I have never met a fungi I didn't love. Mushrooms are the underdog of the culinary world, yet are also the unsung heroes and champions of flavor. They are truly humble and willing to take a backseat to the star of the dish, from roasts to risottos, to pizzas and pastas.
There's one well-known exception and that is the truffle – it trumps all and it knows it. But there’s a new contender to the fungi throne, because the lesser known matsutake (pronounced “maht soo tah keh”), also known as the “pine mushroom,” is beginning to command a loyal following (not to mention a pretty steep price).