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

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Tales from the Forest Floorp. ix
Part IMushrooms and Culture
1  Passionate about Mushrooms: The Russian and Slavic Experiencep. 3
2  Overcoming Distrust: Mushrooming in Americap. 14
Part IIMushrooms as Food
    Introduction: Leading with Our Stomachsp. 25
3  The Foolproof Four: Updated for a New Millenniump. 31
4  Chanterellesp. 60
5  Boletus edulisp. 72
6  The Agaricus Brothersp. 80
Part IIIDangerously Toxic, Deadly Interesting
    Introduction: Poisonous Mushrooms: Not as Bad as You Fearp. 91
7  Mushroom Poisoning: The Potential Risks and Ways to Avoid Themp. 94
8  Amanita Nightmares: The Death Cap and Destroying Angelp. 112
9  False Morels: The Finnish Fugup. 122
10  A Fallen Angelp. 132
11  The Poison Pax: A Deadly Mysteryp. 136
Part IVMushrooms and the Mind: The Origin of Religion and the Pathway to Enlightenment
    Introduction: Entheogens: A New Way to View Hallucinogenic Mushroomsp. 143
12  Amanita muscarica: Soma, religion, and Santap. 148
13  Psilocybin: Gateway to the Soul or Just a Good High?p. 163
Part VMushrooms within Living Ecosystems
14  Honey Mushrooms: The Race for the World's Largest Fungusp. 185
15  Fairy Rings and Fairy Tales?p. 192
16  Fungal Bioluminescence: Mushroom Nightlightsp. 200
17  Who's Eating the Truffles?p. 207
18  Woodpeckers, Wood Decay Fungi, and Forest Healthp. 217
Part VITools for a New World
19  Growing Mushrooms in the Garden: A How-to Storyp. 227
Appendix of Recommended and Supplemental Readingp. 241
Endnotesp. 247
Indexp. 257

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. InChanterelle 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.

For the past twenty years, dedicated amateur mycologist Greg A. Marley has led public walks, lectures, and classes on wild and medicinal mushrooms and has ignited the interest of hundreds of new mushroomers. He is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi (Down East Books, 2009). Marley lives in Rockland, Maine.

By following a few basic guidelines, readers interested in foraging for their food will find themselves with a wealth of culinary opportunities courtesy of longtime amateur mycologist Marley (Mushrooms for Health). An enthusiastic guide, Marley introduces foragers to the most common wild edible shrooms - morels, puffballs, chicken mushrooms, and shaggy mane - as well as their more recognizable cousins in the market, such as chanterelles. Basic recipes for preparation (risottos, simple pastas, and the like) are included, enabling readers to get the most from their bounty. But Marley spends equal time with their more toxic and psychedelic brethren, describing key characteristics, common regions, and potential side effects, ensuring that initiates spend more time in the woods than the ER. While the book does have a set of color slides to aid in identification of edible and poisonous varieties, the sample pales in comparison to the many species Marley mentions. He's an enthused guide, though his tireless mushroom minutiae (trivia, history, taxonomy, and so on) and narrow focus on species native to the American northeast narrow the book's appeal. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Mushroom lovers who can only get their fix by sampling the often paltry array that appears in their grocer's produce section may be sorely tempted to indulge their mycophilia when they encounter some choice fungi in the wild. Unlike many Asian and European cultures, however, most Americans are hesitant to just pluck one off the forest floor and eat it on the spot. Perhaps such evocative names as the Death Cap mushroom has something to do with this mycophobia. Yet, says Marley, armed with proper background, this culinary caution can turn into complete confidence. From the fabled psychedelic magic mushrooms to the duplicitous appearance of false morels, Marley examines these fungal fiends and provides thorough descriptions of their habitat, appearance, and toxic properties to ward off potential misadventures. An avowed mycophile, Marley offers an entertaining and inquisitive look at both the heroes and villains of the kingdom Fungi in an enlightened guide that comprehensively examines their nutritional benefits, undesirable properties, and diverse cultural history.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2010 Booklist

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