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Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by [Mueller, Tom]
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Amazon.com Review

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

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(Starred review) Engrossing history, vivid contemporary reporting and a cogent call to action, expertly blended in an illuminating text.

Starred review. Engrossing history, vivid contemporary reporting and a cogent call to action, expertly blended in an illuminating text. "

The New Yorker writer does for his subject what Susan Orlean did for orchids. "

... [Extra-Virginity] does for olive oil what Eric Schlosser s Fast Food Nation 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. "

How long have readers been waiting for a book like this? A century? A millennium? Finally, the earth's most poetic food has found its storyteller. Essential, smart, and ridiculously overdue. --Bill Buford, author of Heat"


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  • File Size: 9922 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LW5IZ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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