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

Author(s): Greg Marley

Mushrooms & Truffles

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.


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Winner of IACP Cookbook Awards: Jane Grigson Award 2011. Shortlisted for IACP Cookbook Awards: Culinary History 2011.

"This book is an enticing invitation into the fungal realm, accessible and a pleasure to read. Author Greg Marley's enthusiasm is infectious, as he encourages an appreciation of fungi as essential ecological partners, and empowers readers wtih practical tools. These pages are filled with foraging and cultivation tips, scientific explanations, ancient lore, literary references, and entertaining stories, with the mission of transforming mycophobia into mycophilia." -- Sandor Ellis Katz, Author of Wild Fermentation and The Revolution will not be Microwaved

Greg Marley has a passion for mushrooms that dates back to 1971, the year he left his native New Mexico and spent the summer in the verdant woods of central New York. Snce 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 Centre. He is the 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 Northeaster Fungi. He lives and mushrooms in Rockland, Maine.

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General Fields

  • : 9781603582148
  • : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • : September 2010
  • : 229mm X 152mm X 20mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 579.616
  • : 288
  • : 8 Pages of Color Illustrations
  • : Greg Marley
  • : Paperback