To the uninitiated, finding and eating wild mushrooms can be a little scary, but also a fun and delicious experience. Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares journeys through the often-unexamined kingdom of fungi, revealing the remarkable beauty, bounty, and complexity of wild mushrooms.
Greg Marley carries readers into European and Asian cultures where mycophilic (mushroom-loving) families routinely and passionately quest for edible mushrooms. He offers practical advice for those seeking to add wild mushrooms to their diet, including details on commonly eaten "foolproof" wild mushrooms. He unveils the ecology, habitats, and pleasures of better-known edibles and shares techniques (including recipes) for preparing them.
Marley also explores the risks of in-famous poisonous mushrooms, led by the "Death Cap," and explains how to avoid them. He also provides a broad historic and cultural look at hallucinogenic fungi, offering a glimpse of their promising future clinical uses.
Through thoughtful consideration of the world of fungi, Chanterelle Dreams invites readers to appreciate the myriad wonders of the humble mushroom.
|Publisher:||Chelsea Green Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Greg Marley has a passion for mushrooms that dates to 1971, the year he left his native New Mexico and spent the summer in the verdant woods of central New York. Since then, he has become an avid student and teacher of mycology, as well as a mushroom identification consultant to the Northern New England Poison Control Center and owner of Mushrooms for Health, a company that provides education and products made with Maine medicinal mushrooms. Marley is the author of Mushrooms for Health: Medical Secrets of Northeastern Fungi and Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms. He lives and mushrooms in Rockland, Maine.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Tales from the Forest Floor ix
Part I Mushrooms and Culture
1 Passionate about Mushrooms: The Russian and Slavic Experience 3
2 Overcoming Distrust: Mushrooming in America 14
Part II Mushrooms as Food
Introduction: Leading with Our Stomachs 25
3 The Foolproof Four: Updated for a New Millennium 31
4 Chanterelles 60
5 Boletus edulis 72
6 The Agaricus Brothers 80
Part III Dangerously Toxic, Deadly Interesting
Introduction: Poisonous Mushrooms: Not as Bad as You Fear 91
7 Mushroom Poisoning: The Potential Risks and Ways to Avoid Them 94
8 Amanita Nightmares: The Death Cap and Destroying Angel 112
9 False Morels: The Finnish Fugu 122
10 A Fallen Angel 132
11 The Poison Pax: A Deadly Mystery 136
Part IV Mushrooms and the Mind: The Origin of Religion and the Pathway to Enlightenment
Introduction: Entheogens: A New Way to View Hallucinogenic Mushrooms 143
12 Amanita muscarica: Soma, religion, and Santa 148
13 Psilocybin: Gateway to the Soul or Just a Good High? 163
Part V Mushrooms within Living Ecosystems
14 Honey Mushrooms: The Race for the World's Largest Fungus 185
15 Fairy Rings and Fairy Tales? 192
16 Fungal Bioluminescence: Mushroom Nightlights 200
17 Who's Eating the Truffles? 207
18 Woodpeckers, Wood Decay Fungi, and Forest Health 217
Part VI Tools for a New World
19 Growing Mushrooms in the Garden: A How-to Story 227
Appendix of Recommended and Supplemental Reading 241