Flu season and extra “virginity”

I returned from Greece last week to a household through which a virulent flu had just swept. (My son is still down with it.) Thus, despite having a head full of thoughts on Peloponnesian food and foodways thanks to my time on the peninsula, I’ve not posted for awhile.

Rather than let my blog lay fallow as I dispense medication, make trips to the pharmacy and the clinic, and stoke the fire in the woodstove to keep us extra cozy, I’ll use these days as an opportunity to keep you all posted on what I’m finding interesting these days (related to, of course, Mediterranean food!).

The first is this interview by the inimitable Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air. It’s of Tom Mueller, a writer for the New Yorker and the author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, and (especially for food geeks like me) it is quite fascinating. So much so that Tom’s book is on my Christmas wish list. (Hint, hint, Mom or Dad.)

More to come very soon. Hoping this finds you all well…and successfully avoiding the flu!


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