Truffle Books

A wide selection of truffle books, some general with a wide range of truffle information and recipes, some dedicated truffle cookbooks, a few on growing truffles, and for lighter reading, a true story of owning a truffle orchard and a work of fiction telling of murder in the world of truffle growing!

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The Truffle Book - Gareth Renowden

The Truffle Book - Gareth Renowden

The Truffle Book is the perfect introduction to the pleasurable and mysterious world of truffles. Gareth Renowden explores the truffle forests of France and the truffle markets of Italy, discovers the new truffles of the American Northwest and the new plantations of Australia and New Zealand, and dispels a few myths along the way. There’s advice on setting up a truffière, training a dog to find truffles, how to buy truffles and avoid expensive mistakes, and how to cook the defining truffle dishes. If you’ve ever tasted truffle and wanted to know more, or want to know what all the fuss is about, The Truffle Book has the answers.

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General (information and recipes)

Simply Truffles : Recipes and Stories That Capture the Essence of the Black Diamond - Patricia Wells

Simply Truffles : Recipes and Stories That Capture the Essence of the Black Diamond - Patricia Wells

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Celebrated journalist, author, and teacher Patricia Wells reveals the secrets behind the legendary truffle in this charming cookbook--featuring lush color photographs and sixty delectable recipesWhat delicacy is more revered or less understood than the black truffle? Its scent is heady, its flavor sublime, and lovers of truffles are just as fascinated by the history, lore, and mystique of truffle-hunting as they are eager to eat the truffles themselves. Patricia Wells explores the subject in depth, explaining how to capture the true flavors of this rarity, examining what to do with a single truffle, expanding and embellishing its extraordinary aroma, texture, flavor, and pure gastronomic pleasure. Drawing upon twenty-five years of hands-on research in Provence, the modern world's capital of the black truffle, she offers sixty tried-and-true, well-tested recipes that capture the truffle's exceptional and complex flavor. Enjoy Creamy Polenta with Truffles and Poached Eggs for a weekend brunch. Dine on Seared Duck Breast with Truffled Sauce Poulette or Truffle Risotto with Parmesan Broth. For casual entertaining, try Pecorino-Romano and Truffle Pizza. And for a wonderful cold winter evening, whip up a batch of Pumpkin Soup with Truffle Cream, Curry, Pumpkin Seed Oil, and Truffles. In addition to her recipes, Wells provides a range of menu suggestions and wine pairings, perfect for serving food with just a hint of truffle flavor or preparing a holiday feast for friends and family. The story and folklore behind the pursuit of truffles round out this extensive cookbook--perfect for connoisseurs and novices alike.

 

 

Discovering the Great British Truffle: Nature's Best Kept Secret Brought to Life for the Contemporary Kitchen - Marion Dean and Marion Pennington

Discovering the Great British Truffle: Nature's Best Kept Secret Brought to Life for the Contemporary Kitchen - Marion Dean and Marion Pennington

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Unbeknown to many, Britain is home to one of nature's most sought after culinary delicacies - The Black Summer Truffle. Years ago the art of truffle hunting had its place in Olde English Folklore, but like many other country pastimes, the art became lost over the years. That is, until recently. About five years ago, Marion Dean bought an Italian Truffle hound and began diligently foraging in search of these hidden treasures. And riches she found - truffles galore, diligent doggies, acres of beautiful countryside, and a fellow enthusiast, Marion Pennington. Marion Pennington, or Maz, is in charge of bringing the truffle to life for the British palette. Unlike its French or Italian counterparts, the British Summer Truffle has a more subtle favour and can be used in a myriad of ways. Maz helps the reader get started in the kitchen and progresses onto more adventurous dishes. As well as the starters and mains that you'd expect to find, the book also delivers adventurous desserts and a host of other truffly delights. This book delivers an experience that is whole-heartedly British with a contemporary twist, brought to life with personal stories, crafted design and beautiful photography. Put the ultimate signature on your dish this season with a hand picked British Summer Truffle.

 

 

Recipes

Truffles: Elizabeth Luard

Truffles - Elizabeth Luard

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Here Elisabeth Luard captures the essence of the truffle's almost magical power. On a more practical level, she also shows the reader how to get the very best from truffles, whether this means slivering a truffle over a tangle of home-made pasta, inserting delicate slices beneath the skin of a poulet de Bresse or even simply baking a truffle in a jacket of leftover bread-dough. The book not only provides a mouthwatering collection of authentic regional and classic recipes and a fascinating and occasionally eccentric account of truffle-hunting, it also includes a gazetteer of the places where truffles are to be found, recommends the key markets where they are to be bought and gives details of growers engaging in modern trufficulture - making it essential reading for sophisticated gourmet travellers and for all those who are, quite simply, prepared to be seduced by what is surely the ultimate gastronomic experience.

