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Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms
     

Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms

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by Eugenia Bone
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Miranda Seymour
…one of the most beguiling books I've read this year…While not quite a match in pithy summary to Basho, the Japanese mycophile and haiku maker, Bone deploys the precise, uncommon vocabulary of the best naturalists…[her] enthusiasm would prompt even the most languid armchair ecologist to take a new interest in the role played on our planet by mushrooms…[a] delicious, surprising and dizzyingly informative book.
—The New York Times Book Review
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“Mycophilia is the most engrossing, readable book about mushrooms and the science of mycology I have ever read. This is THE book to give to people interested in mushrooms, whether they are beginners, longtime mushroom hunters, or professional mycologists.
” —Gary Lincoff, author of The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms

“Engaging trawl through the labryinths of mycophilia...lyrical and precise...Ms. Bone ends her odyssey elegantly, discovering mushrooms may be the most important--and most hopeful--ingredient of life on Earth.” —Wall Street Journal

“One of the most beguiling books I've read this year. A generous sprinkling of amateur photos only adds to the charm of "Mycophilia"...Weird details,combined with a flair for startling analogies, brighten even the most rambling passages of Bone's book...Set her on the hunt for fungi in the aftermath of a forest fire and Bone can make you shiver in the slovenly vacuum of a campsite she compres to a cold fireplace...Bone deployes the precise, uncommon vocabulary of the best naturalists. Bone's enthusiasm would prompt even the most languid armchair ecologist to take a new interest in...mushrooms...Each and every fungus contains properties that, as described by Bone, sound almost magical...Delicious, surprising and dizzyingly informative book.” —Wall Street Journal

“Earthy and honest...with good humor and clear writing.” —The Denver Post

“Mycophilia...will delight many readers...[Bone] makes a charming and witty tour guide through the vast world of fungi...Mycophilia is one of those books that can completely change the way we view the Earth, making us ever more conscious and even conscientious citizens.” —The Plain Dealer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605294070
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
641,621
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

EUGENIA BONE is an author and a food writer who has been featured in numerous national publications. She writes a blog on preserving foods for the Denver Post. She lives in New York City.

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Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
constructivedisorder More than 1 year ago
The book is full of fascinating information, and once started is surprisingly difficult to put down. Eugenia Bone's writing is delicious - relaxed, pleasing and intelligent - and the book is rich with the flavor of mushrooms, mycologists and her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author's lively, often humorous style makes the story of her search for mushrooms, packed with detailed information of fungi and the subculture of people who love them, fascinating and fun to read.