Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms
Throughout history, people have had a complex and confusing relationship with mushrooms. Are fungi food or medicine, beneficial decomposers or deadly “toadstools” ready to kill anyone foolhardy enough to eat them? In fact, there is truth in all these statements, and this book reveals some of the wonders and mysteries of mushrooms and our conflicting human reactions to them.
This fascinating and fresh look at mushrooms - their natural history, their uses and abuses, their pleasures and dangers - is a splendid introduction to both fungi themselves and to our human fascination with them. From useful descriptions of the most foolproof edible species to revealing stories about hallucinogenic or poisonous, yet often beautiful, fungi, Marley’s long and passionate experience will inform and inspire readers with the stories of these dark and mysterious denizens of our forest floor.
• 2011 Winner, International Association of Culinary Professionals Jane Grigson Award
• 2011 Finalist, International Association of Culinary Professionals in the Culinary History category
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