Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms

Bone, Eugenia

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Baker & Taylor
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.

McMillan Palgrave
An incredibly versatile cooking ingredient containing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and possibly
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.
Engrossing, surprising, and packed with up-to-date science and cultural exploration, Mycophilia is part narrative and part primer for foodies, science buffs, environmental advocates, and anyone interested in learning a lot about one of the least understood and most curious organisms in nature.

Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2011
ISBN: 9781605294070
Branch Call Number: 579.6097 B
Characteristics: xix, 348 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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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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