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All you wanted to know about truffle oil and were afraid to ask.

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I just got hold of this article today, published 5/16/2007 in the NYT by Daniel Patterson.

A little old by cybertimes standards, but very instructive.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/din...

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  1. Alas! 99.99% of the Truffle Oil found in the US is FAKE! Never been near a Truffle, white or black.

    The difference is, IMO, the quality of the chemical, and the quality of the oil. Whether they price be $40 or $4 for a small bottle, it is still a synthetic. If the label says "Truffle Essence" or "Truffle Aroma" or something like that , it is synthetic.

    I have been using the White and Black Truffle Oil from Oliviers & Co. It is reasonably priced, made with EVOO, and is quite delicious. It will just have to do until we win the Lottery or something.

    1. Real or not, if you are looking for white truffle oil go to bistroblends.com. It is fabulous, and the last time I bought it it was $26. a bottle...but it's a large one and delicious!

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      1. re: crosby_p

        If I were a chef (which I am not) and I had been using truffle oil for years and had been happy with my results, wouldn't that be like a blind tasting? I am reminded of the story of the classicist who was crestfallen when he discovered the Odessy was not written by Homer but by another poet of the same name. Actually, I think the fact that synthetic truffle oil fools so many people is good news not bad.