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!
My husband and I enjoy cooking together and so this was a great listen while we were going to take a long road trip. After the autho identified the significant health benefits of consuming olive oil, he then presented a case for the corruption and adulteration of olive oils commonly sold in grocery stores and offered in restaurants. This book was a very in depth analysis and exposition, but fascinating through and through. Having read this book, I feel like a better consumer and it makes for some great conversation at dinner parties. Moreover, now that we have identified authentic olive oil and the bold taste of authentic oil, I'm grateful to be informed of what to look for in the marketplace. May even consider visiting California to see olive oil growth and production as the process sounds fascinating.
Yes, with the caveat that the narrator reads rather slowly (not terrible), but his impersonation of the voices was TERRIBLE. I was cringing by the end of the book and just wanted him to quit trying. Just read!!!
The story of the olive oil industry! Fraud in the industry goes back to the Romans. But what surprised me most is that Mark Twain actually commented on it in his book, Life on the Mississippi!!
Let me count the ways!! I enjoy the flexibility of Audible but it is the RARE reader who adds to a book being read. More often, it is readers like the one narrating this book, that totally detract from the reading experience. The narrator had such a fake, sappy voice for most of the characters he impersonated. It would have been FAR better if he had just read the book straight without trying to make individual characters voices.
Food Fraud from Roman to Modern times
How does Audible choose its narrators? Seriously, I think I could do a better job than many of the ones I've heard.
I enjoyed the first 25% of the book but after the next quarter i found myself fast forwarding to more repetitious chapters. I never finished the book. However for the money, it's worth it to learn this much about the history of olive oil while driving.
Only got 40 mins into the book before I just couldn't go any further. The story spent so long sucking up to oil with flattering phrases instead of meaningful content that I got sick of it, lost interest, and returned the book.
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.