Chapter 7. The History of Oil

  1. Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Published Online: 6 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305135.ch7

A History of Food

A History of Food

How to Cite

Toussaint-Samat, M. (2008) The History of Oil, in A History of Food, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305135.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181198

Online ISBN: 9781444305135



  • oil or chrism, anointing priest-kings of Israel;
  • Christianity, practising baptism by anointing with oil;
  • St Andrew's Day, occasion for great merrymaking in Provence;
  • oil from the first pressing - Virgin olive oil;
  • groundnut oil, from Arachis hypogaea;
  • sunflower, big brother of Jerusalem artichoke


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Olive Oil

  • The Dietary History of Olive Oil

  • Making Olive Oil

  • Other Oils