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Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil par [Mueller, Tom]
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Little is what it seems in the world of Italian olive oil, Mueller reveals in this brilliant exposé of the industry... as he travels Italy, Mueller uncovers a murky mafioso world and a trade in Italian food that has been estimated at some 60bn a year --Sunday Times

A work of investigative journalism, yes, but that's only one strand of this book, in which Mueller sings the hymns of praise to the health benefits of olive oil and meets the small growers who are being pushed to the wall while their neighbours get rich selling counterfeit products. Glasgow Herald --Glasgow Herald

An eye-opening account of the dark side of the olive oil trade… as entertaining as it is informative and as fast-paced as a thriller, you will not be able to put it down. --Daily Express (5-star review )



Fascinating --Independent on Sunday

A work of investigative journalism, yes, but that's only one strand of this book, in which Mueller sings the hymns of praise to the health benefits of olive oil and meets the small growers who are being pushed to the wall while their neighbours get rich selling counterfeit products. Glasgow Herald --Glasgow Herald

An eye-opening account of the dark side of the olive oil trade… as entertaining as it is informative and as fast-paced as a thriller, you will not be able to put it down. --Daily Express (5-star review )



Fascinating --Independent on Sunday

Présentation de l'éditeur

"[Mueller reveals] the brazen fraud in the olive oil industry and [teaches] readers how to sniff out the good stuff." —Dwight Garner, New York Times


For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life’s necessities—not just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of religious rituals. But this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt. A superbly crafted combination of cultural history and food manifesto, Extra Virginity takes us on a journey through the world of olive oil, opening our eyes to olive oil’s rich past as well as to the fierce contemporary struggle between oil fraudsters of the globalized food industry and artisan producers whose oil truly deserves the name "extra virgin."


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 267 pages
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company; Édition : 1 (5 décembre 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Avant de lire ce livre, j'ai présumé que les etiquettes sur les bouteilles d'huile d'olive était vrai. Maintenant j'ai une impression très différent. J'ai appris beaucoup sur l'huile d'olive...comment goûter, comment juger...et comment douter les etiquettes. Très très interessant!! J'ai originalement lu le livre sur ma Kindle, et ensuite j'ai acheté deux exemplaires en plus pour mes amis.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Loving an endangered species 22 janvier 2012
Par Blue in Washington - Publié sur Amazon.com
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An interview with author Tom Mueller on NPR's "Splendid Table" program led me to buy the book. Mueller is just as passionate in person about his subject--great olive oil--as he is in his writing. He is equally strong in chronicling his outrage over what the greed of producers and distributors is doing to undermine the quality of the product. All of this is laid out at length in "Extra Virginity". And it is the extensive investigatory reporting on the greed and criminality that makes the book drag considerably. Still, it does make his warnings and buying counsel to consumers of olive oil the more convincing, even if it makes the book more difficult to read.

What I (gratefully) did get from this book were some great sources to find authentic extra virgin olive oil and a persuasive argument that quality in the product does matter for culinary and health reasons. These are two good reasons to buy Mueller's book. And here's a tip to perspective readers who might, like me, tire of the long passages about Italian oil criminality or semi-cryptic descriptions of olive oil's chemical makeup: you can skip to page 221 of the book where begins Mueller's detailed Appendix, and where you will find all of the information you need to locate, buy and appreciate authentic extra virgin olive oil of any origin. It includes what to avoid as well as how and when to purchase. I have used the information and bought my first Mueller-recommended oil--a Spanish label, Castillo de Canena, that is every good thing that Mueller promised it would be, including crushingly expensive.

Finally, here are a few important things that the reader will get from this book: most extra virgin olive oil sold in the U.S. probably isn't extra virgin oil; to get the good stuff, you have to pay a premium; olive oil is great for your health, if you get the right stuff; the color of the oil doesn't indicate quality; point of origin indicated on the label of any olive oil doesn't relate to quality; there is no single country that produces "the best olive oil".

