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Olive Oil: From Tree to Table Paperback – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Third Edition edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811813509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811813501
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,566,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Whether you cook with olive oil because it is healthful or simply enjoy its enriching flavor, Peggy Knickerbocker's Olive Oil: From Tree to Table will increase your interest in this ancient and beneficent oil. Knickerbocker provides the complete story of olive oil, taking you firsthand to witness the harvesting, pressing, and grading of the oil. Color photos by Laurie Smith make you feel as if you were witnessing the process. Shots of some the 112 recipes in this book prove how irresistible the dishes are. Look for Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil and Chili, Pinzimonio (a kind of Italian crudités), Roasted Chicken Breasts stuffed with Salsa Verde, Garlicky Romesco Sauce, and Orange Ginger Cake.

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I love this book! What a fantastic telling of olive oil's history and charms, and what an extraordinary cookbook too. Anne Lamott

A wonderful guidelbook for anyone wishing to explore the tasty nuances of the noble olive. Mort Rosenblum


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Would recommend to everyone who like olive oil.
Sandra L. Oravetz
We have gone to Italy to cook twice and this book makes some of our adventures real and a great addition because we know what we are looking at and for.
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I have loved having this book and have tried some of the recipes!
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jack Dempsey on September 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I came across this book while killing some time at a local bookstore. This is an incredible book to have in your collection, if, for nothing else, the reasons below:
Incredible graphic design. A general rule of thumb--if Chronicle are the publishers of the book, it'll have a fantastic layout. These are the guys who brought to life Michael's devastatingly good vision in the "Tra Vigne" cookbook. Likewise, they also published Georgeanne Brennan's "Potager" and "Mediterranean Herb" cookbooks. The layouts are ALWAYS superb, and each and every release has beautiful photographs and dialogue. Which brings me to my next point.
Great dialogue. Offers a surprisingly thorough history of olive oil. Likewise, it offers a good summary on how to pick, store, and use different types of olive oils, as well as offering a mini glossary of olive oil colloquialisms (i.e., "extra-virgin" and "first-cold pressed", etc.). Also, Peggy's personality and humor come across very well and make the text quite an enjoyable read. This is something that just isn't normally found in many cookbooks who only see things through a step-by-step, color-by-numbers approach to cooking.
Of course, importantly,
Very good recipes. The recipes are extremely tasty. Most are amazingly simple, yet turn out spectacular. The approach is very simple, yet home-y...including ingredients typically found (or readily available) to the novice, home cook.
Get this book and I guarantee that you will not regret its inclusion in your collection!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
I came here looking for another book by Peggy knickerbocker! The recipes in Olive Oil are terrific. You don't have to be an Olive Oil expert to love every single salad or dressing she writes about. Even if you are a three thumbed guy like me you can turn out a five star meal with this book. Thanks Peggy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By elliepinksneaker on August 25, 2011
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I have loved having this book and have tried some of the recipes! Overall a winner! The recipes I have tried have been simple and delicious. This is a book I will use for a long time!
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My whole life I have loved the Olive, big black California canned olives, green Spanish, the Greek olives with the pits still in them makes me hungry just writing this. Now that I am an adult I have really learned to enjoy the Olive from the olive itself to cooking with olive oil. The great thing about Olive Oil: From Tree to Table is you learn about the history of the Olive from its origins in the Middle East to it's evolution through Greece and Spain and it's arrival here in the United States in California. In the book there are great pictures that give you an idea of how olive trees and olive groves look from around the world. The first half of the book explains the hows and whys of olive oil from taste and grades of olive oil, to how to buy and store your olive oil. The last half of the book covers how to cook with olive oil and contains many very good tasting recipes which I have tried because I found out long ago just because it is in a book and someone claims it to be a cooking book does not make it so. You can believe me when I say that I have followed some recipes I got from a few cooking books and the results could have injured someone if they happen to get hit by it or even made the dog ill. So the long and short of it is that Olive Oil: From Tree to Table is every informative looks great in your cooking book collection, and has pretty darn good tasting recipes in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trisha Hughes on December 17, 2013
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Good book but was hoping for one that was more on olives and growing them than cooking with olive oil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on October 29, 2013
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Great choice. Fun to read and very useful recipes. I use a number of them with some regularity. I'm especially fond of the Portuguese Fish Stew, which is quick, easy, and very tasty.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 14, 2008
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This is an absolutely beautiful cookbook, with a clean, graceful layout and gorgeous photographs by Laurie Smith. Whether you want to see what many of the recipes look like or take a glimpse at the olive harvest in Chianti, you'll adore the full-color photos. This would make a wonderful gift book for your favorite cook.

The stories of olive oil harvest and production are fascinating, made all the more interesting and personal with details of particular trips the author has taken and the people she met along the way. You'll also learn what the various grades of olive oil mean, the range of tastes you can expect, how to hold your own olive oil tasting, and how to find, choose, store, and cook with the best oils.

The recipes are reminiscent of Mediterranean cooking: simple dishes of fresh ingredients meant to showcase their delightful flavors, and the author makes suggestions for which olive oils might go best with each. Many of the recipes come with delectable photos and notes on their origins or the author's experience with them.

Every recipe we tried from this book did an amazing job showcasing the flavors of its fresh ingredients---this is the kind of cookbook that encourages you to splurge on the best cheeses and herbs because it really will make a difference in the final product. My favorite was a beet salad that included spinach, a balsamic vinegar dressing, and blue cheese.

If you love fresh produce and olive oil, I highly recommend this cookbook. It's a gift-quality volume you'll want to flip through and use over and over.
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