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olive growers and oil makers, he found a whole new world of humor and wisdom. From his base in Provence, Rosenblum journeyed to the outposts of olivedom: from Andalusia to the Holy Land; up Moroccan mountains and across Greek islands; from Tuscan palazzos to California wine country and forgotten groves in the Mexican desert; to the disputed borders of Bosnia. Along the way, 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 poor growers in Tunisia storing their finest in Pepsi bottles. He also records the continuing romance and passion olive growers feel for their work, whether they pick by hand, by whacking the limbs, or with a goat horn. Olives is at once a witty, lyrical look at the Mediterranean world and a homage to the olive, an essential ingredient of any life worth living.