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The truffle underground : a tale of mystery, mayhem, and manipulation in the shadowy market of the world's most expensive fungus / Ryan Jacobs.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-279).
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Part I: The field/theft -- Black diamond bandits -- Death in the grove -- Part II: The laboratory/secrecy -- The peasant's golden secret -- A scientific mystery -- Part III: The forest/sabotage -- Disappearance of the dogs -- Poison -- Part IV: The market/deceit -- Middlemen -- Detectives and fraudsters -- The king's ascent -- The king's betrayal -- Part V: The plate/seduction -- Demanded, delivered, prepared -- Shaved.
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Beneath the gloss of star chefs and crystal-laden tables, the truffle supply chain is touched by theft, secrecy, sabotage, and fraud. Farmers patrol their fields with rifles and fear losing trade secrets to spies. Hunters plant poisoned meatballs to eliminate rival truffle-hunting dogs. Naive buyers and even knowledgeable experts are duped by liars and counterfeits. Deeply reported and elegantly written, this page-turning exposé documents the dark, sometimes deadly crimes at each level of the truffle's path from ground to plate, making sense of an industry that traffics in scarcity, seduction, and cash. Through it all, a question lingers: What, other than money, draws people to these dirt-covered knobs?
Subject: Truffle industry > France > History > 19th century.
Truffle industry > Italy > History > 19th century.
Truffle culture.
Smuggling.
Black market.
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The Truffle Underground : A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus
The Truffle Underground : A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus
by Jacobs, Ryan
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The Truffle Underground : A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus

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Investigative reporter Jacobs, who writes for the Atlantic, digs deeply into the international truffle business in this fascinating work. Truffles are "revered as one of the finest, scarcest, and most valuable ingredients in fine dining," Jacobs writes. Traveling to France and Italy, where the most sought-after varieties grow, he found an under-regulated business of foragers and shady middlemen who sold the prized fungi to restaurants and distributors. Jacobs also uncovered a dangerous world of criminals who poison or steal other hunters' prized truffle sniffing dogs, and a French farmer willing to shoot and kill to protect the truffles that grow on his property. Jacobs interviews truffle experts such as American octogenarian Jim Trappe, a scientist who spent his life studying "mycorrhizae, the types of fungus that form in symbiosis with the roots of trees." The book culminates a case of corporate fraud in 2003 in a California court, against the world's biggest truffle company, Urbani U.S.A., which sold cans of Chinese truffles intentionally mislabeled as black truffles. This deeply researched and eye-opening account of the lengths people will go for wealth, gratification, and a taste of the prized fungus will captivate readers. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 0451495691
The Truffle Underground : A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus
The Truffle Underground : A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus
by Jacobs, Ryan
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The Truffle Underground : A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus

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Anyone who's savored the unrivaled sensual pleasure of a fresh truffle can appreciate why this subterranean fungus awakens an irresistible lust for more and more. Worldwide demand for these elusive mushrooms has pushed prices to stratospheric levels, and where such sums are involved, criminal markets follow. Investigative journalist and first-time author Jacobs does a remarkable job reporting from the front lines of the truffle industry, bringing to vivid life French black-truffle farmers, Italian white-truffle foragers, and their marvelously well-trained dogs. Both humans and canines suffer from thieves who sneak into oak groves and mountain lairs not only to pilfer their truffle crops, but also stooping to poison or steal their beloved dogs as well. Although black-truffle cultivation began in the nineteenth century, worldwide demand still far outstrips supply. And then there are the truffle merchants, some dealing in counterfeit or adulterated fungi. Foodies will learn perhaps too much here they might never again be able to simply relish a truffle, naive of its power to unleash mayhem and murder but they'll certainly enjoy doing so.--Mark Knoblauch Copyright 2019 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 0451495691
The Truffle Underground : A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus
The Truffle Underground : A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus
by Jacobs, Ryan
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In this new book, Jacobs, a reporter with The Atlantic and Mother Jones, starts with a tip from a mushroom forager that leads him around the world in search of truffles and their purveyors. He follows truffles from field to forest to market to plate and even stops in a laboratory to understand the unusual characteristics of this fungus. Along the way he meets a variety of interesting characters and experiences the unique culture that surrounds this fungus. Jacobs, in his travels, even encounters the criminality and deception that comes with a rare commodity that is highly sought after. His prose starts carefree, but becomes more sober as he learns how secretive, as well as lucrative, the truffle market has become. In the end, he finds himself coming to terms with the current market, seeing both good and ill continuing to shape the business. VERDICT Jacobs brings the reader on a fascinating journey that will be enjoyed both by foodies and by travel lovers.--Ginny Wolter, Toledo Lucas Cty. P.L.


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