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

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. This e Beneath the gloss of star chefs and crystal-laden tables, the truffle supply chain is touched by theft, secrecy, sabo...

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Title:The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus
Author:Ryan Jacobs
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN: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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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus Reviews

  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    Oct 01, 2019
    3.5 stars ...
  • Kelly
    Jun 17, 2019
    Not as compelling or narratively driven as, say, The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, but a totally fascinating look at how the truffle industry is a total mess from top to bottom. Who knew? ...
  • Carol
    Jul 31, 2019
    Give me a well written True Crime book any day. It doesn't have to be about a serial killer but don't let an innocuous sounding subject fool you that no harm to life or limb has occurred. The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the ...
  • Idarah
    Jun 17, 2019
    Review can be found here: https://ginghampanda.blogspot.com/201... ...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Jun 21, 2019
    4.5. I know nothing off truffles, never even tasted one, but after this book it's time I remedy the situation! Learned loads, like best avoid the oils as they are just faux chemicals and even if you think you are trying an authentic Italian truffle, imposters abound. It's an entire cul...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Aug 30, 2019
    Those who know me will agree that every once in a while I like to read about obscure topics/events; in other words a niche book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in this exposÚ of the truffle industry and the hidden dangers associated with it. I have never eaten a truffle............
  • Patricia
    Jul 17, 2019
    I wonder how many people have never tasted a true truffle after reading this book. First of all, much to my chagrin I have never tasted a truffle which makes it very hard to understand their appeal. The truffle industry is filled with crime and people who do not speak the truth. This i...
  • Evy
    Jun 17, 2019
    3.5 stars, Content warning for cruelty to (and death of) dogs in this book. It's discussed in a very clinical, detached sort of way, but yeah the truffle business includes people sabotaging other people's truffle-hunting dogs in awful ways :( not discussed in my review, but occurs i...
  • Mike
    Jun 04, 2019
    Holy shit this book blew me away. And it cured my eczema. Move over 3 wolf-moon t-shirt, Jacobs' prose is all I need. READ IT! ...
  • Randal White
    Apr 16, 2019
    Who knew???? Who knew that a simple fungus could lead to assaults, the murder of dogs, robberies, fraud, and more! A mushroom, highly sought after by chefs all over the world, causes untold damages to people all over Italy and France. In fairness, growing up in Wisconsin, morel mush...
  • Susan Johnson
    Sep 17, 2019
    I have a secret. I have been known to travel without truffle salt unlike Oprah. This is one of the facts I learned in this book. Oprah loves her truffles especially truffle salt and truffle zest and never leaves home without them. I will confess that I have never knowingly eaten truff...
  • Reading Fool
    Jun 22, 2019
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This was a fascinating expose about the truffle industry, a book that foodies will especially appreciate. I learned so much about the truffle supply chain, its scarcity and the consequent crime associated with it. Ryan Jacobs t...
  • Collin Huber
    Jun 17, 2019
    I love books that tackle a niche topic. I've read works devoted entirely to subjects like salt, tie fishing, and now truffles. Ryan Jacobs invites readers into a fascinating journey through the shadow world of the truffle enterprise. As a trained journalist, he chases his leads with di...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Jul 31, 2019
    Summary:áThe first half of this was a lot of fun, but the second half was darker and less entertaining. I always feel a little bad when I have a series of less than enthusiastic reviews, but I have to admit, this was another book that didn't quite live up to my expectations. The fi...
  • Janet
    Feb 21, 2019
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it. A thrilling journey through the hidden underworld of the world's m...
  • Koen
    Jun 19, 2019
    Absolutely fascinating! I must admit, going in to this book, I knew jack about truffles. I've never even tasted them and i wasn't particularly interested in them. Still, that; 'A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus' sp...
  • Jeanette
    Jul 30, 2019
    This is something that I thought I would enjoy much more than I did. After the 1/2 way point I speed read and skimmed portions. But some of the last parts I read slowly. Others have said it better. But honestly as much as all this information filled in gaps for my knowledge of tr...
  • Alysa H.
    Mar 06, 2019
    A fascinating and sometime shocking exposÚ of the truffle industry, from the hunt to the plate. Necessary reading for all gourmands both true and wannabe. Taking a closer look at the history, trajectory, and current global state of truffle consumption is something that most people wou...
  • Laurie Shapiro
    Jul 12, 2019
    excellent ...
  • Jeannie
    Jun 22, 2019
    A fascinating book for those of us who love truffles ...
  • Megon
    May 23, 2019
    This book was great, and it may have ruined me. It was very well written and gave plenty of juicy tidbits and insight into an industry that I never thought much about. It was entertaining and educational at the same time. I loved the history as well as the crime. If I could have wished...
  • Mac
    Jun 24, 2019
    A medieval undertaking in a smartphone world. Oprah travels with truffle salt. Season is mid-Nov until March. French laws that before said that, like mushrooms, at least 10 kilos had to be stolen to be actionable, we?re changed to a single truffle. French truffle farmer Ramba...
  • Leith Devine
    May 25, 2019
    I love truffles, and never realized the journey the truffle took to get on my plate! Assault, robbery and even murder (of dogs). What a fascinating story this is. I had read that many of the flavorings we think are real truffles are actually chemically-enhanced, like fake truffle oil, ...
  • Summer Brennan
    May 30, 2019
    Holy hell, this is a good book. With prose that is often as seductive as the elusive fungus itself, The Truffle Underground transports the reader to an intoxicating world of aromatic forests and international intrigue, full of passion, promise and danger, as gripping as any HBO prestig...
  • Sloane Mcnulty
    Jun 04, 2019
    So far finding that you don?t need to love truffles OR true crime to enjoy this book. Ryan Jacobs hits the perfect balance between giving you context to get where he?s taking you and keeping you on the edge of your seat. Can?t wait to continue reading! ...
  • Stephanie
    Jun 20, 2019
    The book?s subtitle ? A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World?s Most Expensive Fungus ? gives you a pretty good idea of what?s to come. It really isn?t an exaggeration ? I always knew that truffles were an expensive luxury and that t...
  • Katherine
    May 13, 2019
    In this book, Ryan Jacobs does a deep dive into the secrets of the Truffle Trade. One of the most expensive delicacies in the world, the trade is surprisingly old fashioned for our modern world. Jacobs takes us from the cultivation and hunting of the truffle, through the middlemen, and...
  • Kate
    Jun 25, 2019
    Fascinating! Great audiobook. ...
  • Aaron Shulman
    Mar 19, 2019
    An excellent, deeply reported expose of an industry I knew nothing about. Masquerading as a deep-dive into a culinary delicacy, it is really a non-fiction morality tale about capitalism and consumerism. ...
  • Sandra Fallico
    Jun 03, 2019
    Awesome book.....well organized, well written, loved the science, the mystery , the characters.....appreciated the education and the flow from start to finish. I was initially dubious as to what there could possibly be to write about truffles but ultimately found it fascinating and cou...