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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: E.V.O.O. just got a whole lot more complicated. Tom Mueller's Extra Virginity is about as explosive as an expose can get, at least if your subject is liquid fat. The road from tree to table, it turns out, is fraught with corruption, fraud, and laboratory interventions. Mueller shows how and why the trade in adulterated olive oil is about as profitable as the trade in some hard drugs, and with a lot less risk, too. There are equally entertaining detours into olive oil's long history, the politics of regulation and enforcement, and even debates over the best way to taste it (swirl, aerate, spit, or just swig?). All in all, it's a great read not just for foodies, but also for anyone interested in the complexities of global trade and organized crime. --Darryl Campbell
“Starred review. Engrossing history, vivid contemporary reporting and a cogent call to action, expertly blended in an illuminating text.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The writer does for his subject what Susan Orlean did for orchids.” — Columbus Dispatch
“... ] does for olive oil what Eric Schlosser’s 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.” — Hollywood Reporter
Fantastic read. Great historical context for the current olive oil trade. You will never look at/buy olive oil the same way again. I think it's s must read. Very interesting.Published 29 days ago by D from NY
Did not tell me very much that I did not know or care about.Published 1 month ago by WHITNEY SAIDLA
Oh boy have I got fussy about whose EVOO I buy! Have a care!. The basic test for OO is you put it in the fridge. If it doesn't turn to slush in 24 hours it ain't OO. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vilma Oman
Beyond informative, Mr Mueller brings us along on this story he tells of olive oil's earliest days through today. Read morePublished 2 months ago by writersMAMA
Very detailed, and thoroughly researched. Good information, and helpful. Many examples and places were used for information all over the world.Published 2 months ago by Betty Wing