Author(s): Mort Rosenblum
A new mass-market edition of Mort Rosenblum's award-winning and much-loved book. In 1986 the author bought a small overgrown farm in Provence; with it, he discovered, were 150 neglected olive trees that were old when the Sun King ruled France. This book is the result of the obsession with the olive that gripped Rosenblum and took him on a journey to the outposts of olivedom. Rosenblum finds local politics reflected in the lush olive groves and uprooted trees in Israel, the mafia grip on the Italian trade, Spanish growers being forced to label their oil as Italian and impoverished growers in Tunisia storing their finest oil in Pepsi bottles. A compelling portrait of people, place and times.