Discovering the Great British Truffle: Book launch celebrates 'nature's secret'

By Peter Ruddick

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The authors of a new book on British truffles believe many chefs are unaware of 'nature's best kept secret'
The authors of a new book on British truffles believe many chefs are unaware of 'nature's best kept secret'
A new book has been launched by two truffle enthusiasts highlighting the culinary benefits of nature's best kept secret' - the British truffle.

Product details:

The book has been co-authored by Marion Dean and Marion Pennington and is designed to dispel myths about the British truffle.

Dean, who trained her dog to hunt for truffles, tells her personal story as well as providing basic information and explaining the best time of year to find the British truffle and what to look for when foraging for them.

Fellow enthusiast Pennington has authored the truffle cuisine part of the book which features basic recipes and advanced cuisine - all the recipes are explained in detail with high-definition photography. Pennington's guide also covers care and preparation of truffles.

USP:

Speaking to BigHospitality, Dean said: "​I think the main USP of the book is that it is factual and accurate - those words are both unusual in the world of truffles.

"The summer truffle should be brought to the forefront of British cookery as it is our most abundant indigenous truffle.

"Many chefs have never experienced real truffles, never having come closer than a bottle of the dreaded artificial truffle oil, no more ‘truffly’ than the chemist shop it came from."

Availability:

The book is available from a number of booksellers including direct from the authors and from Amazon.

Cost:

£23.74 from Amazon.

Why should you buy it?

Marion Dean, co-author and publisher of Discovering the Great British Truffle, said: "Lots of people don't know that Britain is home to the black summer truffle, a much sought after delicacy surrounded in mystery. Years ago, the art of truffle hunting had its place in Olde English Folklore, but like many other country pastimes, the art has become lost over the years.

"In my book, I re-discover this art and share my personal journey along the way, foraging around the British countryside with my Italian truffle hound.

"Unlike its French or Italian counterparts, the British summer truffle has a more subtle flavour and can be used in a myriad of ways. As well as the starters and mains you'd expect to find, the book delivers spectacular desserts and a host of other ‘truffly’ delights.

"Together, we wanted to create some clarity around the subject of truffles. The book is so much more than recipes; it's everything you need to know about these hidden treasures. It creates an experience that is whole-heartedly British with a contemporary twist, brought to life with personal stories, crafted design, beautiful photography and warm illustrations."

More information:

www.trufflehuntersdogschool.com

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