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Extra Virginity Audiobook

Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

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?
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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".

©2012 Tom Mueller (P)2011 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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    "SHOCKING !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Extra Virginity to be better than the print version?

    Audio is good everyone should hear this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very informative book. I loved the history but I did have a sad reaction to this book. I lost trust in the fact that no matter the integrity of generations, it can all be ruined by greed of a few.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Chicago, IL, United States 12-26-12
    Robert Chicago, IL, United States 12-26-12
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    "Great subject, sad story"

    This book is a must-read if you are interested in where your food comes from, how it gets to your plate, and what is in it. Not all food has the same history and contorted path, but the threats are the same. Dilution, mislabeling, adulterating, and blatant cheating.

    Like most popular items that carry a premium price - the masses want it cheaper and there are shady businesspeople that are willing to let them think they got a good deal. The power and quality of real olive oil is an amazing story. The artisans that bring it to the table have much history to share. Unfortunately, they are being squeezed out of business and the consumer is getting cheated by the same thing - lack of standards and meaningful rules that tell consumers what is in a product and where it came from so they can make an educated choice.

    Hopefully, with more awareness things can be changed and the consumer will know what they are buying and eating.

    The only thing I would change is the glossary at the end. This is of limited use in audio format and should be at the very end after the "Tips and Suggestions" for finding, buying, and using real olive oil.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    dr 07-30-12
    dr 07-30-12
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    "Well worth the listen - if you eat"
    What did you love best about Extra Virginity?

    This is an informative book about the olive oil trade. The scams that go on in oil labeling, bottling, and sales will likely shock most readers. Unless you are already well informed about this, the book will give you much needed practical information that will help you make informed decisions about what oil to buy, how to use it, and how not to waste your money.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extra Virginity?

    the section on oil substitutions and adulterants


    What three words best describe Peter Ganim???s voice?

    bad at accents


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the slippery side of olive oil


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 07-12-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 07-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enlightening"

    Opens your eyes to the fraud committed with the majority of EVO on the grocery shelves and the blind eye the regulators turn towards it. Fraud of billions of dollars of either olive oil below extra virgin standards or adulterated with other oils. Not only cheats consumers but penalizes reputable makers by fake EVO below their cost to produce authentic EVO.
    Along with showing the corruption in the olive oil industry this books also makes one appreciate the history of olives and the pure joy of tasting good oil.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K. Jost philadephia 05-14-13
    K. Jost philadephia 05-14-13 Member Since 2014

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    "a sensory delight"
    Where does Extra Virginity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorites


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    find out what you've really been eating


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a delightful book, with great narration and a fascinating story. I decided to go out and buy an olive oil that was higher grade than my usual grocery store brand oil, and found that there is a significant difference in the taste, color and texture in a better olive oil. Its nice to read a book and get a sense for what the author is trying to explain in your own home. Overall 5-stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-24-12
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AR 02-08-16
    AR 02-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

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    Pasquale DeMaio 04-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting and informative - get the word out!"

    A little dry for the average reader, I found this book very enjoyable and informative unfortunately, a lot of the story is a bit disturbing in terms of the state of the olive oil industry. A must read for the serious foodie, though. I learned a lot about olive oil, it's quality, it's history, and the industry. Hopefully more will read it resulting in improved olive oil quality everywhere.
    Excellent narration as well.

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    Tom Perrysburg, Ohio 08-22-12
    Tom Perrysburg, Ohio 08-22-12 Member Since 2004
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    "This is a book report on Olive Oil"

    This is an informative book, and the anecdotes are interesting, but I have limited patience for rambling. After 3 hours, I still had no idea when the story was suppose to start. I rarely give up on a book, but I just could not give another minute to Extra Virginity. I would compare this story to the ramblings of a talkative seat-partner on a transatlantic flight. This would be a good coffee table book, but skip the audiobook . . .

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Philomont, VA, USA 02-26-16
    Amazon Customer Philomont, VA, USA 02-26-16
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    "Great story; not so great narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extra Virginity?

    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!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    If you could give Extra Virginity a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Food Fraud from Roman to Modern times


    Any additional comments?

    How does Audible choose its narrators? Seriously, I think I could do a better job than many of the ones I've heard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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