“In this volume Carol Drinkwater leaves her beloved olive farm to explore the olive growing regions around the Mediterranean. This is a journey of discovery during which she explores the history, cultivation and culture associated with the ageless olive tree. Her travels take her to France, Morocco, Algeria and Sicily where she provides the reader with insights into the varied cultures as well as the many different cultivation techniques and beliefs associated with the olive tree and olive oil.
I did not find this work as enjoyable as the four previous books by Carol Drinkwater. This story, while it provides interesting history and facts about the regions covered, occasionally gets a bit tedious. Her experiences in the various regions are interesting however the telling tends to drag at times. The first and last chapters are familiar and enjoyable as she starts and ends this book at her Appassionata. There is an appendix with several pages of interesting facts about olive trees and olive oil as well as a group of Carol's favorite recipes using olive oil.
Bookish wrote this review Thursday, September 16, 2010.