Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

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Extra Virginity is a rich, fluid and evocative account of the history and alchemy of olive oil, and of how the finest artisanal oil-manufacturers - in the deep south of Italy, around the Mediterranean, in California, Down Under and beyond - are endangered by the widespread fraud of one of mankind's oldest and most versatile products.
'Extra Virginity' is a rich, fluid and evocative account of the history and alchemy of olive oil, and of how the finest artisanal oil-manufacturers - in the deep south of Italy, around the Mediterranean, in California, Down Under and beyond - are endangered by the widespread fraud of one of mankind's oldest and most versatile products.

The best oils are made by authentic artist-craftsmen, who marry centuries-old agricultural wisdom with cutting-edge extraction technology, and now produce the finest oils in history. However, these producers are being steadily driven from the market: extra-virgin olive oil is difficult and expensive to make, yet alarmingly easy to adulterate. Skilled oil criminals are flooding the market with low-cost, faux extra-virgins, reaping rich profits and undercutting honest producers, whilst authorities in Italy, the US and elsewhere turn a blind eye.

From the feisty pugliese woman of sixty struggling to keep the family business afloat to her industrialist neighbour who has allegedly grown wealthy on counterfeit oil, to Benedictine monks in Western Australia and poker-playing agriculture barons in northern California who make this ancient foodstuff in New World ways, Mueller distils the passions and life stories of oil producers, and explores the conflict, culinary vitality and cultural importance of great olive oil.
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Weight 0.238000
Author Mueller, Tom
Availability IP
Department Food and Drink
Edition Main
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781848870062
Pages 256
Published 01/01/2013
Publisher Atlantic Books
Section Food and Drink
Size Unfolded 200x130mm
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