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Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil (Hardcover)

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I am anxiously anticipating Extra Virginity: The Sublime & Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller, because at my age, I can use some extra virginity.  Seriously.  And who doesn't need a little scandal for dessert?  The subject of fraud relating to the production and selling of Extra Virgin Olive Oil was introduced by the author in his explosive Aug-2007 article in The New Yorker in which he described the extent of the fraud as follows: "In 1997 and 1998, olive oil was the most adulterated agricultural product in the European Union, prompting the E.U.’s anti-fraud office to establish an olive-oil task force.  (“Profits were comparable to cocaine trafficking, with none of the risks,” an investigator told the author.)”  In a rich narrative, Extra Virginity documents the history of this age-old product as a food-group, health and beauty aid and necessity in certain religious rites; through the current actions of the artisans, activists, analysts and advocates who are trying to keep the industry "pure." --Karen McCue


"Extra Virginity" is the sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0393070212
ISBN-13: 9780393070217
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 12/01/2011
Pages: 238
Language: English