Like an Extra Virgin

This article was very interesting, although I felt that Meneley’s points were at times unclear.  Specifically, I was confused by her comparison of muslims to olive oil, but I am interested in discussing this point further in class.  Aside from my confusion, the rest of the article was intriguing (on a side note, Meneley’s descriptions of olive oil also made me hungry).  I have never thought about olive oil, or any other food for that matter, as deeply as Meneley has here.  For example, I thought olive oils role in industrialism was interesting, considering it was used for greasing machines.  Additionally, I found her discussion on the purity of olive oil most interesting.  It got me thinking about the authenticity of food and what that really means.  It seems, at least in the case of olive oil, that the more culturally represented (or authentic) a food is, the better.  That is to say that people find authentic food to taste best, and be the best for you.  It is a very interesting topic and I’m already wanting to take it to many different avenues.  For example, what does a particular food say about a particular culture? Americans seem to enjoy authentic food (given the slow and local food movements that are growing in popularity), and yet we seem to change other cultures food to our standards.  For example, there is undoubtedly a difference between american-chinese food and authentic-chinese food, or american-mexican food and authentic mexican food.  The point I’m trying to get at is that the way people choose to eat their food can directly say something about their culture as well.  I believe this is the general point that Meneley was trying to make, aside from her more specific ones.

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