Truffles on the plate

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Two years ago, the world's largest white truffle went up for auction in New York. Unlike the back and forth of paddles you might imagine with a Picasso or Van Gogh on the block, the 3.93 pounder sold for $50,000 in under a minute to a Taiwanese bidder. With truffles back in season, Los Angeles Magazine restaurant critic Patric Kuh gives us the lowdown on where to source the coveted funghi around town: "It's a commodity and a parasite. A parasite that adds $80 to any dish."

Music: "Fire Coming out of the Monkey's Head" by Gorillaz and "Nage Libre" by Hervé Roy