Olives and olive oil as part of the Mediterranean diet are often praised for their health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol. This book helps the reader take advantage of this simple and abundant ingredient. Olive oil is often lauded for its health properties; how often do we hear about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? When were olives first used in food production and why are olives still grown and enjoyed today? Exquisitely designed and highly illustrated, the 'Ancient and Modern Produce' series aims to look at modern uses for produce that has been handed down to us through the ages. This inspiring book delves into the multifaceted role the olive has played across generations of families who have tilled the soil, tended their groves, harvested, cured and pressed the fruit to produce this oil of life. Demonstrating the myriad uses for the olive and its biodynamic, gourmet derivatives, including a varied source of recipes, the book will also profile some of the world's largest commercial groves as well as boutique producers from around the world, while looking at the issues affecting the industry today.By harnessing the power of IMAGES' smart interactive image technology, the book's beautiful colour photography will link readers to producers, oil makers and home growers, and to additional information about olive festivals and other ways to benefit from and enjoy olives in our modern lives. This is a book that satiates the locavore, but has a global focus and international appeal. AUTHOR: Joe Boschetti is a Melbourne editor with a passion for good food and local produce, as well as quality architecture and design. He has worked on numerous architecture and design titles in his lengthy career with The Images Publishing Group, and currently researches new titles for IMAGES' ever-expanding list of books for the global market. When not frequenting new additions to the local food scene, cooking favourite dishes, or re-reading a Toibin novel, he's most likely actively sourcing ingredients in Melbourne's produce-rich surrounds. SELLING POINTS: - Olives and olive oil as part of the Mediterranean diet are often praised for their health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol.This book helps the reader take advantage of this simple and abundant ingredient - Features information about many of the world's most-experienced and highly-awarded commercial growers and oil makers, but also successful cottage-industry and family growers - Offers ideas on how to best use olives in the modern kitchen - Smart, interactive and full-colour photographs throughout the book link the reader to additional online information - Strong title in a new series: 'Ancient and Modern Produce,' on much-loved and ubiquitous produce and ingredients featured on the modern table. This series aims to pass on the knowledge of ancient growers and users. Readers can take up the challenge of bestowing the knowledge for a new generation 400 col.