Nero fiddled, someone rearranged the deck chairs and France (and the NYT) worry about its truffles

Big story on France (admittedly this is the NYTimes’ take on what is important in France) today is its truffles.

As the world of French truffles falls into disarray, let’s hear it for the poor man’s truffle of Bourgogne.

Inexpensive truffles from China, odorless and tasteless, are flooding France. Synthetically flavored truffle oil is turning up in more restaurant creations. And the supply of the royal black Périgord truffle, the black diamond of French cuisine, is shrinking.

Meanwhile, children do poorly, there are significant racial issues, and thats not touching gay marriage, intersectionality issues, feminism and the problems of a sizable Islamic community that faces huge prejudice.

Good to know that everyone has their priorities straight.

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