I have been travelling the world of olive oil for many years and I also try to keep in touch with growers and producers in as many countries as possible. Now all this work has come together in my new monograph just published by The International Wine and Food Society. Entitled Around the World with Olive Oil: a look at quality, styles and flavour characteristics the monograph takes in 25 countries and singles out over 100 award-winning extra virgin olive oils for special mention.
I divided the monograph into two sections to take in a general understanding of olive oil followed by a tour round the leading regions olive oil producing countries of the world. In the first half I have tried to answer the many questions that are asked about olive oil and at the same time counteract some of the commonest misconceptions about it. The second half not only brings you up to date with developments in the various regions but also offer some best buys along with regional food recommendations
This is the seventeenth in the IWFS series of monographs and the second for which I have been privileged to be commissioned. Way back in the 1990s I wrote the fourth monograph on French AOC cheeses. I still love cheese but my focus has moved on since then.