Mushrooming: The Joy of the Quiet Hunt - An Illustrated Guide to the Fascinating, the Delicious, the Deadly and the Strange
Published by: Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
Imprint: Douglas & McIntyre
Sales Date: 2022-09-10
Published: September 2022
Imprint: Douglas & McIntyre
Page Count: 240 Pages
Dimensions: 7.75 x 9.60
240 Pages, 7.75 x 9.60 x 22.60 mm
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Foraging for wild mushrooms is an increasingly popular pursuit and this beautifully produced volume—filled with insights, anecdotes and details about more than 120 common and charismatic fungi from across the northern hemisphere—will appeal to everyone from beginner mushroomers to advanced mycophiles.
Mushrooming offers a new perspective on the fascinating, edible, deadly and strange world of fungi, from candy caps to earth stars, puff balls to poison pie, prized chanterelles, morels, hedgehogs and the bloodless destroying angel. There are mushrooms named after fairies and demons, little brown mushrooms that are wildly hallucinogenic, phallic specimens prized as aphrodisiacs, and mushrooms that are the colour of precious jewels. Some mushrooms look so much like woodland birds they are shot at by hunters, and others, incredibly, glow in the dark.
Walk along with award-winning artist and educator Diane Borsato and illustrator Kelsey Oseid as they inspire foragers at all levels to see the wondrousness of fungi wherever they are: in the forest, the city park or the local market.
Learn how mushrooming can radically expand our perspectives, connect us to nature and quietly enrich our lives.
"I want to live in Diane Borsato’s brain. What a joy it is to experience the fruiting bodies of her deep wide intellect in this book about mushrooms, art, forests, feminism, poison, pasta, and so much more. This is my favourite kind of fence jumping, perspective shifting, deliciously illustrated, eloquently enquiring, radically alive book." Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life
"A delightful, eclectic and enjoyable tour of mushrooms and their place in our world…This is a book that isn't afraid to mix the personal with the practical and will thrill many readers because of that." Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator
"Fungi are an order so mysterious they push our wonder and horror buttons simultaneously. In Mushrooming, Diane Borsato uses her radical curiosity to consider what they have to teach us about interconnection, the diversity of life, and the wildly creative possibilities of risk and attention." Shary Boyle, Artist
"Absolutely terrific. This is a volume that, at first glance, is a field guide. But peering closer, as every mycologist knows, brings reward. Borsato’s species descriptions are bright and lyrical; accompanying caps and stems rendered lovingly by Oseid. From art to culture to food, Mushrooming is a celebration of the human relationship with fungi." Jonathan C. Slaght, author of Owls of the Eastern Ice
"Mushrooming is as much about identification as it is about finding wonder in all that surrounds us. Borsato frames the silent hunt through art, ecology, spirituality, ethics, and access. A guide unlike any other, this book is a must for artists, nature lovers, and anyone looking to find more magic in the world around them." Jen Delos Reyes, author of Open Engagement
"Mushrooming is, in every way, a delightful book." Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms
"There is a worldwide resurgence of interest in fungi, so Mushrooming arrives at a perfect time...Diane Borsato's tales of mushroom hunters, the gouache renditions by Kelly Oseid and yes, the culinary side of mushrooms (choose them carefully!) combine to make this book a delightful adventure from beginning to end." Jay Ingram, author of The Science of Everyday Life
"Every turn of the page in Mushrooming reveals surprising delights, between the eye-catching illustrations, cleverly quippy commentary and insightful background information. Whether you're the sort to dig in the dirt in search of mushrooms, are considering your next gastronomic adventure, or are simply eager to learn more about the natural history of our fungal friends—this book will speak to the mycologist in everyone." Emily Graslie, creator of The Brain Scoop and ART LAB on YouTube, and host/writer of Prehistoric Road Trip on PBS