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
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