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 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.

Title:The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World's Most Expensive Fungus
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780451495693
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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 Reviews

  • Randal White

    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 ...

  • Janet

    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 the...

  • Idarah

    Review can be found here: https://ginghampanda.blogspot.com/201......

  • Megon

    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 educatio...

  • Onceinabluemoon

    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 t...

  • Sandra Fallico

    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...

  • Sloane Mcnulty

    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 o...

  • Stephanie

    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...

  • Koen

    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, Mayhe...

  • Kelly

    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 tot...