A scientific and cultural exploration of one of one of the most provocative and sought-after foods on Earth examines the role of fungi as exotic delicacy, curative, poison, and hallucinogen.
cancer-fighting properties, mushrooms are among the most expensive and sought-after foods on the
planet. Yet when it comes to fungi, culinary uses are only the tip of the iceberg. Throughout history fungus has been prized for its diverse properties—medicinal, ecological, even recreational—and has
spawned its own quirky subculture dedicated to exploring the weird biology and celebrating the unique role it plays on earth. In Mycophilia, accomplished food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone examines the role of fungi as exotic delicacy, curative, poison, and hallucinogen, and ultimately discovers that a greater understanding of fungi is key to facing many challenges of the 21st century.
revelations from the weird world of mushrooms
Conferences and collectors
Mutualists, decomposers, and parasites
Hunters, gatherers, and thieves
All about buttons
The new superfood
Fungi that make you well and fungi that make you sick
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On May 7th, Eugenia Bone gives an illustrated lecture on how the biology of mushrooms affects our culinary experience of them. Topics will cover why some mushrooms can be cultivated and others can't; the 1000 or so circuit pickers that collect most American wild mushrooms; a reassessment of the n... Read More »
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