Larry Olmsted, author of Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating & What You Can Do About It, is a fascinating look into food fakery in the United States, from Michelin star-winning restaurants to farms and producers to your local supermarket. Did you know Truffle oil is a fake product? Truffles do not infuse oil with flavor when steeped, and almost no oil sold in the world contains any truffles. What consumers think of as truffle oil is actually 2,4-dithiapentane, manufactured in labs.
Larry’s book also tells us how to find the real stuff, like true Italian olive oil, and authentic port from Portugal. He gives us suggestions on where to shop, what to avoid on restaurant menus, and which third-party certifications to look for to be sure you’re buying the real thing.