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“If you have that truffle craving and are not the recipient of a fat trust fund, you’re better off buying a truffle and cooking it yourself. . . . Patricia Wells comes to the rescue. . . . . A powerhouse cooking teacher and cookbook author.” (LATimes.com)

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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 recipes

What 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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1St Edition edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006191519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061915192
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Wells is a journalist, author, and teacher who runs a popular cooking school--At Home with Patricia Wells--in Paris and Provence. Salad As A Meal is her twelfth book. She won the James Beard Award for The Provence Cookbook, Patricia Wells at Home in Provence, and Simply French. Also nominated for Beard Awards were Vegetable Harvest and The Paris Cookbook. With her husband, Walter, she is also the author of We've Always Had Paris . . . and Provence. The French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, recognizing her contribution to French culture. A former New York Times reporter, she is the only foreigner and only woman to serve as restaurant critic for a major French publication, L'Express. For more than twenty-five years she was the global restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sweetiebeane on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up today for a friend - I HAD to buy it for her (at full price)> I flipped through it briefly - This is NOT a good book for the home cook who simply wants some newer or more interesting every day recipes. This is a good book for the foodie who enjoys reading cookbooks or who is adventurous enough and has the means to cook from the recipes. Patricia Wells succeeded in her objective: to create a book dedicated to uplifting the truffle in all its complex and nuanced glory. The recipes are all excellent - and easy to follow. Not complex in the least save for the expense of the truffle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Marie on February 10, 2015
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I like the book, but in truth the recipes are pretty much standard fare with someone dumping truffles on top. A sizeable portion of egg dishes and lots of cheese topped with truffles. I'm not impressed because the recipes are not really recipes that use truffles as much as they are recipes that are topped or finished with truffles.
While in culinary school, each group got a single can of truffle pieces. 36.00 per can. It actually goes a long way. We were able to make several different dishes with one can. I was hoping that this book had truffle dishes.
We had two tablespoons left in our can so for lunch we made tuna fish sandwiches for the restaurant (60); sold out in a blink. The flavor that the black truffle adds to any dish is really quite profound. I believe that everyone should try them at least once in their lifetime.

If you can pick up a used copy of this book for a few dollars, might prove a good buy. But in all honesty there are plenty free tried and true recipes on the internet. You might want to start there first.

This book also has interesting reads on the history of truffles. For me there are two recipes I'm going to add to my collection ad then donate the book to the local library for their book sales. Since I only paid 2.00 for the book I can say I'm happy with the purchase.
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What a beautiful book. The recipes look simple enough for me to use. But it is the story of truffles in the market place and in the lives of the people who find them and sell them that is fascinating. This is a gift book for people who love truffles.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MCC on October 25, 2014
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A small selection of utterly fabulous recipes. Makes you want to book a flight to France or Italy IMMEDIATELY ! I never used to understand what all the excitement was about with Truffles but I guess my palate has developed enough to finally GET it. Now if I live long enough to enjoy a FRESH Truffle....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Always Grateful on January 9, 2015
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Bought a copy for myself and also for my mom as a present. I also sent my mom a very small amount of minced truffle at the same time. My parents were thrilled which made me happy. We were amazed at the information in this book. A very interesting read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMarie on February 4, 2015
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I knew very little about truffles. Gave some to my husband for Christmas with this book. He says it is great info
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