Extra Virginity

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4 out of 5 stars
By Marla on 05-27-16

For every foodie

My husband and I enjoy cooking together and so this was a great listen while we were going to take a long road trip. After the autho identified the significant health benefits of consuming olive oil, he then presented a case for the corruption and adulteration of olive oils commonly sold in grocery stores and offered in restaurants. This book was a very in depth analysis and exposition, but fascinating through and through. Having read this book, I feel like a better consumer and it makes for some great conversation at dinner parties. Moreover, now that we have identified authentic olive oil and the bold taste of authentic oil, I'm grateful to be informed of what to look for in the marketplace. May even consider visiting California to see olive oil growth and production as the process sounds fascinating.

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24 of 26 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 12-26-12

Great subject, sad story

This book is a must-read if you are interested in where your food comes from, how it gets to your plate, and what is in it. Not all food has the same history and contorted path, but the threats are the same. Dilution, mislabeling, adulterating, and blatant cheating.

Like most popular items that carry a premium price - the masses want it cheaper and there are shady businesspeople that are willing to let them think they got a good deal. The power and quality of real olive oil is an amazing story. The artisans that bring it to the table have much history to share. Unfortunately, they are being squeezed out of business and the consumer is getting cheated by the same thing - lack of standards and meaningful rules that tell consumers what is in a product and where it came from so they can make an educated choice.

Hopefully, with more awareness things can be changed and the consumer will know what they are buying and eating.

The only thing I would change is the glossary at the end. This is of limited use in audio format and should be at the very end after the "Tips and Suggestions" for finding, buying, and using real olive oil.

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30 of 33 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-03-13


Would you consider the audio edition of Extra Virginity to be better than the print version?

Audio is good everyone should hear this book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very informative book. I loved the history but I did have a sad reaction to this book. I lost trust in the fact that no matter the integrity of generations, it can all be ruined by greed of a few.

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18 of 20 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-12-13


Opens your eyes to the fraud committed with the majority of EVO on the grocery shelves and the blind eye the regulators turn towards it. Fraud of billions of dollars of either olive oil below extra virgin standards or adulterated with other oils. Not only cheats consumers but penalizes reputable makers by fake EVO below their cost to produce authentic EVO.
Along with showing the corruption in the olive oil industry this books also makes one appreciate the history of olives and the pure joy of tasting good oil.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By dr on 07-30-12

Well worth the listen - if you eat

What did you love best about Extra Virginity?

This is an informative book about the olive oil trade. The scams that go on in oil labeling, bottling, and sales will likely shock most readers. Unless you are already well informed about this, the book will give you much needed practical information that will help you make informed decisions about what oil to buy, how to use it, and how not to waste your money.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Extra Virginity?

the section on oil substitutions and adulterants

What three words best describe Peter Ganim???s voice?

bad at accents

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

the slippery side of olive oil

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12 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Shawn M Viveiros on 06-29-16

impressive story about olive oil

this book has allowed me to enjoy olive oil much more. learning about the intricate methods of producing olive oil from the groves, to the process, to the sale, this book enlightened me to look at olive oil in a new light! more a story telling than just a factual piece, the listen was easy and entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about olive oil and the world behind it. As an educated consumer now, I now know what to look for when purchasing olive oil. You may also learn a little Italian while enjoying this book!

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