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Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground
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Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground Ian Purkayastha KevinWest Ian Purkayastha has a true, deep expertise in everything he sells caviar, truffles, fish He knows the stories that we need to sell the stuff tableside he can disrupt the entire luxury foods market From the Foreword by David Chang Ian Purkayastha is New York City s leading truffle importer and boasts a devoted clientele of top chefs nationwide, including Jea Ian Purkayastha has a true, deep expertise in everything he sells caviar, truffles, fish He knows the stories that we need to sell the stuff tableside he can disrupt the entire luxury foods market From the Foreword by David Chang Ian Purkayastha is New York City s leading truffle importer and boasts a devoted clientele of top chefs nationwide, including Jean Georges Vongerichten, David Chang, Sean Brock, and David Bouley But before he was purveying the world s most expensive fungus to the country s most esteemed chefs, Ian was just a food obsessed teenager in rural Arkansas a misfit with a peculiar fascination for rare and exotic ingredients The son of an Indian immigrant father and a Texan mother, Ian learned to forage for wild mushrooms from an uncle in the Ozark hills Thus began a single track fixation that led him to learn about the prized but elusive truffle, the king of all fungi His first taste of truffle at age 15 sparked his improbable yet remarkable adventure through the strange and often corrupt business of the exotic food trade Rife with tales from the hidden underbelly of the elite restaurant scene, Truffle Boy chronicles Ian s high stakes dealings with a truffle kingpin in Serbia, meth head foragers in Oregon, crooked businessmen and maniacal chefs in Manhattan, gypsy truffle hunters in the forests of Hungary, and a supreme adventure to find Gucci mushrooms in the Himalayan foothills the land of the gods He endures harsh failures along the way but rebuilds with tremendous success by selling not just truffles but also caviar, wild mushrooms, rare foraged edibles, Wagyu beef, and other nearly unobtainable ingredients demanded by his Michelin starred clients if gte mso 9 xml o OfficeDocumentSettings o AllowPNG o OfficeDocumentSettings xml endif Truffle Boy is a thrilling coming of age story and the incredible but true tale of a country kid who grows up to become a force in the world of fine dining.. Truffle Boy My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground Ian Purkayastha has a true deep expertise in everything he sells caviar truffles fish He knows the stories that we need to sell the stuff tableside he can disrupt the entire luxury foods market Fro
  • Title: Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground
  • Author: Ian Purkayastha KevinWest
  • ISBN: 9780316383950
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Holly says:

      Fascinating book about foraging for truffles and mushrooms and exploring all sorts of other edibles from all over the world This reads like part memoir, part research project and part travelogue Interesting business he has built and the challenges along the way Hard to believe this man has fit so much into his life at this young age Fun to read and quite a story

    2. Colin says:

      Interesting read, I learned A LOT about truffles Dragged a bit towards the end It s basically a Foodie Adventure travel book.

    3. Joshua Rowe says:

      This was a highly engaging book, grips you from the get go The tone is tongue in cheek and witty with a healthy dose of self promotion Some of the examples metaphors used are awesome They are vivid you can really feel the descriptions of Ian s food adventures and places he visits.My biggest criticism is that I was left wondering how much of the writing actually belonged to Ian versus the second author listed, Kevin West The writing was so sharp, so on point with its depth of description, that it [...]

    4. Kristine says:

      Truffle Boy by Ian Purkayastha is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June.Purkayastha s writing is a lot like the act of mushroom collecting roving, covering a lot of ground, a little scattered, and hurried once you get on a roll It s hard to see the forest for the trees when you re being led alongside the stories of this book so quickly, rather than finding yourself surrounded by and involved in them Too much, too fast, and very hands off.

    5. Judy Aulik says:

      The author lightly details childhood growing up in a multicultural family, and his rejection at school until a near superpower develops gourmet cooking Later on, he focuses on mushrooms, and details the truffle business across several countries.Truffle Boy melds mycology with the narrative in a delightfully approachable manner Many memoirs are whiny and self absorbed This one is not.

    6. Chris says:

      How many 16 year olds do you know who visit nation wide food festivals and cook large event meals for their classmates because they love exotic foods Well that is where Ian comes in and changes everything, this is a teen who knows how to source high quality foods from around the country to bring together some of the best meals around The reason I picked up this book was simple, here was a teen who started his own exotic foods company and began when he was in high school He put off college for th [...]

    7. Jessica says:

      Ian Purkayastha grew up in Texas with an Indian father and Texas mother Some of his best childhood memories involved cooking and eating with his Texas grandparents and extended family He learned about foraging for wild food from his uncle Jared While researching wild foods Ian learns about truffles and is determined to try them He saves up his money to buy some from Italy and is soon importing truffles and selling them to local high end restaurants in Dallas and Austin, Texas all while still in [...]

    8. Marti says:

      This makes an interesting read about a geeky kid from Oklahoma who discovers an unusual passion truffles While still in his teens, the author moves to New York City and starts an ultimately successful exotic and luxury food import business.Purkayastha relates the story of his mugging during his early days in Brooklyn the wheeled cooler he uses to peddle truffles to chefs at high end Manhattan restaurants bears a resemblance to those used by drug dealers for their product his muggers are NOT plea [...]

