Two more reviews: one formal, one informal and unattributable. The first, from the Rotorua Daily Post/Weekender, by Judith Moore:
His book is a revelation — everything you want to know about truffles — the international scene, how to fondle and sniff a truffle, recipes, history, dog training. Most important of all, he gives instructions on how to grow your own truffle. With deft touch, entertaining text and good photographs, Renowden skips over the difficulties — alkaline soil, 10-year wait, porcine poachers — and waxes lyrical over the end results.
The informal review is a little more effusive. In it, a senior member of the British royal family (his name begins with C and he lives in Gloucestershire) thanks a friend for his Christmas present:
Bless you for sending me that absolutely rivetting book on truffles! It is un-put-downable!
In a further sign of royal approbation, the writer’s father has ordered extra copies for the Palace library. Unfortunately, royal etiquette means I can’t use the quote on the cover, but I am chuffed. As is my mum.