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Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date December 5, 2011
Pages 238
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393070217
ISBN-10 0393070212
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Original list price $25.95
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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." 25 black-and-white illustrations

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Hardcover
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1 edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (December 5, 2011)
9780393070217 | details & prices | 238 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $25.95
About: The sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (April 8, 2013)
9780393343618 | details & prices | 257 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $16.95
About: 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 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 Book jacket
CD/Spoken Word
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Unabridged edition from Dreamscape Media Llc (December 5, 2011)
9781611203547 | details & prices | List price $44.99
With Peter Ganim (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Ingram Pub Services (December 5, 2011)
9781611203486 | details & prices | 6.50 × 5.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $44.99
About: For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion.
With Peter Ganim (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Dreamscape Media Llc (December 5, 2011)
9781611203530 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.99
About: The sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization.

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