    9. Heather Venard says:

      I struggled with my rating on this one It s truly fascinating to see how a young guy, who is still a young guy even at this point in his career, goes from high school student to importer of specialty foods in a short matter of years The book includes an incredible wealth of information about truffles, foraged foods, and the New York restaurant industry And the author s experiences, the rises and falls of business, are pretty honest However I struggled sometimes with his Meandering story style, t [...]

    10. Zackery says:

      I found this book at work and instantly was interested in it I love the food world and culture and learning about expensive ingredients and what makes them expensive and popular The first 150 pages had me interested and learned how scummy the world of truffles could be But after that, he seemed to have repeated the same information and the chapters just seemed to drag on and on as you didn t learn anything new Definitely a cool start, but I found I was forcing myself to finish it at the end.

    11. Laura says:

      This book was good company on my commute to work and I was impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit and depth of knowledge the author learns and allows him to succeed in his business I found his attitude of superiority over nearly everyone he s ever worked with to be grating but it was interesting to hear about the business of high end mushrooms and other foraged foods.

    12. Patricia Tennesen says:

      I m sure if you are a foodie this would be a fabulous read I am not much of a foodie, in that if it goes down and fills my tummy, it s good I was a little bored with the ongoing discussion of great eats and great restaurants Yet a completely awesome read for those who love to taste, create and read about food.

    13. Kristine says:

      Quite well written Educational about all foodie obsessions An inspiring story to teach me that I need to stay focused on my goals and to have passion Congratulations to Ian on a pretty amazing business.

    14. Paige Hamack says:

      Interesting if you like to hear about foraged foods Well written.

    15. Laura Journeay says:

      Great insight into the high end food business Author writes well and story is compelling Anyone interested in their own business should read this.

    16. Jacquie says:

      Fascinating story even if the Ian is only 23 at writing inspiring.

    17. Carlos says:

      Book told a detailed story of the life and rise to success of Ian Really cool and informative story of the specialty food business from a domestic and international perspective.

    18. Clare says:

      Listened to the audiobook wasn t a huge fan of the person s voice who read it, but found the story and travel very interesting.

    19. Carly says:

      Enjoyed this and learned a lot It got a little long repetitive at times and felt a bit like marketing for the company which likely worked bc I may now buy product but overall enjoyable.

    20. James Hendrickson says:

      This book was great What a fun blend of foodie and entrepreneurship Worth reading as a business book, memoir, or foodie This was hard to put down.

    21. Scott says:

      A great read on the exotic food industry and the lengths people go through to get high priced or rare ingredients I really do recommend this book for any foodies out there to read and savor.

    22. Jennifer Goins says:

      I found this book fascinating I gave it a 4 because I do think he should have waited a few years to write it I felt like it ended prematurely Otherwise, a fun read

    23. Dave Capers says:

      An interesting life made even so by a really good ghost writer Good behind the kitchen door food business insights.

    24. Heather says:

      Ian Purkayastha is New York City s leading truffle importer and boasts a devoted clientele of top chefs nationwide, including Jean Georges Vongerichten, David Chang, Sean Brock, and David Bouley But before he was purveying the world s most expensive fungus to the country s most esteemed chefs, Ian was just a food obsessed teenager in rural Arkansas a misfit with a peculiar fascination for rare and exotic ingredients The son of an Indian immigrant father and a Texan mother, Ian learned to forage [...]

    25. Matthew Marcus says:

      Truffle Boy by Ian PurkayasthaI just finished reading Truffle Boy by Ian Purkayastha and although there were times when I wasn t sure if I was reading about his incredible life or a biology study of mushrooms, I found the book fascinating There were times when I kept having to ask myself, how old is he again I was so impressed with the determination and focus of Purkayastha that I checked him out on the Internet His story is phenomenal and true.Truffle Boy is really about the power of positive t [...]

    26. Tom Limongello says:

      I heard Holly s munchies podcast and ran out to buy this book and finished it in a day Truffle Boy is a fascinating mix of Arkansas Americana, NYC restaurant scene, growth hacking entrepreneurship, fear and intrigue of the luxury goods market, and an approachable look at the history and origins of truffles and their dia spora if you will across Italy, France, Spain, The Dalmatian coast and even to the Himalayan borders of India.

    27. Susan Walker says:

      This is a very good read about the restaurant industry The Author is authority on truffles and has many connections in restaurants.

    28. Chris Zabita says:

      I bought this yesterday as it was featured at Barnes and Noble in the biography section I kind of just impulse bought it not knowing anything about the writer and his story It has been non stop thrilling I can t put it down Its fascinating that a kid who randomly started looking for mushrooms could propel into building his own company from scratch and having so much success I highly recommend.

    29. Marjorie Elwood says:

      The author starts up an Exotic Food Club at his high school in Arkansas, complete with dinners of bucatini pasta with black truffles, and sea urchins He segues into his life importing truffles and other gourmet ingredients, along the way imparting a great deal of information about how to determine whether the food stuff is genuine, and other interesting facts for instance Franklin Garland sells his self published book, The Garland Method of Truffle Growing, for 10,000 A swashbuckling tale

    30. E Vikander says:

      You do not have to be a foodie to enjoy this fascinating book Ian Purkayastha shares his knowledge about truffles and other exotic edibles along with his dogged entrepreneurial spirit He takes us to Serbia, Spain, and India to experience truffle foraging at the source Purkayastha s discussion about food adulteration is eye opening his quest for purity and transparency in the industry is admirable Purkayastha s devotion and success are inspiring As a special treat, some recipes are included at th [...]

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