The sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization.For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life's necessities-not just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of religious ritual. Today's researchers are continuing to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality.
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Tom Mueller is a free-lance writer of non-fiction and fiction. He was educated at Oxford (DPhil, Rhodes Scholar), Harvard (BA, summa cum laude), and Alief Hastings High School in rural east Texas, home of the Fighting Bears. Tom studied classical guitar in Seville, Spain with América Martínez, a disciple of Andrés Segovia. He also worked as an associate in M&A at Goldman Sachs in their London and Frankfurt offices. He has lived or worked in 48 countries.
Tom’s first book, Extra Virginity, is a New York Times best-selling account of olive oil culture, history, and crime. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, National Geographic Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere, and have been included in anthologies like Best American Science Writing and Best American Travel Writing.
Tom is currently writing a non-fiction book on individuals, corporations and the law to be published in 2017 by Penguin-Random House (in their Riverhead imprint); and completing Subterranea, an historical novel and archaeological thriller set in the physical and psychic strata of Rome. He lives with my family in a small village in northwest Italy, near the French border.