twicelovedbooks, March 3, 2014 (view all comments by twicelovedbooks)
Five-Star Fungi Adventures!
Mix equal parts foraging, intrigue, and hidden treasures with spy tactics, clandestine ops, and great eats, and what do you get?
An Amazing Read!
From forest to table -- whether your own or that of the high-end restaurant -- you are able to follow Langdon Cook on the trail with well-seasoned veterans in the race with each other to locate and liberate nature's bountiful delicacies.
Yum! More, please.
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mms, February 5, 2014 (view all comments by mms)
Langdon Cook gives a fascinating look at the whole of the culture around wild mushrooms--from forager to buyer to chef. He illuminates what drives those involved in the trade. Aside from that, any would-be recreational hunter can learn a great deal about the habitat and habits of Pacific Northwest mushrooms.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Intrepid and inspired, Seattle-based author Cook (Fat of the Land) follows his passion for porcini, chanterelles, and black trumpets into remote forests, from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, where mild fungi fruit in abundance and are hunted in secret and traded like contraband. The mushroom hunters he joins are like the gold prospectors of the Wild West: secretive men with sharp survival skills, who intimately know the terrain and can endure brutal days bushwhacking for an itinerant hand-to-mouth existence. The hunters pick different species, depending on the season — from hedgehogs to king bolete and matsutake — amassing pounds of mushrooms to sell. The author trails veteran harvester Doug Glen Carnell through the coastal Olympic Peninsula. A favorite buyer is Jeremy Faber, owner of Foraged and Found Edibles, who has connections with the fancy restaurants in Seattle and New York; he inspects the day's hauls and tallies the prices. The hunters venture into coastal California in winter, picking yellow feet, among others; they even come upon a cornucopia of 'burn morels,' which emerge after forest fires. Cook amply, knowledgeably incorporates debates about sustainability and legality, and offers recipes. Agent: Lisa Grubka, Fletcher & Co. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
by Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist,
“If you’ve never thought of using the words ‘mushroom’ and ‘adventure’ in the same sentence, this gripping book will force you to reconsider.”
by Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry,
“With superb detail and intrepid research, Langdon Cook leads a fascinating trek deep into the mysterious world of mushroom hunting, blending intriguing natural history and quirky characters with insights into this murky, sometimes dangerous business. This is riveting stuff for food lovers.”
by Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life,
“The Mushroom Hunters is one of those very infrequent and wonderful books that change your way of looking at something you think you don’t care about. Who knew the humble mushroom could be shot through with suspense? The way Langdon Cook writes about these delicious fungi — the excitement in the story of their capture; the flair of the telling — has me convinced I’d go pretty far out on the wire myself to get some.”
by Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia,
“A beautifully written portrait of the people who collect and distribute wild mushrooms, The Mushroom Hunters is food and nature writing at its finest. Langdon Cook's descriptions are so visceral you can smell the mushrooms, the forests, the rain on every page. This is a terrific book.”
by Lawrence Millman, author of Last Places,
“In these pages, you’ll meet America’s last nomads in all their ragamuffin glory. Langdon Cook brings these individuals to life with the eyes, ears, and heart of a first-rate novelist.”
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