Posts Tagged "truffles"

Truffles: diamonds in the dirt

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Truffles: diamonds in the dirt

“Truffles are a luxury,” said James de Coquet, “and the first requirement of a luxury is that you should not have to economize.” As I must with anyone who stresses the importance of good food, I agree. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to put that philosophy into practice; good truffles are expensive. In fact, the most I’ve found on my plate at any time has been a layer of raw white truffle shavings topping a simple risotto. Th dish was divine, but just once I’d like to have the experience of sinking my teeth into a whole fresh truffle. Louis XIV knew the experience;...

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The elusive truffle

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 | 0 comments

The elusive truffle

With a pungent earthy and garlicky flavor and aroma, the white truffle, also known as the alba madonna, is so celebrated in haute cuisine kitchens worldwide that chefs are willing to shell out as much as $10,000 dollars per pound–making it the second most expensive food in the world, only surpassed by edible gold leaf. While attempts to cultivate French black truffles have been successful (although difficult), efforts to cultivate Italian white truffles–which are found primarily in the Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy–have failed, making them truly unique to the soil of this...

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