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Mycophilia by Eugenia Bone.. So they can kill you. So what? Spooky, weird and psychedelic (even when they’re not), our friends in the fungi kingdom are worthy of getting to know, and this terrific book is your best start.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Hedgehogs, fairy clubs, hawk’s wings and candy caps: these are just a gladeful of the fungal eruptions that have captivated Eugenia Bone, the intrepid — when not encountering grizzly bears — author of one of the most beguiling books I’ve read this year. A generous sprinkling of amateur photos only adds to the charm of “Mycophilia.” I was especially taken by a black-and-white snapshot of 30 sturdily dressed mycophiles trotting briskly en masse across a field, heading toward the day’s quarry: delectable, hard-to-find morels."

The New York Times

"America is unique in its contemporary mushroom culture. Throughout Europe and Asia, wild fungi are still harvested as a staple food source. They're essential and functional. In modern America they're a hobby and a passion. Mushrooming is cultish, often obsessive, and Ms. Bone the journalist, opting to stalk her subject via its disciples, discovers a world in which the extraordinariness of the hunters matches that of their prey."

The Wall Street Journal

Author bio: I have been writing about food for twenty years. My first book, At Mesa's Edge, was nominated for a Colorado Book Award. My second book, Italian Family Dining, was written with my father, artist and cookbook author Edward Giobbi. My third, Well Preserved, was nominated for a James Beard Award. But now, with Mycophilia, I'm writing about science. That might seem incongruous, but in fact, recipe writing and science writing are not totally dissimilar: both require very precise thinking and evocative language. It took me years to understand the science (I was not a biology major, not by a long shot) and to navigate the erudite and eccentric community of professional and amateur mycologists, but producing Mycophilia has been the most profound writing experience of my career. Mushrooms turned out to be the window by which I came to understand nature in a deeper way. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (348 pp. Fungidelic: Kindle/Print editions)

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