Tom Mueller writes for The New Yorker and other publications. He lives in a medieval stone farmhouse surrounded by olive groves in the Ligurian countryside outside of Genoa, Italy.
"Starred review. Engrossing history, vivid contemporary reporting and a cogent call to action, expertly blended in an illuminating text." -- Kirkus Reviews "The New Yorker writer does for his subject what Susan Orlean did for orchids." -- Columbus Dispatch "... [Extra-Virginity] does for olive oil what Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation did for hamburgers. Mueller traces the history of this valuable product from antiquity to the present, but the really disturbing part is his expose of the inferior quality control and outright fraud among today's' oil producers." -- Hollywood Reporter "How long have readers been waiting for a book like this? A century? A millennium? Finally, the earth's most poetic food has found its storyteller. Essential, smart, and ridiculously overdue." -- Bill Buford, author of Heat