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The Truffle Underground

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The Truffle Underground by Ryan Jacobs
Jun 04, 2019 | 288 Pages
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“Jacobs is an unstoppable and captivating guide through the dark underbelly of the world’s most glamorous fungus. This is the ultimate truffle true crime tale.”—Bianca Bosker, New York Times bestselling author of Cork Dork

“[A] riveting debut . . . Ryan Jacobs weaves the fascinating scientific and historical backstory of the elusive culinary delicacy known as truffles with the stealthy feel of a diamond heist or spy operation. . . . The Truffle Underground is an eye-opening tale.”Bookpage
“A full-fledged mystery and exposé about a luxurious delicacy that comes at a far higher price than you ever imagined.”Forbes

The Truffle Underground is a smart, revealing exposé into how that expensive piece of fungus made it to your plate, and the extreme lengths scammers go to farm and steal them. True-crime nerds, this is the unsuspecting story you’ve been waiting for.”Thrillist

“In an entertaining, revealing book debut, Pacific Standard deputy editor Jacobs brings his considerable skills as an investigative reporter to the fiercely competitive business of marketing truffles.”Kirkus Reviews
“It is totally unlikely that I will ever be a truffle hunter, but thanks to Ryan Jacobs’ thrilling book, I have experienced truffle sales no less shady than a parking lot drug deal, escaped bandits with my haul intact, witnessed truffle heists, and mastered the scientific mysteries of their growth. And best of all, as a reward for having (not at all) lived through such mayhem, I feel entitled to say to the waiter, why yes, I will add truffles to my pasta for [exorbitant amount of money].” —Alexis Coe, author of Alice+Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis and You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

“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 prestige drama. This impressively researched and beautifully written debut is a must-read for anyone interested in how our food makes its way to our plate from its origin in the wild world. I found myself reading it far into the night, thinking again and again, just a few pages more…”Summer Brennan, author of The Oyster War
“Fans of weird true crime will eat it up.”—BuzzFeed, 1 of 66 Books Coming in 2019 That You’ll Want to Keep on Your Radar

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