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Taming the Truffle



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Author: Ian R. HallGordon T. BrownAlessandra Zambonelli

Publisher: Timber Press

Publish Date: 15 Jan 2008

ISBN-13: 9780881928600

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Preface

Whether the world’s best truffles are found in Piedmont or Perigord 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.
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Aficionados, chefs, and cooking students can learn a lot here about these lords of the fungi realm. — Mark Knoblauch Booklist 20080101 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 20080220 A fascinating new book. — Cindy McNatt Orange County Register 20080206 The pleasure of truffles can be both gustatory and emotional; likewise, this book provides both substantial information and evocative folklore. — Owen Dugan Wine Spectator 20081101 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 20080701 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 20081001 This fascinating, lavishly illustrated volume … will keep the reader engrossed through site preparations, irrigation methods – and, yes, the actual tasting of the truffle. Lavender 20081121 [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 20080701 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 20090101
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Table of Contents

Whether the world’s best truffles come from Piedmont or P (c)rigord inspires impassioned debate, but the effects of dwindling supply and insatiable demand for the elusive mushroom are unquestionable: prices through the roof, intrigue and deception, and ever more intensive efforts to cultivate. As international mycologist Ian Hall and his colleagues have written, “Attempts at taming the truffle, of ordering its growth and harvest, now span the globe, and there has been some success in unlocking the secrets of what French researchers have aptly referred to as “la grande mystique.””
The secrets of when, how, and where to collect truffles have been passed from generation to generation since ancient times, but artificial cultivation remains the holy grail. Here, in the most comprehensive practical treatment of the gastronomic treasure to date, the art and science of the high-stakes pursuit come together. This extensively illustrated volume brings the latest research and decades of experience to enthusiasts and professionals alike, with coverage of the leading trufle areas including France, Italy, Spain, and Asia, and the newcomers: Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
The authors leaven their enthusiasm and expertise with wry humor, exploring the history and newest techniques. They describe in detail the commercial species and their host plants, natural habitats, cultivation and maintenance, pests and diseases, and harvesting with pigs, dogs, truffle flies, and even the electronic nose.
Production in truffle plantations can begin after only three years, but often the rewards may take more than a decade. So there is plenty of time to read and prepare, and no better resource than this one.”
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