The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook (Hardback, 2013)
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- Description<b>In the tradition of Michael Pollan s <i>The Omnivore s Dilemma, </i>Susan Orlean s <i>The Orchid Thief, </i>and Mark Kurlansky s <i>Cod</i> a rewned culinary adventurer goes into the woods with the icoclasts and outlaws who seek the world s most coveted ingredient . . . and one of nature s last truly wild foods: the uncultivated, uncontrollable mushroom.</b> Within 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 mign with smoky morels or shaving luxurious white truffles over pasta, the most elegant restaurants across the country w 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 velist, uncovering along the way what might be the last gasp of frontier-style capitalism. Meet Doug, an ex-logger and crabber w an itinerant mushroom picker trying to pay his bills and stay out of trouble; and 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 <i>The Mushroom Hunters</i> 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. <b>Praise for <i>The Mushroom Hunters</i></b> A rollicking narrative . . . Cook [delivers] vivid and cinematic scenes on every page. <b><i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><i>The Mushroom Hunters</i> lends fresh, sharp illumination to a little-kwn but vigorously contested patch of gastromic turf. . . . [It s an] entertaining ramble through the woods with a group of ragtag characters. <b><i>The Washington Post</i></b> Like Susan Orlean in <i>The Orchid Thief, </i> Seattle author [Langdon] Cook shines a light on a shady subculture operating at the seam between wilderness and commerce. Like author Michael Pollan, he kws that every bite of food these days has a complex, often unsavory backstory. Like the late Hunter Thompson, he t only goes along for the ride with the shifty characters he s writing about, but drives the getaway car. After reading <i>The Mushroom Hunters, </i> you ll never look at a portobello the same way. . . . [A] beguiling, surprising book. <b><i>The Seattle Times</i></b><b></b> Not simply about mushrooms, this book examines human behavior, ecomics, food, society, and nature. In the end, readers will have learned a great deal about U.S. ecomic and social structures all while being entertained and enlightened by stories of gastromy and mushrooms. Highly recommended. <b><i>Library Journal</i></b><b></b> Intrepid and inspired. <b><i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><b></b> Uncultivated mushrooms are one of our last truly wild foods; it often takes truly wild and rough mushroom hunters to bring them to our table. Cook travels and hunts with them in a riveting, crazy undertaking, told in often-poetic prose. <b><i>Shelf Awareness</b>
- Author Biography<b>Langdon Cook </b>is the author of <i>Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, </i> which <i>The Seattle Times </i>called lyrical, practical and quixotic. Cook has been profiled on the Travel Channel<i>, </i>in <i>Bon Appetit, </i><i>WSJ</i> magazine, <i>Whole Living, </i> and Salon.com, and his writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including <i>Sunset, Gray s Sporting Journal, </i> and <i>Outside</i>. He is also a columnist for <i>Seattle</i> magazine and has been the recipient of many grants and awards. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
- Author(s)Langdon Cook
- PublisherBallantine Books
- Date of Publication10/09/2013
- SubjectNatural History: Plants
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBallantine Books
- Weight517 g
- Width160 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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