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EVOO is flavoring your food. Just the ticket to add to your vinagrette or drizzle on your pizza dough. It is a poor choice for cooking. Canola is a better option. Recipe authors who recommend EVOO for cooking are simply wrong. It has a low smoke point, is expensive as you say and loses most of its flavor in the heat of cooking. You have it right.I was once a big fan of olive oil, but recently, I've been using canola oil. I''ve also used EVOO, I found that to be kind of expensive. Besides, a recipe doesn't know what oil what you're using. That is, unless the recipe has a connection to the food police!! Hah!!!!