Olives (Hardcover)

The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit

By Mort Rosenblum

North Point Press, 9780865475038, 250pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1996

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/1/1998)

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Winner of the James Beard Award

Until one stops to notice, an olive is only a lowly lump at the bottom of a martini. But not only does a history of olives traverse climates and cultures, it also reveals fascinating differences in processing, production, and personalities. Aficionados of the noble little fruit expect miracles from it as a matter of course. In 1986, Mort Rosenblum bought a small farm in Provence and acquired 150 neglected olive trees that were old when the Sun King ruled France. He brought them back to life and became obsessed with olives, their cultivation, and their role in international commerce.

About the Author

Mort Rosenblum is a special correspondent to the Associated Press and the author of "Who Stole the News? "and "The Secret Life of the Seine." He lives in Provence.

Praise For Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit

Mort Rosenblum brings poetry, history, humor, and passion to the noble olive. -Martha Stewart

Filled with history, lore, scandal, gossip, politics, recipes, health tips and even Mafia intrigue, Olives is as perceptive as it is passionate. -Patricia Wells, author of Bistro Cooking

A dazzling book of olive mania. -Nancy McKeon, The Washington Post Book World

Delicious . . . A blend of first-rate travel writing and first-rate food writing. -Michael Pakenham, The Baltimore Sun