Mort Rosenblum’s bestselling Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit a fascinating account of how olives have oiled the wheels of civilization, won a James Beard Award for food writing. Rosenblum, a foreign correspondent since the 1960s, restored a 400-year-old grove on a Provence hillside, a retreat in between reporting on war and peace around the world. He has written a dozen other books, from Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light to Escaping Plato’s Cave: How America’s Blindness to the Rest of the World Threatens Our Survival.
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