Tuesday, March 14, 2017

First books arrived! and plans being made for distribution.....

While Amazon is predicting an April 11th arrival for books ordered today (and at a discount rate of only $32), Rich, Zeynep and I were pleased as punch to finally see the books in printed form.  We are ordering a few dozen for personal distribution and hope that those of you who ordered from the Royal Society will get yours soon.  Let us know what you think!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

One Day to Release of CSOO

Today's Fun Fact from The Chemical Story of Olive Oil (CSOO) 
Some recent analyses show that the production of olive oil is so green, it actually REDUCES green house gases from the atmosphere. 

In "Sustainability" Chapter 10 of CSOO,* we take a moment to reflect on all the ways in which we can interpret sustainability.  Sustainability can mean the cultural heritage embodied in the production of olive oil, a ritual passed down in families and in communities for hundreds of years.  It can also mean the economic sustainability so important in thinking about carbon footprints and green industries.    

* You can pre-order The Chemical Story of Olive Oil now from The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Two Days to Release of CSOO

Today's Fun Fact from The Chemical Story of Olive Oil (CSOO) 

What athletic competition is the longest continuously running event?   The olive oil wrestling event, Kırkpınar, held each summer in Edirne, Turkey that has been running continuously since 1362 AD.

In "1001 Uses" Chapter 9 of CSOO,* you won't believe the number of amazing and (sometimes) important things you will learn about olive oil.  From its use in soap making in Marseilles to a solvent for hallucinogenic drugs in ancient religious rituals to mouthwash to an emollient for newborns and more.  Whether a king is being anointed or a loved one is being sent on his journey to the next world, olive oil is center stage.  This is a chapter not to be missed.  And of course, you can learn all about olive oil wrestling, sometimes called the National Sport of Turkey.



To find out more about Olive Oil Wrestling follow the link above.


*You can pre-order The Chemical Story of Olive Oil now from The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Three Days to Release of CSOO

Today's Fun Fact from The Chemical Story of Olive Oil (CSOO) 

What food source gives you more energy per gram and more energy per carbon???? 
You guessed it, the monounsaturated fats from olive oil that you consume (in moderation) as part of a Mediterranean Diet.


In "Health" Chapter 8 of CSOO* we uncover the truth about fats, and highlight some of the better understood protective aspects of olive oil with regard to cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, and dementia.  A triply whammy of healthy fats, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory molecules produces a healthy cocktail that should be part of your daily diet.  

*You can pre-order The Chemical Story of Olive Oil now from The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Four Days to Release of CSOO

Today's Fun Fact from The Chemical Story of Olive Oil (CSOO) 
Which sensory organ is the most important contributor to our tasting of olive oil?  ANS......your nose!



In "Tasting" Chapter 7 of CSOO,  we will teach you how to taste olive oils not quite like an expert but close enough to learn your own likes and dislikes that allow you to develop your palate for olive oil.  Expert tasters must pass strict training and regulatory exams to keep their certification current and devote hours of time, usually without compensation.  An "organo-leptic analysis" is part of every certification of EVOO.  How do your senses work and in particular how to we perceive the flavor and fragance of olive oil....Chapter 7 will let you know. 

*You can pre-order The Chemical Story of Olive Oil now from The Royal Society of Chemistry.