Truffles - Ken Hom

Truffles - Ken Hom

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Drawing on a genuine lasting friendship between Ken Hom and Pierre-Jean Pebeyre, a meeting of East and West, this essential modern kitchen book unveils and revels in the mystery of the world's most sought-after scented ingredient: the black truffle of France. Recipes within range from the simple to the elaborate, although nothing complicated, with all featuring truffles as the star.

 

 

The Truffle Cookbook - Rodney Dunn

The Truffle Cookbook - Rodney Dunn

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In his second cookbook, Rodney Dunn, founder of The Agrarian Kitchen in Tasmania, celebrates the natural wonder that is the truffle. In addition to more than 60 recipes, Rodney gives a fascinating insight into the Australian truffle industry and practical advice on buying, storing and (most importantly) cooking with truffles. Harvested in winter, truffles have an intense earthy flavour that works particularly well with indulgent ingredients such as cream, butter and cheese. Rodney's recipes are lush and comforting - just the thing for cosy meals at home - and once you start experimenting, you'll be surprised at how many dishes can be enhanced by this inimitable fungus. As Rodney firmly believes, there is no such thing as too much truffle.

 

 

Science / Growing Truffles

Taming the Truffle: The History, Lore, and Science of the Ultimate Mushroom - Ian R. Hall, Gordon T. Brown and Alessandra Zambonelli

Taming the Truffle: The History, Lore, and Science of the Ultimate Mushroom - Ian R. Hall, Gordon T. Brown and Alessandra Zambonelli

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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. Here in the most comprehensive practical treatment of the gastronomic treasure to date, the art and science of the high-stakes pursuit come together. The authors describe the commercial species in detail along with their host plants, natural habitats, cultivation, and maintenance, pests and diseases, and harvesting with pigs, dogs, truffle flies, and even the electronic nose.

 

 

True Truffle (Tuber Spp.) in the World 2016 : Soil Ecology, Systematics and Biochemistry - Edited by Alessandra Zambonelli, Mirco Iotti and Claude Murat.

True Truffle (Tuber Spp.) in the World 2016 : Soil Ecology, Systematics and Biochemistry - Edited by Alessandra Zambonelli, Mirco Iotti and Claude Murat.

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This book focuses on the taxonomic diversity of the genus Tuber as economically important truffles. In contributions by internationally respected scientists, it examines truffle systematics, interactions with abiotic and biotic environments, strategies for spore dispersal, and molecular processes in truffles. Topics discussed include: evolutionary theories and phylogeny of Tuber species from Asia, Europe and North-America; the influence of climate on the natural distribution of Tuber species and fruiting body production, soil characteristics and vegetation in natural habitats; tools for tracing truffles in soil, host diversity, truffle inhabiting fungi and truffle-associated bacteria; and the relationships of small mammals and wild boars with truffles, as well as the smell of truffles.This book offers a valuable reference guide for all researchers working in the fields of mycology, ecology and the soil sciences, and will also be useful for farmers and foresters interested in truffle cultivation worldwide.

 

 

British Truffles : A Revision of British Hypogeous Fungi - D. N. Pegler and B. M. Spooner

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The revival in the 'great British truffle hunt' provided the stimulus for this book, which meticulously describes all the species found in Britain and illustrates them in colour.

 

 

Lifestyle

Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence - Jamie Ivey

Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence - Jamie Ivey

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There is a moment every morning when the countryside takes a pause. The birds stop singing, the dogs choke back their barks, and cats pause mid-stride. Everything waits. It's in this vacuum that a man working alone has the best chance of finding truffles. The plot of land was perfect, just what they'd been looking for, offering expansive views across the valley and within walking distance of the local village. There was only one small problem, there was no house. And yet the land was affordable and came, the agent promised, with a possible income from a copse of truffle oaks. Just after the birth of their first daughter, after leaving the London rat race behind, here was a chance for Jamie and his wife to finally realise their dream of owning a property. With one final salivating glance at the oak trees the decision was made. All they needed now was a dog. And their quest to find and train a truffle dog turns out to be as full of hidden discoveries as a truffle hunt itself. With delicious humour and superb storytelling, Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog is sure to delight anyone who loves dogs, food and rural France.

Fiction

Death in the Truffle Wood - Pierre Magnan

Death in the Truffle Wood - Pierre Magnan

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Long a renowned crime writer in France, Pierre Magnan has won numerous prizes and has a huge popular following in his native country. In a small, peaceful village in Provence, the principal source of income is the cultivation and sale of truffles. When Commissaire Laviolette arrives to investigate why several of the town's citizens are missing, it isn't long before their bodies turn up. It takes all of the detective's ingenuity to unravel crimes whose origins are as old as the truffle woods.