Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms

Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms

by Greg Marley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603582148
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 09/09/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,299,644
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

Acknowledgments vii

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

Endnotes 247

Index 257

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