By Greg Marley
2011 Winner, foreign organization of Culinary pros Jane Grigson Award2011 Finalist, foreign organization of Culinary execs within the Culinary heritage categoryThroughout historical past, humans have had a fancy and complicated dating with mushrooms. Are fungi foodstuff or drugs, priceless decomposers or lethal "toadstools" able to kill an individual foolhardy adequate to devour them? in truth, there's fact in a majority of these statements. In Chanterelle desires, Amanita Nightmares, writer Greg Marley unearths a number of the wonders and mysteries of mushrooms, and our conflicting human reactions to them.
With stories from worldwide, Marley, a pro mushroom specialist, explains that a few cultures are mycophilic (mushroom-loving), like these of Russia and jap Europe, whereas others are intensely mycophobic (mushroom-fearing), together with, the U.S.. He stocks tales from China, Japan, and Korea-where mushrooms are interwoven into the cloth of everyday life as nutrition, medication, fantasy, and folklore-and from Slavic international locations the place complete households go away villages and towns in the course of wet sessions of the overdue summer season and fall and traipse into the forests for mushroom-collecting excursions.
From the recognized Amanita phalloides (aka "the dying Cap"), reputed killer of Emperor Claudius within the first century advert, to the liked chanterelle (cantharellus cibarius) recognized by means of at the very least eighty-nine diverse universal names in nearly twenty-five languages, Chanterelle desires, Amanita Nightmares explores the ways in which mushrooms have formed societies everywhere in the globe.
This interesting and clean examine mushrooms-their ordinary heritage, their makes use of and abuses, their pleasures and dangers-is a appropriate creation to either fungi themselves and to our human fascination with them. From priceless descriptions of the main foolproof suitable for eating species to revealing tales approximately hallucinogenic or toxic, but frequently attractive, fungi, Marley's lengthy and passionate event will tell and encourage readers with the tales of those darkish and mysterious denizens of our wooded area floor.
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Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms by Greg Marley