[Download] Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil By Tom Mueller

Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

By: Tom Mueller
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
Length: 10 hours
Release date: Dec 5, 2011
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (67 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion. Today's researchers continue 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 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. Extra Virginity is an inspiring account of the people who are defending the extraordinary oils that truly deserve the name 'extra-virgin.'
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32 Responses to “[Download] Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil By Tom Mueller”

  1. Gene Gilgan

    an informative ‘read’
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

  2. Heather

    Excellent, keeps your interest!
    I listened to this book in my car and really enjoyed it! Tom Mueller kept the subject fresh and relevant by introducing the reader to the history, and people (globally) that make olive oil the “liquid gold” that we consume. I will never buy a bottle again without reading the label. And I intend to educate myself on the flavor profiles of oil. This book is for the scholar, book-lover, agronomist, economist, traveler, foodie, and the casual cook alike.

  3. Troy Edwards

    There was a short article’s worth of material
    Mostly fluff, and way overly dramatized filler for the rest.

    It was interesting and informative to learn about how most extra virgin olive oil is… really not what you’re paying for/getting. However, this could be summed up in a brief article

  4. Fabian Mincer

    I tried, but I couldn’t finish this book
    Any additional comments?

  5. Cristy Germani

    Who Knew
    Who knew that there was a book of olive oil. “Extra Virginity” was very interesting on olive oil Even though I don’t cook, I know what food should taste like and olive oil is one of them. Interesting subject to study and taste.

  6. Jim Pilkington

    Enjoyable, but…
    I enjoyed it and I think I learned a lot.
    I say I think I learned a lot because I noticed that not every bit of information related as truth was accurate.
    For example, the book explains Hanukkah as being an internal matter of factions within the Jews battling over control of the temple. (If you don’t know that history–suffice it to say that this is not what happened!)

    Other than not fact checking some information, I liked it and have a couple bottles of real olive oil on order and the family is excited to see if we will enjoy what we have been missing!

  7. Zoe Dopf

    VERY Informative!
    Easy to listen to, gives factual information within the stories. This is a must read for all lovers of Olive Oil!

  8. KeiL

    Most boring book ever.
    I’m a foodie and loved “Real Food Fake Food” where this book was suggested, but after 4 hours I can’t listen anymore. The narrator’s voice reminds me of the reel to reel (I’m old) instructional movies we had to watch in elementary school. Annoying then and now. The content is detailed but, again, SO BORING, and the author takes a very long time today each boring thing. Disappointed.

  9. Allison

    Interesting but Pretentious
    This is a book that I wish I had purchased physically instead of the audio book. The stories and subjects are interesting, and I learned more about olive oil than I’d ever dreamed of, but the reader comes across as patronizing and condescending, and he gets way too in to accents, which is problematic when nearly every speaker is either Italian or Australian. I’d recommend this book, but not from this reader

  10. Julian Heldt

    ,Very interesting!!!!
    I will be much more careful when buying olive oil!!! Thanks for enlightening me ?!!!!!

  11. Rhett Stapley

    Like School
    What did you like best about Extra Virginity? What did you like least?

  12. Drema Curey

    Fantastic Audiobook
    What did you love best about Extra Virginity?

  13. Ladonna Bavelas

    Great story; ok performance
    The title certainly leads one to know what to expect, & the story itself was fantastic.

    Through the 1st 1/2 of the book especially, however, the reader’s performance of various accents and personalities felt very forced.

  14. Calvin B.

    Who new!
    I had no idea that the history of olive oil could be so interesting. I was totally unaware and miss-informed about the subject.

  15. Leif L.

    Extraordinary book.
    I came so close to NOT buying this extraordinary book. I hope others will not be put off by the title, as I nearly was, finding it too cute for words. I hovered for quite a while and finally, Thank God, went for it. Except for the title there is not a word I would change. Peter Ganim is a marvelous narrator. He seemed so easy with the text, the people, and the Italian language I thought for the longest time he must be the author. The book is fascinating. I had no idea that there is so much to know about olive oil. I am ashamed of myself. My palate must be non-existent. Olive oil had always just been olive oil and if it cost enough and had “Extra Virgin” on the bottle I knew I was getting the best. Little did I know. And now I won’t be able to enjoy bad olive oil ever again. What a loss, what?

    But, seriously there is much to know. How did we as a species ever discover it? It was well disguised. First it was a bush that had to be coddled for eons before finally succumbing to becoming a tree … and this millenia ago! And then the olive tree and the olive itself needs all kinds of constant fiddling with before it deigns to become oil or even edible. And one learns, as with wine, olive oils differ, depending on from whence they come. It seems impossible that the humankind I know ever had the patience to hang in there. But they did and prevailed. Now the great chefs have all sorts of varieties which they use only for this or on that. On top of all this olive oil, unlike nearly every other comestible from alcohol to nuts, are pretty much unregulated. The various oil brands are pretty much at liberty to label their product as they wish, and even go as far as to claim organiicity (if that’s a word) when it ain’t so.

    The book is full of many great souls and some not so great …. There are Eureka moments such as the discovery by Dr. Gary Beecham, a most brave and estimable Professor who in the course of trying to pin down his discovery that Ibuprofen and olive oil share an important component, ingested horrible things for months on end for science and us..

    I found myself listening to this segment or that again and again. There’s just a lot I don’t want to forget and want to be able to refer to in years to come. To this end I have made “clips” and “bookmarks” galore.

    And dreadful things do unfold, of course; millions of olives trees destroyed by war and pestilence, crooks, cartels, and just a hay day of shenanigans. But, on the whole, there is something about this book, (whether its the writing, the narrator, both???) that is, well, friendly, welcoming. I think Tom Mueller thinks I know more than I do, He kind of treats me as a fellow, an equal who is just interested in knowing a little bit more. Intentionally or not, there’s something just plain delightful in the way this history unfolds. I found myself smiling a lot and also found it very hard to put the thing down.

  16. Freeman Boreen

    Mind-Expanding World Information
    Would you listen to Extra Virginity again? Why?

  17. AR

    An absolutely wonderful book 🙂
    The mind blowing truth about the world of Olive Oil and beyond. Absolutely wonderful, a book that I will always treasure. I am grateful for the information found in this book… it opened my eyes and changed my life.

  18. Arianne Venskoske

    Overly Dramatized
    What disappointed you about Extra Virginity?

  19. Dana Rusk

    I have always had an interest in olive oil. My family for many generations farmed olives in Palestine. I’ve tasted excellent extra virgin oil, and lampante oil. But I never really understood the history, the marketplace, and the details in which the author goes into. I highly recommend this read, if you have any interest at all in olive oil, which you should :).

  20. Suzi Teamer

    This was pleasant yet compelling and familiar. a friend recommended it, hats off to the narrator.

  21. Kieth O.

    Quite an Eye Opener
    I have often wondered what “Extra Virgin” meant. Like the word “unique” which means one of a kind and therefore there can be no degrees of uniqueness how can there be degrees of virginity. One is either a virgin or a non virgin.

    This reading, or in my case this listening, has answered more questions than I would have ever have thought could be asked. I will definitely have to listen to this book many more times taking notes as I go before I feel even a little confident in tasting or buying any olive (or other oil for that matter) regardless of where, or how it is produced, bottled, advertised, or marketed. Quite a though provoking work.

  22. Prince Aubert

    Great history of olive oil
    What did you like best about Extra Virginity? What did you like least?

  23. Seth Rist

    I wouldn’t bother with this book
    You can pick up the New York Times Book Review of the book and get all of the knowledge you need and spare yourself the brain damage of listening to it. I felt like there were a few interesting facts but that the author was writing a school report and was looking for fluff items to fill the book.

  24. Rodolfo Adelgren

    Too boring for me
    Not my thing. Thought it might be interesting, but I was so bored. It may just be me though.

  25. Man Gerczak

    probably the root cause of caveat emptor
    Seems like the chance of actually getting extra virgin olive oil in the high priced bottle you just bought is pretty slim. Surprising to me, the book describes the need to develop an acquired taste to actually enjoy it. Overall, a solid taste of the good, the bad and the ugly in growing olives, pressing them and ultimately selling olive oil.

  26. Barney Sabol

    What are we buying?
    Every oil user should read about the complicated world of olive oil. Be a better consumer.

  27. Toya Cudworth

    Great story; not so great narrator
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  28. Pearle Eckart

    Olive oil and its many uses
    If you could sum up Extra Virginity in three words, what would they be?

  29. LAM X LUU

    A Superb Book and Performance
    Where does Extra Virginity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  30. Garret Serapion

    olive or fake
    Gives an overview of the olive industry and how it has become mix of those who love the olive and those who love money more than quality. You will want to research any olive oil source before you buy. Much needs to be done to clean up the industry and get the true product to consumers.

  31. Amada B.

    Wow! Who knew?!
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  32. Larry Sanislo

    The Sacred & Profane Of A Pressed Fat!!!
    If you’re a Foodie, you’ll love “Extra Virginity”! If, however, you love political or religious history, chemistry, food revolutions, technology, you’ll really like this book.
    It chronicles the Golden Age of Olive Oil (those Greeks, I tell ya), to Oil Bosses, to Technologically Advanced Mills, and gets into the chemical composition of oil (and there are CSI types of sleuths who have to thoroughly examine acids, triglycerides, and the like because fudging with oil leaves a trace… just like a crime scene). There’s its heathen appeal–smearing it all over your body for wanton practices, its symbolical appeal–Israeli soldiers planting a sapling, asking/declaring that anything beyond that is meant for them, its basis for judicial persecution (How dare you call my oil hazelnut oil!), so many things.
    Indeed, at just over 10 hours, there’s a lot. There’s a lot of waxing poetic about nature, historical and physical features of the people Mueller’s talked to (like someone with a hump on their shoulder), in depth digressions into the history of contraband and smuggling, etc.
    Still, a delightful, eye-opening book.
    I used to make fun of my brother for swirling his wine around, sniffing it, lolling it just so on his tongue. Now, after “Extra Virginity”, I know how to loll around and judge extra virgin olive oil. Hint: Cleanse your palate with mineral water or a bite of a granny smith apple in between…!

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