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Author Jacobs, Ryan McMahon, 1989- author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2019]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    381.4158 JAC    Available
Edition First edition.
Description vi, 279 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-279).
Contents 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.
Summary 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 expos©♭ 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.
Black market.
ISBN 9780451495693 (paperback) $16.00
0451495691 (paperback) $16.00

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