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Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil | Tom Mueller
The sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization. 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."
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Jedi_Bruno
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Absolutely loved it. An easy introduction into the wonderful world of Olive Oil and the mafiosos and farmers alike that deliver it to our tables. If you like food, you‘ll love this book.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Fascinating look at the history of olive oil production, the oil‘s benefits, and adulteration. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Lindy
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One of the guest experts on the Gastropod Dec 5 episode—Green Gold: Our Love Affair with Olive Oil—is Tom Mueller, who wrote Extra Virginity. He says the profit margin on fake extra virgin olive oil is greater than that on cocaine. Therefore, it isn‘t surprising that possibly 2/3 of the EVOO in American supermarkets is fake. (Author Robin Sloan is also on this show.) Gastropod podcast is consistently informative and entertaining.

readinginthedark 😯Sounds fascinating! 5y
Tamra 👍🏾 5y
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queerbookreader
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Dad being a nerd and reading me a passage from his book I got him last Xmas about the olive oil industry. Happy family literacy day everyone 🎉

Bookzombie 💗 5y
LeahBergen I love this. ❤️ 5y
kspenmoll Like your dad!! 5y
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ness
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I don't know why I picked up this book on olive oil or who recommended it, but it's exactly what I need right now.

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Lauren_reading
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I just learned waaay more about olive oil than I will ever need to know. I'm also going to try to get some premium virgin olive oil because I bet the brands I've been buying aren't really what they're labeled. #litsyreadingchallenge #nonfictionfooddrink

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BookishMarginalia
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#audiocoloring 💜💜💜

LeahBergen Pretty! 6y
Mimi28 Ooooooooo!!! 6y
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BookishMarginalia
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Current #audiobook: all about olive oil production, marketing, fraud... pretty interesting!

Cinfhen Who would have thought?!? 6y
Lindy @Cinfhen I was also surprised at how interesting this book is. I loved it. 6y
BethFishReads I really liked this too 6y
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Alwayscoolwb
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Olive oil on a whole new level. From the ancient history to modern day scandals off diluting the oils true virginity.