Extra Virginity

Extra Virginity

The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

By Tom Mueller

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393070217, 238pp.

Publication Date: December 2011

But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt? Starting with an explosive article inThe 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.

About the Author
Tom Mueller writes for "The New Yorker" and other publications. He lives in a medieval stone farmhouse surrounded by olive groves in the Ligurian countryside outside of Genoa, Italy.

Monday, Dec 12, 2011

In his book Extra Virginity, Tom Mueller explains why you can't believe everything you read on olive oil labels. Much of the "extra-virgin" olive oil sold in the U.S. has actually been mixed with lower-priced, lower-grade oils and artificial coloring, he says. More at NPR.org

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