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Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms (original: 2011; edição: 2011)

de Eugenia Bone (Autor)

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An incredibly versatile cooking ingredient containing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and possiblycancer-fighting properties, mushrooms are among the most expensive and sought-after foods on theplanet. Yet when it comes to fungi, culinary uses are only the tip of the iceberg. Throughout history fungus has been prized for its diverse properties-medicinal, ecological, even recreational-and hasspawned its own quirky subculture dedicated to exploring the weird biology and celebrating the unique role it plays on earth. InMycophilia, accomplished food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone examines the role of fungi as exotic delicacy, curative, poison, and hallucinogen, and ultimately discovers that a greater understanding of fungi is key to facing many challenges of the 21st century. Engrossing, surprising, and packed with up-to-date science and cultural exploration,Mycophiliais part narrative and part primer for foodies, science buffs, environmental advocates, and anyone interested in learning a lot about one of the least understood and most curious organisms in nature.… (mais)
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Título:Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms
Autores:Eugenia Bone (Autor)
Informação:Rodale Books (2011), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms de Eugenia Bone (2011)

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The wonderful world of mushrooms. So much fun. Spans quite a lot of the fungus universe. The writer mentions how strange the people are in this world and then tells you all about it. I enjoyed the mix of data and anecdotes. ( )
  rickycatto | Sep 9, 2020 |
I've been reading single subject info books for a while (Salt! Feathers! Rust! etc). This book has lots of information on mushrooms, but feels like 50% mushroom memoir. The memoir parts are frequently interesting or funny. But I would really prefer more mushroom facts and less memoir. ( )
  gregrr | Oct 30, 2018 |
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  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
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  rabbit.blackberry | Oct 19, 2017 |
Part memoir, part mushroom science book and part insider view into the cult of mycophilia I found this book to be really informative if somewhat overblown in some places. Unlike some reviewers, I didn’t find Bone’s personal asides and insights annoying. A book like this is supposed to have that kind of thing in it, although after a while the litany of mushroom dishes and elbow-rubbing vignettes with mushroom “royalty” was a bit repetitive.

Bone begins her book by telling us that she’s not much of an outdoors woman (and boy does it show later), but that by finding, eating and loving some wild mushrooms she found (or maybe it was someone else) she bit the bullet and started sleeping in tents in the middle of nowhere so she could find more. I only hunt mushrooms for food casually. Most of my mushroom fascination goes into photography not my kitchen. But I admit I got a bit entranced by her description of candy caps and the fabled matsutake. Some of the chapters went on a bit too long, like truffles and her brush with the “magic mushroom people”, but overall it’s breezy, diverse and interesting.

So what did I learn from this book? That the reason I found so many varieties and specimens in an old growth forest is because of the symbiotic relationship mycorrhizal mushrooms and trees have. Older, established trees have had the time to accumulate a large and intricate network of fungus underground. Through this webbing and their own roots they can better do things like nutrient uptake. If a forest is logged heavily too many trees die and the mycorrhizal network is damaged or destroyed, leaving saplings to struggle and possibly die because of it. I already knew about the importance of fungi in soil from my connection to biodynamic farming and how many farmers are abandoning the traditional soil tillage methods for ones that don’t break up the fungus network. It’s more labor intensive, but the soil is a much better substrate for whatever they plant.

I also learned that mushrooms, the fruiting bodies of fungus, don’t grow so much as expand. The cells of a mushroom are fixed as soon as it forms. From button stage to disintegration, no cells are added to the structure. They merely fill with water and inflate, like balloons filling with air. Crazy huh?

Oh and there’s a type of fungus that invades the head of a certain caterpillar and when it sprouts it shoot straight up and basically hollows out the caterpillar; absorbing its entire insides replacing it with mycelium. In parts of Asia this is a delicacy and mushroom and worm are collected and sold for hundreds and thousands of dollars, proving once again that Asians will eat practically anything.

In America though, mushrooming is a fringe thing, practiced by lunatics. Indeed when I told some people that I’d found some gorgeous chanterelles they looked at me like I grew another head and said that wild mushrooms were scary. True, many are, but once you come to know certain species, it’s very hard to be fooled by impostors and while I probably won’t join local clubs or forays I will continue to pick from the groves of chanterelles I’ve already found and keep my eyes peeled for the glorious hen of the woods. ( )
  Bookmarque | Sep 27, 2016 |
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An incredibly versatile cooking ingredient containing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and possiblycancer-fighting properties, mushrooms are among the most expensive and sought-after foods on theplanet. Yet when it comes to fungi, culinary uses are only the tip of the iceberg. Throughout history fungus has been prized for its diverse properties-medicinal, ecological, even recreational-and hasspawned its own quirky subculture dedicated to exploring the weird biology and celebrating the unique role it plays on earth. InMycophilia, accomplished food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone examines the role of fungi as exotic delicacy, curative, poison, and hallucinogen, and ultimately discovers that a greater understanding of fungi is key to facing many challenges of the 21st century. Engrossing, surprising, and packed with up-to-date science and cultural exploration,Mycophiliais part narrative and part primer for foodies, science buffs, environmental advocates, and anyone interested in learning a lot about one of the least understood and most curious organisms in nature.

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