His vivid descriptions of the people he met in investigating olive oil quality and corruption give the book a detective story quality. Once you start reading, it’s hard to put it down. The thoroughness of his determined search to figure out exactly what is going on in the production of oil world wide is impressive.
One of the most important outcomes of his research is: Real oil is not cheap. He explains in detail why if you pay $2-3 for a bottle of “Extra Virgin”, it can’t be “Extra Virgin”.
Until I read his book, I never would have understood what the left-hand label in this photo I took at a restaurant in Italy meant.
Refined or “Pomace” oil refers to taking pulp, skins and seeds of mechanically pressed olives (for Extra Virgin or Virgin), pressing them and refining the oil with heat. Unscrupulous producers often try to sell this oil as Extra Virgin, but here it is labeled correctly. After reading Mueller’s description of pomace oil, it’s hard to believe anyone would buy or use it.
Since writing the book, Mueller website with practical advice about:
-how to taste and become a certified taster
-how to choose/buy real oil
-how to get the health benefits of oil
He is also at work on a documentary film. Stay tuned.
To order Extra Virginity from Amazon:
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