• Truffle Hound

  • On the Trail of the World’s Most Seductive Scent, with Dreamers, Schemers, and Some Extraordinary Dogs
  • By: Rowan Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Sam Rushton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Truffle Hound by Rowan Jacobsen, read by Sam Rushton.

A captivating exploration into the secretive and sensuous world of truffles, the elusive food that has captured hearts, imaginations, and palates worldwide.

The scent of one freshly unearthed white truffle in Barolo was all it took to lead Rowan Jacobsen down a rabbit hole into a world of secretive hunts, misty woods, black-market deals, obsessive chefs, quixotic scientists, muddy dogs, maddening smells, and some of the most memorable meals ever created.

Truffles attract dreamers, schemers, and sensualists. People spend years training dogs to find them underground. They plant forests of oaks and wait a decade for truffles to appear. They pay 3,000 dollars a pound to possess them. They turn into quivering puddles in their presence. Why?

Truffle Hound is the fascinating account of Rowan's quest to find out, a journey that would lead him from Italy to Istria, Hungary, Spain, England, and North America. Both an entertaining odyssey and a manifesto, Truffle Hound demystifies truffles - and then re-mystifies them, freeing them from their gilded cage and returning them to their roots as a sacred offering from the forest. It helps people understand why they respond so strongly to that crazy smell, shows them there’s more to truffles than they ever imagined, and gives them all the tools they need to take their own truffle love to the next level. Deeply informed, unabashedly passionate, thoroughly enjoyable, Truffle Hound will spark America’s next great culinary passion.

©2021 Rowan Jacobsen (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Truffle Hound, like a truffle, charms by seducing us." (Mark Kurlansky)

"For centuries, the truffle has been cooking’s most mysterious ingredient, from its forest-floor secret locations to its high-luxury dishes. This enlightening book opens a whole new window onto this terrific tuber." (David McMillan, chef and co-owner, Joe Beef)

"With wit and intrigue, Rowan Jacobsen casts a spell as alluring as the truffle itself, pulling readers into a foodie fever dream that moves like an Italian trifulau through the woods: brisk, clear-eyed, and full of high spirits." (Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters)

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I came for the truffles and left loving the pups!

A deep dive into truffles that will definitely make me a better, more informed consumer. The profiles of the dogs (not pigs) used to hunt for them kept a smile on my face throughout.