personal crusade was able to uncover.
A must read for anyone even mildly interested in Food, Business and Health. A word of warning: after reading this book, you are likely to never buy an ordinary bottle of olive oil ever again.