Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World

Hardcover | April 18, 2014

byJulie Angus

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Inspired by her Syrian forebears' intimate relationship with the olive, Julie Angus embarks on a voyage around the Mediterranean to unlock the secrets of the fruit that meant so much to them. Accompanied by her husband and their ten-month-old son, Angus collects samples from ancient trees to determine where the first olive tree originated; feasts on inky black tapenades and codfish drizzled with olive oil, among many other delights; witnesses the harvesting of olives in Greece; and visits perhaps the oldest olive tree in the world, on Crete. The result is a fascinating history and biography of this most influential and irresistible fruit.

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Inspired by her Syrian forebears' intimate relationship with the olive, Julie Angus embarks on a voyage around the Mediterranean to unlock the secrets of the fruit that meant so much to them. Accompanied by her husband and their ten-month-old son, Angus collects samples from ancient trees to determine where the first olive tree origina...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 18, 2014Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553655141

ISBN - 13:9781553655145

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing approach to the topic This book is a great read. I have gained a tremendous understanding of how the introduction of olive oi has impacted history and continues to the present. Well done!l
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Olive Odyssey I devoured this wonderful book in less than three days. The way the author entwined ancient history, cultivation and such a versatile gastronomic delight is simply fascinating. Angus' educated science mind never once talks above the reader, but invites us along the journey, making molecular biology, suddenly dinner conversation for the masses. The stunning photographs and the Odyssey leave one feeling as if they should book a holiday in an ancient olive grove. The recipes included are a delightful addition. It also proves that travelling with an infant is possible and a very rewarding experience. I encourage the Angus' to plan another adventure so we may look forward to another spellbinding page turner.
Date published: 2014-05-24