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Publisher's Summary

For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion. Today's researchers continue to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt?
Starting with an explosive article in The New Yorker, Tom Mueller has become the world's expert on olive oil and olive oil fraud - a story of globalization, deception, and crime 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. Extra Virginity is an inspiring account of the people who are defending the extraordinary oils that truly deserve the name "extra-virgin".
©2012 Tom Mueller (P)2011 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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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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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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