The Mushroom Hunters

The Mushroom Hunters

On the Trail of An Underground America

Book - 2013 | First edition
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In the dark corners of America's forests grow culinary treasures. Chefs pay top dollar to showcase these elusive and beguiling ingredients on their menus. Whether dressing up a filet mignon with smoky morels or shaving luxurious white truffles over pasta, the most elegant restaurants across the country now feature an abundance of wild mushrooms. The mushroom hunters, by contrast, are a rough lot. They live in the wilderness and move with the seasons. Motivated by Gold Rush desires, they haul improbable quantities of fungi from the woods for cash. Langdon Cook embeds himself in this shadowy subculture, reporting from both rural fringes and big-city eateries with the flair of a novelist, uncovering along the way what might be the last gasp of frontier-style capitalism. Meet Doug, an ex-logger and crabber--now an itinerant mushroom picker trying to pay his bills and stay out of trouble; Jeremy, a former cook turned wild-food entrepreneur, crisscrossing the continent to build a business amid cutthroat competition; their friend Matt, an up-and-coming chef whose kitchen alchemy is turning heads; and the woman who inspires them all. Rich with the science and lore of edible fungi--from seductive chanterelles to exotic porcini--The Mushroom Hunters is equal parts gonzo travelogue and culinary history lesson, a rollicking, character-driven tour through a world that is by turns secretive, dangerous, and tragically American.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345536259
Branch Call Number: 579.6 COO 2013
Characteristics: xviii, 296 pages ; 24 cm

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josiehann
Jul 23, 2018

I love the Pacific Northwest, and really enjoy recreational mushroom hunting, thus this was the perfect read for me. Cook's description of the mushroom economy was enlightening. I enjoyed that he mixed his high brow foodie ways with with the prosaic lifestyle of the mushroom hunters and camps. I also appreciated his description of the matsutake hunts in southern Oregon as hyperbole and rumor have made them sound way more "Mad Max" than they are.

If your into mushrooms and live in the northwest, this is a must book to read. All of the edible varieties are in this book, and where to look for them in the wild. And ideals on how to cook them.

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jeanneodea
Dec 01, 2013

I was never able to download the mushroom hunters on my kindle fire.

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