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

Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares

The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms


Published: 29th October 2010
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2011 Winner, International Association of Culinary Professionals Jane Grigson Award2011 Finalist, International Association of Culinary Professionals in the Culinary History categoryThroughout 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. In Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares, author Greg Marley reveals some of the wonders and mysteries of mushrooms, and our conflicting human reactions to them.

With tales from around the world, Marley, a seasoned mushroom expert, explains that some cultures are mycophilic (mushroom-loving), like those of Russia and Eastern Europe, while others are intensely mycophobic (mushroom-fearing), including, the US. He shares stories from China, Japan, and Korea-where mushrooms are interwoven into the fabric of daily life as food, medicine, fable, and folklore-and from Slavic countries where whole families leave villages and cities during rainy periods of the late summer and fall and traipse into the forests for mushroom-collecting excursions.

From the famous Amanita phalloides (aka "the Death Cap"), reputed killer of Emperor Claudius in the first century AD, to the beloved chanterelle (cantharellus cibarius) known by at least eighty-nine different common names in almost twenty-five languages, Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares explores the ways that mushrooms have shaped societies all over the globe.

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.

Tales from the forest floor -- Mushrooms and culture. Passionate about mushrooms : the Russian and Slavic experience ; Overcoming distrust : mushrooming in America -- Mushrooms as food : leading with our stomachs. The Foolproof Four : updated for a new millennium ; Chanterelles ; Boletus edulis ; The Agaricus brothers -- Dangerously toxic, deadly interesting : poisonous mushrooms : not as bad as you fear. Mushroom poisoning : not as bad as you fear ; Mushroom poisoning : the potential risks and ways to avoid them ; Amanita nightmares : the Death Cap and Destroying Angel ; False morels : the Finnish Fugu ; A fallen angel ; The poison pax : a deadly mystery -- Mushrooms and the mind : the origin of religion and the pathway to enlightenment : entheogens : a new way to view hallucinogenic mushrooms ; Amanita muscaria : soma, religion, and Santa ; Psilocybin : gateway to the soul or just a good high? -- Mushrooms within living ecosystems. Honey mushrooms : the race for the world's largest fungus ; Fairy rings and fairy tales ; Fungal bioluminescence : mushroom nightlights ; Who's eating the truffles? ; Woodpeckers, wood decay fungi, and forest health -- Tools for a new world. Growing mushrooms in the garden : a how-to story.5

ISBN: 9781603582803
ISBN-10: 1603582800
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 29th October 2010
Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub.