Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!
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.
Who knoew there was so much politicking going on in the world of olive oil? While I may not go out and start drinking shot glasses full to measure quality, I definitely want to try different flavors on the higher end stuff. Maybe hit an olive-oil bar in CA... Great listen!
I loved the apparent curiosity of the main character and how this was inflected by the narrator.
The bit on food law both domestically and internationally.
i am interested in the overall topic of food production, its history and bumps along the way, including the adulteration along the way of various products, including olive oil. so this book is worth the time for a listen. it does go a bit slow, though. i think some tighter editing would have improved the book and made its overall message easier and quicker to absorb.
the general description of how oil has been and is tampered with in its journey from the tree to the consumer is of central value to this book.
sadly, after listening to about 400 recorded books on this service, i found the narration of this title to be the worst i've encountered. ganim's reading of this book gets in the way of the story it is supposed to tell. this isn't a work of fiction where we want a bit of acting to spice up the characters. the fake accents of various interviewees were desperately poor and extremely annoying.
I got a lot of knowledge from this book and the narrator was great, but I wasn't really enertained. It was like a college course on olive oil.
I know that the author switched subjects and places, but it seemed like the same story over and over.
He did a great job with all characters. One of my favorite narrators
It was interesting. I learned a few things. I never sat in my garage at home, because I couldn't turn off the book though
You will crave high-quality olive oil during and after reading this book. Fantastic narration, juicy history, and a nice dose of business and politics this book has it all. Olive Oil is such a rich topic, from mafiosos to Greek gods and models it is a truly rich subject. The author appreciates and is passionate about his subject.
I compare this book to Onward (the autobiography of Starbucks founder) because the descriptions of the oil are much like the descriptions of the coffee roasts. They make you want to go to the nearest olive oil distributor!
Peter Ganim is a fantastic narrator.
The performance is overly dramatized. It felt like I was listening to a poorly directed and acted whodunit.
The story may be fine had I been able to focus on that and not the overly dramatized performance.
Among the best
This is not fiction
Characters to voices of various people interviewed for the book.
It introduces me to Extra Virgin oil, which is awesome
A very good book, both content and voice wise.