Taming the Truffle: The History, Lore, and Science of the Ultimate Mushroom
Provides both substantial information and evocative folklore.
Whether the world's best truffles are found in Piedmont or Périgord inspires impassioned debate, but the effects of dwindling supply and insatiable demand for the elusive, ultimate mushroom are unquestionable: prices through the roof, intrigue and deception, and ever more intensive efforts to cultivate. Here in the most comprehensive practical treatment of the gastronomic treasure to date, the art and science of the high-stakes pursuit come together. The authors describe the commercial species in detail along with their host plants, natural habitats, cultivation, and maintenance, pests and diseases, and harvesting with pigs, dogs, truffle flies, and even the electronic nose.
- Format: Hardcover
- Pages: 304 pp.
- Book dimensions: 6 x 9 in. (150 x 230 mm.)
- Images: 158 color photos, 11 drawings, 5 maps
- ISBN-10: 0881928607
- ISBN-13: 9780881928600
- Product code: 682860
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"The pleasure of truffles can be both gustatory and emotional; likewise, this book provides both substantial information and evocative folklore."
—Owen Dugan, Wine Spectator
"This fascinating, lavishly illustrated volume ... will keep the reader engrossed through site preparations, irrigation methods — and, yes, the actual tasting of the truffle."
"Filled with high-quality color photographs. The prose matches the elegant pictures nicely, even humorously at times, and takes the reader through the history of truffle hunting and cultivation. ... [It] would certainly attract all levels of mycologists from beginner through advanced, but it has the allure and witty prose to inveigle those who never imagined they could share our love and interest in fungi."
—Britt A. Bunyard, Fungi
"You should buy this book. ... It is pretty amazingly thoughtful and comprehensive and will surely become dirt-stained and probably also soiled by your truffle pig as you develop your empire. Really."
—Kathie Hodge, Cornell Mushroom Blog
"Aficionados, chefs, and cooking students can learn a lot here about these lords of the fungi realm."
—Mark Knoblauch, Booklist
"Even if you don't crave growing truffles, this informative and highly readable book reveals the fascinating mysteries, lore, and biology of this ultimate food better than any other book in English. It is a paragon of science written for the interested layperson."
—Jim Trappe, Gastronomica
"[The authors] reveal the state of the art and science of producing the 'ultimate mushroom' in a splendidly interesting and informative way. ... This book is outstanding."
—Jim Trappe, Inoculum
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a lovely, luxurious book with many pictures and drawings. That the authors have a wonderful sense of humor is evident in the writing."
—Kay Yount, Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
"A fascinating new book."
—Cindy McNatt, Orange County Register