Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and by Greg Marley

By Greg Marley

2011 Winner, foreign organization of Culinary execs Jane Grigson Award2011 Finalist, overseas organization of Culinary execs within the Culinary historical past categoryThroughout background, humans have had a posh and complicated courting with mushrooms. Are fungi nutrition or drugs, important decomposers or lethal "toadstools" able to kill someone foolhardy sufficient to consume them? in reality, there's fact in most of these statements. In Chanterelle goals, 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 professional mushroom professional, 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 material of way of life as nutrition, drugs, delusion, and folklore-and from Slavic nations the place complete households depart villages and towns in the course of wet classes of the overdue summer time and fall and traipse into the forests for mushroom-collecting excursions.

From the recognized Amanita phalloides (aka "the loss of life Cap"), reputed killer of Emperor Claudius within the first century advert, to the liked chanterelle (cantharellus cibarius) recognized via not less than eighty-nine various universal names in nearly twenty-five languages, Chanterelle desires, Amanita Nightmares explores the ways in which mushrooms have formed societies all around the globe.

This interesting and clean examine mushrooms-their usual historical past, their makes use of and abuses, their pleasures and dangers-is a most suitable creation to either fungi themselves and to our human fascination with them. From valuable descriptions of the main foolproof fit for human consumption species to revealing tales approximately hallucinogenic or toxic, but usually attractive, fungi, Marley's lengthy and passionate adventure will tell and encourage readers with the tales of those darkish and mysterious denizens of our wooded area floor.

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