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Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil Kindle Edition
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What I (gratefully) did get from this book were some great sources to find authentic extra virgin olive oil and a persuasive argument that quality in the product does matter for culinary and health reasons. These are two good reasons to buy Mueller's book. And here's a tip to perspective readers who might, like me, tire of the long passages about Italian oil criminality or semi-cryptic descriptions of olive oil's chemical makeup: you can skip to page 221 of the book where begins Mueller's detailed Appendix, and where you will find all of the information you need to locate, buy and appreciate authentic extra virgin olive oil of any origin. It includes what to avoid as well as how and when to purchase. I have used the information and bought my first Mueller-recommended oil--a Spanish label, Castillo de Canena, that is every good thing that Mueller promised it would be, including crushingly expensive.
Finally, here are a few important things that the reader will get from this book: most extra virgin olive oil sold in the U.S. probably isn't extra virgin oil; to get the good stuff, you have to pay a premium; olive oil is great for your health, if you get the right stuff; the color of the oil doesn't indicate quality; point of origin indicated on the label of any olive oil doesn't relate to quality; there is no single country that produces "the best olive oil".
So, although this may not be the easiest-flowing book, overall it's a fine source of information about an important and interesting food product that is a big plus to quality of life.
I can only add that if let one drop of olive oil pass your lips, you should read this book. I am now in the midst of planning an olive oil vacation here in the States; something I would not have imagined before reading this book.
It's surprisingly deep.
The author/narrator walks from producer to trader in what some of my contemporaries may more easily identify with World War Z. All discussing the same overall narrative, but from many different and outspoken viewpoints. The reader is educated in a respectful context, not being led by the nose nor spoon-fed the various tidbits of lore or fact. At the end of the book is a glossary which helps a lot to put back together the things you've learned into context.
I found the book lacking only in that I personally yearn for a more technical understanding of things. Less subjective. There was so much opinion from this farmer or that producer that I didn't feel their opinions were very valuable from an objective standpoint. If anything, the whole of the olive oil world (insofar as I've learned from this book) suffers from a massive lack of objectivity or prevalent standards. Who makes good olive oil? Kinda sorta these guys.
Don't get me wrong. I went and bought several bottles of olive oil immediately so that I could begin enjoying my fats in a different manner. Overall it was a good read.
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