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Taming the Truffle, The History, Lore, and Science of the Ultimate Mushroom by Ian R. Hall, et al.

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Admittedly we are not experts on truffles or truffle cultivation. This book goes a long way in explaining the history, culture, and circumstances that surround truffle harvesting and cultivation. A must read for any truffle connoisseur.

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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. 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 illusrated volume brings the latest research and decades of experience to enthusiasts and professionals alike, with coverage of the leadingtruffle areas incuding France, Italy, Spain, and Asia, and the newcomers: Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

The Authors leaven enthusiasm and expertise leavened with wry humor, exploring the newest techniques; they describe the commercial species in detail along with their host plants, natural habitats, cultivation and mintenance, pests and diseases, and harvesting with pigs, dogs, truffle flies, and even the electronic nose.

Pursuit of the fungus that costs more than gold is not for the faint of heart nor for those in a hurry, as under ideal conditions, truffle production in artificial truffieres can begin after three years but results may not be seen until a decade after planting, and maximum yields not for another decade still. So there is time to read and prepare, and no better source than this one.

 

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (January 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928600

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