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


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Audio is good everyone should hear this book.

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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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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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