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Like a Virgin …From the Sordid to the Divine
How much do you really know about olive oil? Did you know that what you think is extra virgin may be refined oil or not even olive oil? Did you know that olives were considered so sacred in the 7th century BC, that only virgins and celibate men were allowed to pick olives? Did you know that the first uses of olive oil were not for cooking? Learn the answers to these and other sordid and divine olive oil stories. Travel the 8000 years history of the precious substance that Homer named “liquid gold”.
With the family name Firenze (capital city of Tuscany), Carol was destined to write about her favorite subject. Growing up in an Italian-American family, Carol started her early career in education as a History teacher. After receiving her Doctorate from USF, she worked for an international management consulting firm, living abroad and teaching executives and developing communication strategies for major corporations. During a sabbatical, Carol followed her interest in the history of health, religion, beauty, and culinary arts with the major connector of these subjects – olive oil.
Remember – it’s time you started questioning the virginity of your oil! And, if all you’re doing with olive oil is cooking, you’re missing out on at least 100 other uses. Use can use your EVOO around La Casa (the house) to clean, polish, and preserve; in La Cucina (the kitchen) to drizzle, marinate, sauté, and bake; in Il Bagno (the bathroom) to beautify and treat your skin, hair, and hands; and, in La Camera da Letto (the bedroom), well, use your imagination.
The Passionate Olive: 101 Things to do with Olive Oil
If all you’re doing with olive oil is cooking, you’re missing out on at least 100 other uses. Carol Firenze, author of “The Passionate Olive – 101 Things to do with Olive Oil” will present how to use your Extra Virgin Olive Oil around La Casa (the house) to clean, polish, and preserve; in La Cucina (the kitchen) to drizzle, marinate, sauté, and bake; in Il Bagno (the bathroom) to beautify and treat your skin, hair, and hands; and, in La Camera da Letto (the bedroom) as she encourages you to use your own imagination, while discussing uses as old as civilization itself.
The World of Olive Oil: Getting Passionate about its Influence and Sophistication
No plant, with the possible exception of the grapevine, has enjoyed the degree of fame, mysticism and magic as the olive tree, the olive, and olive oil. Following the same sophisticated path as wine, olive oil is now taking center stage. In fact olive oil is now perceived to be the new wine among those “in the know”.
Carol Firenze begins by taking her audience through the amazingly rich history of the olive tree and olive oil. The historical development of olive oil actually mirrors the history of Western Civilization. She will discuss its impact on the history of commerce, religion, health, beautification, and culinary practices. Carol will then highlight over 100 every day uses and will clearly explain the definitions of Extra Virgin, Virgin, and Olive Oil.
From tasting parties to bringing your own bottle with you to a restaurant, olive oil is following the same sophisticated path that wine followed decades ago. Through the sharing of her family’s recipes, formulas, and stories, Carol’s wish is that, by the end of her talk, her audience will also become passionate about olive oil.
Olive Oil: The Secrets of Beauty, Health and Longevity
A secret is something that is kept hidden from others or known only to ones self or a few. It can also be a method or a formula on which success is based. In today’s world, there are countless studies that tout ways to improve one’s health, beauty, and longevity. Interestingly, there is a common thread that connects many of these studies. The thread or “secret” …can you guess… is olive oil.
For thousands of years, olive oil has been dependably discreet, its attributes known and shared by such enlightened individuals as Hippocrates, the Father of medicine; Democritus, who developed the theory of cause and effect including the cause of longevity; Cleopatra, who concocted herbs with oil to lure her lovers; and many others, such as Sophia Loren, who drink the liquid gold as part of their daily ritual. Yet, only recently has the secret really been told. Carol Firenze will share secrets from the dawn of civilization, through the Renaissance to present day.
“Only someone who knows as much about the enormous benefits of this ancient symbol of life and longevity can appreciate the importance of giving the olive tree and all it offers tribute, as Carol Firenze does in The Passionate Olive.”
—Norma Kamali, Designer and Proprietor of Olive Oil Wellness Products
“Carol Firenze has done a fine job of gathering between two covers – folklore, history, family recipes and scholarly works dealing with olive oil. If you are an olive oil fan, this book is a handy reference.”
—Darrell Corti, President Corti Brothers and World-Renowned Olive Oil Expert
“Carol Firenze’s presentation and book signing in our Los Gatos store was the most successful event since the store opened five years ago. The local newspaper wrote a great cover story on her book and mentioned the event at Borders. She gave a terrific talk and sold more that eighty books. Everyone in attendance enjoyed Carol and her book. I recommended her for events in Hawaii which was were also huge successes.”
—Anny Cleven, PR Manager for Border’s Northern California
“Vivacious, beautiful Carol Firenze may be the best advertisement for her own charming and clearly written reference book packed with history and how-to information. Dr. Firenze recounts history as shaped by the fascinating olive rather than the other way around. It’s early uses in Mediterranean health aids and as an ingredient in food preparation are secondary to olive oil’s role in ancient religious rituals, myth and as an influence to world commerce. Her lecture was absolutely delightful.”
—Gerry Furth-Sides, American Institute of Wine and Food
“The Friends of Los Gatos (California) welcomed Carol Firenze as our featured speaker at our April 2006 Friday Forum Series with great pleasure. Her PowerPoint illustrations were well organized and informative. Carol’s presentation was enlivened by her obvious love and yes, passion, for all things related to olive oil. Her erudition was well flavored with humorous anecdotes. Her program flowed easily and the hour flew by. The audience was enthusiastic and appreciative. Also, Carol was adroit at answering questions from the audience. All and all, it was a brilliant evening!”
—Maureen O’Connell, J.D. and President of Friends of the Library