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Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses Chapter Summary & Analysis - Se Non e Vero Summary

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Truffles are mushrooms that grow in the wild and cannot be cultivated. They are rare, prized, and very expensive. Madame du Barry, the Marquis de Sade, and Louis XIV all consumed truffles frequently and believed fervently in their aphrodisiac qualities. Scientists have discovered the scent of a truffle activates a gland in the pig that produces the same pheromones present in humans when they are in love.

Allende once planned to treat a beau to a truffle omelet, but discovered that she could not afford the truffle. The clerk in the delicatessen where she was shopping instead sold her black olives and truffled olive oil with instructions to wash the olives to rid them of their flavor, soak them in the truffled oil and chop them up in the omelet. The fake truffles fooled Allende's lover, and she was glad, in...

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