Truffles attract dreamers, schemers, and sensualists. People spend years training dogs to find them underground. They plant forests of oaks and wait a decade for truffles to appear. They pay $3,000 a pound to possess them. They turn into quivering puddles in their presence. Why? An exploration into the world of truffles, the food that has captured hearts, imaginations, and palates worldwide.
Personally overwhelmed by the all-encompassing scent of a freshly dug truffle, Jacobsen...determines to find the secrets behind the subterranean fungus ... A worldwide catalog of truffle resources invites exploration, and some recipes give ideas for using the bounty.
Jacobsen captivates with this dual narrative, both an eloquent and sensuous treatise on truffles and the enthralling story of his obsessive quest to learn everything there is to know about them ... The real delicacy here, though, is the arresting prose used to convey his reverence and awe ... 'No words can do justice to the scent of a white truffle.' While that may be true, Jacobsen definitely comes close.
A Mark Kurlansky–esque romp through the science, history, and culture surrounding that most elusive of foodstuffs, the truffle ... The author depicts a culture of truffle finding, trading, and eating that is as complex as the aromatic stew of ingredients that goes into one, and he commits to paper lovely images that combine both intrigue and a certain level of surrealism ... It’s an altogether delightful narrative ... Fans of pungent flavors—and pungent prose—will enjoy this mouthwatering grand tour of a culinary treasure.