THE BIG BOOK OF OIL
An insider’s guide to the world’s finest commercial extra-virgin olive oils
It is neither a manual nor a guide. But like a manual, it offers useful information and, like all guides, it helps to guide your choices, including your purchases, through a careful selection of the best extra virgin olive oils in the world market.
Short texts, a strong visual impact, and the support of an extensive series of infographics, charts, diagrams, illustrations, geographic and sensory maps, help to decipher a food and the world around it in a simple and easy way, all yet to be deciphered and discovered.
Where are olive trees grown? Which are the main cultivars that produce the best and most celebrated extra virgin olive oils? Where are the oil mills located in the world? What’s in the oil, how do we taste it and what and how should we choose from the many oils available on the market? And again: which oils are best for cooking and which are ideal for seasoning? How to combine them correctly and in what dosage?
Reading The Big Book of Oil you will also find the names of the main protagonists of the scene, with the oils selected by six juries of the Milan International Olive Oil Award contest.
Once you have finished reading it, you will be left with the curiosity and desire to travel and explore further, as well as the awareness of having acquired the basic tools to understand, even on your own, which are the most suitable territories for production and which companies can guarantee us high and constant quality.
Luigi Caricato is a writer, journalist, publisher, and oleologist. He has published many books, including L’incanto dell’olio italiano (Bibliotheca Culinaria, 2001), Oli d’Italia (Mondadori, 2001), Star bene con l’olio d’oliva (Tecniche Nuove, 2003), Olio. Puro succo d’oliva (Tecniche Nuove, 2005), A tavola e in cucina con le olive (Tecniche Nuove, 2007), Friggere bene (con Giuseppe Capano; Tecniche Nuove, 2009), Olio di lago (Mondadori, 2010), Olio: crudo e cotto (con Giuseppe Capano; Tecniche Nuove, 2012), Libero Olio in libero Stato (Zona Franca, 2013; Olio Officina, 2018) e Atlante degli oli italiani (Mondadori, 2015). For Besa Editions he published the novel L’olio della conversione (2005, 2006).
Edizione Illustrata / Illustrated edition
Bilingual Edition English/Italian
Olio Officina / Series OOF Book Extra
32 euro / pp. 496 / paperback
First edition: October 2021