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Extra Virginity

The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil


Publisher: WW Norton & Co


Language:English | Number of Pages: 238 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 0393070212 | Isbn-13: 9780393070217 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Paperback

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Book Description
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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    Rich people can eat better

    Check my review in Spanish here:
    This book describes the frightening nets of corruption that exist around the olive oil mar ...continue

    Check my review in Spanish here:
    This book describes the frightening nets of corruption that exist around the olive oil market. The author tells about his experiences tasting different kinds of oils, and finding the supermarket oil very gross tasting and even dangerous for the health. He states that the olive oil producers cut the good oil with other seeds and chemically wash the bad odors. He says that there are still very few honest oil makers, but they struggle to survive as their oils are really expenisve. He describes his visits to some of these honest oil makers, as well as the terrible consequences of bad oil marketing: fake oil has killed 30 times more people than fake alcohol. Finally, he gives some advice on buying good oil: buy at the mill, preffer dark glass bottles and look for recent harvesting dates.

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