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Extra Virginity

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Extra Virginity

The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

By Tom Mueller

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393343618, 257pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2013

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For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life's necessities--not just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of religious rituals. But this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt. A superbly crafted combination of cultural history and food manifesto, Extra Virginity takes us on a journey through the world of olive oil, opening our eyes to olive oil's rich past as well as to the fierce contemporary struggle between oil fraudsters of the globalized food industry and artisan producers whose oil truly deserves the name "extra virgin."

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