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Extra Virginity – the sublime and scandalous world of olive oil

0 Comments 29 April 2012

No, this is not about Popeye’s love life; that subject is a little thin, don’t you think?  Food is a major component of boating.  Flavors grow in the pungent salt air.  It is satisfing  to produce scrumptuous gourmet fare from a small galley.  Gourmet fare is laced with olive oil.  How do you know you are getting the ‘good stuff’?

I had no idea, but I had just purchased an expensive bottle of olive oil with an artistic label from the grocery store.  It didn’t tast any different from the bargain brand I had just finished.

Extra Virginity is an interesting story, well worth the price and time.   Tom Mueller is an exceptionally good writer and an equally good researcher.  Extra Virginity explores the fascinating history of olive oil and the current state of a changing industry.  I had no idea of the dollars involved and the corruption attracted.  I had no idea that huge ocean tankers transported the commodity around the globe.  So I came away with an expanded view of the world economy and a new appreciation of botique venders.  I found Paradiso Olive Oil and Vinegar just a few miles away in Redmond.  Now I can better appreciate the flavors from mild to bold and the blends that accent specific foods.

You wouldn’t use inferior components on your boat.  Put the right olive oil in your galley, and on your table at home, too.  It is so worth the effort.  You can taste the difference.  Extra Virginity will put you on the right course.



Gerry - who has written 111 posts on MVVELKOMMEN.

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