Wild Mushrooms, from Forest to Table

Contents

Foreword
Introduction

PART ONE, FEAR AND LOATHING IN NORTH AMERICA: WHY EAT FUNGUS?

Why don’t I just be normal and stay away from wild mushrooms?
What are mushrooms?
What do mushrooms eat?
Why do mushrooms look like they do?
What nutritional value do mushrooms have?
What medicinal value do wild mushrooms have?
What about the “other kind” of mushrooms?

PART TWO, LIVE WILD OR DIE: WILD MUSHROOM HUNTING FOR FUN AND PROFIT

Why am I doing this?

Section 1, Edibility

Aren’t most mushrooms poisonous?
What’s the difference between “poisonous” and “not edible?”
What about when it says “poisonous to some” or “edible with caution?”
Are mushrooms more dangerous to pets?
What does “edibility unknown” mean?

Section 2, Identification

Don’t a lot of the edible mushrooms have poisonous look alikes?
What about those experts that you hear about in the news killing themselves?
How are mushrooms classified?
What books or apps do you recommend?
How do you identify a mushroom?
Are there any rules-of-thumb about edibility?
What are the top wild mushrooms to look for?

Section 3, Gathering

When should I go mushroom hunting?
Where should I go mushroom hunting?
Where should I NOT go mushroom hunting?
What do I take with me?
Is it safe to touch or smell poisonous mushrooms?
What are some safety precautions and guidelines for gathering mushrooms?
Why is my mushroom moving?
Can you hurt the mushroom population by gathering them?
Any pointers on the top mushrooms?

PART THREE, A FUNGUSTATORY EXPERIENCE: SERVING AND PRESERVING WILD MUSHROOMS

Why am I cooking this?

I don’t want to forage. Where can I buy some ’shrooms?
How do I clean and store wild mushrooms?
Is it really necessary to cook mushrooms?
How can I be careful eating mushrooms?
How do I cook mushrooms?
What do I do if I think someone ate the wrong mushroom?
How do I use mushrooms for medicine?
What else can I do with mushrooms?
Can I make money selling wild mushrooms?

Conclusion

RECIPES

Brick Top Burgers
Shrimp of the Woods Dumplings with Sherry Tomato Sauce
Morel Bread Pudding
Roasted Maitake with Seaweed Butter
Leatherback Spinach Spoon Bread
Meadow Mushroom Satay
Lobster Mushroom en Papillote
Balsamic Seared Reishi Tips
Hedgehog, Fava Bean and Crispy Pancetta
Herbed Barley Butter-Basted Puffballs
Shaggy Mane Cream Soup
Phoenix Honey Mushrooms
Desert Oysters
Blewit, Butternut Squash, and Gruyere Tart
Chicken of The Woods Rillettes
Hassleback Tomatoes with Wine Caps & Cheese
Cauliflower Mushroom “Fettuccine” with Cotton Roll Marinara Sauce
Wood Ear and Veggie Sautee
Parasol & Wild Rice Hors D’oeuvres
Morel Pie with Sour Cream Crust
Warm Chanterelle Salad with Speck And Poached Eggs
Japanese Bolete Chili Blend
Brine-Pickled Mushrooms

Index