So, although this may not be the easiest-flowing book, overall it's a fine source of information about an important and interesting food product that is a big plus to quality of life.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Informational, yet a tad boring 26 janvier 2016
Par TruxtonSpangler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Being an informational book, this was excellent. The problem with it is that it got repetitive. I understand the author's zeal to right the wrongs of the olive oil industry, and perhaps the story is a one-note song: Everyone's corrupt but for a few souls who are dedicated to get the oil industry right. The trouble with that is that it makes for a slog of a read after awhile. I appreciate Mr. Mueller's knowledge of the subject, his interest in seeing this corrected and his passion for the subject. Unfortunately, the subject matter didn't lend itself to a riveting book. It also saddened me in that from the sounds of it, the only way I can be sure to have premium quality olive oil is to pay through the nose for it (and still trust that it's authentic) or have my own olive garden. Sadly, I don't live in an area where olive trees survive, much less thrive.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Do you like Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Are you sure? 30 mars 2016
Par xmarc999 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mr Mueller has a love for EVOO...and is in disbelief over the blatant exploitation of a sublime title being applied to stuff just this side of motor oil. He explains how, despite technological developments, extra virgin olive oil is a labor of love...one with a small profit margin. What makes this such a rough business is an industry wide inclination to cheat, mislabel, bedazzle and confuse.The artisans putting their heart and soul into extracting a divine elixir are little match (financially) for chemists deodorizing funky oil, hucksters selling pomace oil (the lowest grade) as EVOO, and complacent officials protecting corruption. All is not black and white, and he does not back away from the gray. He writes equally compellingly of history, and of those on all sides of this convoluted story.
I can only add that if let one drop of olive oil pass your lips, you should read this book. I am now in the midst of planning an olive oil vacation here in the States; something I would not have imagined before reading this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I knew nothing about olive oil, now I'm a notch or two above that. 23 janvier 2014
Par Harlan Kanoa Sheppard - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Somehow or other, I ended up reading about olive oil and was swept up in what I could only describe as a nerdy version of "SCANDALOUS!!!" as I was gripped by the dramatics of olive oil. The tiny, hard-working producers turning out mediocre to good olive oil. The massive, shadowy corporate conglomerates surreptitiously swirling one oil with another to shave costs.

It's surprisingly deep.

The author/narrator walks from producer to trader in what some of my contemporaries may more easily identify with World War Z. All discussing the same overall narrative, but from many different and outspoken viewpoints. The reader is educated in a respectful context, not being led by the nose nor spoon-fed the various tidbits of lore or fact. At the end of the book is a glossary which helps a lot to put back together the things you've learned into context.

I found the book lacking only in that I personally yearn for a more technical understanding of things. Less subjective. There was so much opinion from this farmer or that producer that I didn't feel their opinions were very valuable from an objective standpoint. If anything, the whole of the olive oil world (insofar as I've learned from this book) suffers from a massive lack of objectivity or prevalent standards. Who makes good olive oil? Kinda sorta these guys.

Don't get me wrong. I went and bought several bottles of olive oil immediately so that I could begin enjoying my fats in a different manner. Overall it was a good read.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Answered all my questions about EVOO and then some! 9 septembre 2016
Par Christine H. Farlow - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is an excellent book that has more than you'll ever want to know about extra virgin olive oil. The author traveled the world and interviewed key people in the world of olive oil - both sides of the fence. It will answer all your questions about how to tell a good olive oil, which olive oils brands are good. It covers the fraud in Europe, other countries and in the US. The UC Davis Olive Oil Research Center [...] is a good reliable resource based here in the US. The book also lists links to a wide variety of resources. I read the book because I wanted to know the details about good quality EVOO and adulterated EVOO. I got more than I bargained for. It starts out kind of dry; I almost put it down before I got through the first chapter, but I'm glad I didn't. It was well worth the read. I will be saving it as a reference.
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