Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller

Extra Virginity

By Tom Mueller

  • Release Date: 2011-12-05
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
Score: 3.5
From 88 Ratings
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The sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization.
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 ritual. Today's researchers are continuing 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 in the food industry 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. A rich and deliciously readable narrative, Extra Virginity is also an inspiring account of the artisanal producers, chemical analysts, chefs, and food activists who are defending the extraordinary oils that truly deserve the name "extra-virgin."


  • Extra virginity

    Great read!
  • Superb

    By vivacolor
    Well written, well researched, fascinating and long overdue. Shocking and will change how I approach oils in the future.
  • Way overdue

    By Divinabuddy
    I had no idea how complex the olive oil world is. I love to cook and eat and I cannot imagine how many times over the past decades I mistakenly used junk oil while believing it is the real thing. Thank you for this book and I can only hope that many others like me will support the real extra virgin olive oil producers and make their live a bit easier.