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The Daily Mail Modern British Cookbook

By Alastair Little and Richard Whittington

Published 1998

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In Italy, olive oil is so much a part of culinary life its absence from the daily diet would be unthinkable. Today, with the large-scale importation of olive oil to this country, we too are able to buy a selection of good olive oils in any supermarket and it is odd to think that not so many years ago olive oil was something you only bought in Boots the Chemist to treat earache or to rub into sore muscles.

Indeed, 20 years ago the majority of Britons had never tasted olive oil and fo