Oprah Winfrey’s Food Obsession: ‘I’m a Truffle Freak’

08/05/2014 at 01:35 PM ET

Oprah Winfrey
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When it comes to cooking, what’s one of Oprah Winfrey‘s favorite things?

“Truffles!” the talk show titan told reporters at the premiere of The Hundred-Foot Journey, which she produced, in New York Monday.

“I’m a truffle freak,” she went on of her latest culinary obsession. “I walk around with truffle salt. That’s on my rider for the hotels — truffle salt, truffle oil. I want to go to Alba [in Italy] and do the truffle hunt with the pigs.”

As for the philanthropist’s favorite ways to cook with the mushrooms, “I’m really good with, unfortunately, pastas,” she said. “I make a mean pasta with shaved truffles and tortellini stuffed with cheese and truffles.”

Sounds delicious — and intense. Looking for an easier way to try one of Oprah’s top flavors? Whip up this 5-minute truffle popcorn recipe from Patrick O’Connell, the award-winning chef from Virginia’s Inn at Little Washington.

The only hard part: Trying not to eat the whole bowl!

Truffled Popcorn
Makes about 7 cups

⅓ cup popcorn kernels
2 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. truffle oil
1 tbsp. minced parsley
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Place warm popcorn in a bowl. Toss with butter, truffle oil, parsley, cheese and salt and pepper to taste.

—Reporting by Sara Hammel

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Tamarin on

Nice. And what can regular, non-billionaire people afford that is similar? Maybe just the standard white mushrooms? LOL

Flo on

With all her money , she could have all her meals cooked, using healthy ingredients, and she could eat healthy. Have to eat the rite. Foods so you feel fuller longer, thus you eat less food. Eat less , move more, totally works , will for everybody.

whatever on

…this is also a woman that chartered a jet so she could have her favorite donuts flown to her for the low, low price of $50k; now, where was I?

guest on

im thinking her obsession is just plain food and overeating. which is a problem for a lot of people, myself included. its a discipline. you have to work at it every day, as i do. you are correct, she can certainly pay to have healthier foods prepared but its mostly about how many times you take the fork to your mouth.

Lori on

I totally misread the headline… saw it as “I’m a TURTLE freak”. Glad to know she loves truffles instead.

Bunnie on

Only truffles, Oprah?

tom on

To funny! her eating disorder would be more like it.

scw1993 on

Why not tell the truth for once, oprah and tell everyone it’s mashed potatoes that you can’t stop shovelling into your big, fat mouth.You lost my respect when you said to “tell whitey we’re finally off the plantation.” Take your racist self, and disappear.

Vinn on

Oprah is just a fat,rich middled aged heffer…

Meghan Dessing on

I thought Oprah ate anything that wasn’t nailed down!

Israeline on

You can shop for a cause and support your favorite charity:

Annie on

Oprah loves food and she really needs to get her weight down. Afrom one compulsive overeater to another.

Cecil on

If she goes to Italy to hunt truffles with the pigs, she could get locked in the pen when they round them up.

nonyabusiness on


Al Schrader on

Being a billionaire wont get you the best food. Being a chef will, though.


Life is short! Eat the truffles and enjoy them!

eww on

Truffle oil has no truffles in it, it has mercaptin…which is the chemical they use to oderize propane. Ya know the garbage smell. Eww

Toney Bossier on

Moteriskas apatinis trikotazas internetu


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Elroy Bellisario on

should i invest in gold


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