Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms by Eugenia Bone Download (read online) free eBook .pdf.epub.kindle

Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms

An incredibly versatile cooking ingredient containing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and possibly
cancer-fighting properties, mushrooms are among the most expensive and sought-after foods on the
planet. 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, ev

Adam

Dec 26, 2011

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Eugenia Bone is, from what I understand, a food writer who got into mycology as an eater and ended up as the President of the New York Mycological Society. She wrote this book to chronicle her exploits.

For anyone who’s studied mycology at all or even read a number of other pop-mycology books (Mr. Bloomfield’s Orchard, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds, The Kingdom Fungi, etc), this book will be old news. However, there are some rather n

For anyone who’s studied mycology at all or even read a number of other pop-mycology books (Mr. Bloomfield’s Orchard, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds, The Kingdom Fungi, etc), this book will be old news. However, there are some rather nice aspects of the book. First of all, Bone has a fairly interesting personality and isn’t afraid to let it come through in her writing – it’s certainly not sterilized.

More importantly, she’s done an awful lot of reading and searching in the primary literature for the book, and having all of that gathered into one place can be helpful and interesting. She’s also included some of the most fascinating, up-to-date new discoveries, which I was unfamiliar with before. For instance, I was unfamiliar with the fascinating research being done on melanin as an pseudo “photosynthetic” molecule in fungi.

So yeah. It’s always exciting to relive, vicariously, the discovery of the wonderful world of fungi (which is, of course, our own magical world). But there’s nothing particularly special about this book other than its recent publication.
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Amy

Feb 11, 2014

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I’ve heard some criticism of this book, but to me it creates a complete view of mushrooms from one woman’s personal experience and perspective. It may not be your own, and that’s ok. As a mushroom enthusiast – not a scientist, not an expert, not a gatherer – I found the book truly fascinating. It gives a great base of knowledge in everything from history, to science, to culture, to future, to cooking. I’ll be going back through and re-reading some chapters to further my understanding. Some parts

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