The Sacred Mushroom Seeker

The Sacred Mushroom Seeker

Author: Robert Gordon Wasson

Publisher: Timber Press (OR)

ISBN: STANFORD:36105034788765

Category: Anthropologists

Page: 283

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Categories: Anthropologists

Sacred Mushroom of Visions Teonan catl

Sacred Mushroom of Visions  Teonan  catl

The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for R. Gordon Wasson. Portland, Ore.: Dioscorides Press. ———. 1990a. Preface. In The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for ...

Author: Ralph Metzner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781594776281

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

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Over 30 contributors share their expertise on the chemical, biological, cultural, psychological, and experiential dimensions of psilocybin mushrooms • Describes in vivid detail the consciousness-expanding experiences of psychoactive mushroom users • Provides firsthand accounts of the controversial Harvard Psilocybin Project, including the Concord Prison and Good Friday studies Teonanácatl was the name given to the visionary mushrooms used in ancient Mesoamerican shamanic ceremonies, mushrooms that contain psilocybin, the psychoactive agent identified by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD. The rediscovery of these visionary mushrooms by the Mazatec healer Maria Sabina and mycologist R. Gordon Wasson ignited a worldwide mushroom culture that inspired the consciousness revolution of the 1960s. This book describes in vivid detail the consciousness-expanding experiences of psychoactive mushroom users--from artists to psychologists--and the healing visionary inspiration they received. It provides firsthand accounts of studies performed in the controversial Harvard Psilocybin Project, including the Concord Prison study and the Good Friday study. It describes how the use of the psilocybe mushroom spread from the mountains of Mexico into North America, Asia, and Europe by seekers of consciousness-expanding experiences. It also details how psilocybin has been used since the 1960s in psychotherapy, prisoner rehabilitation, the enhancement of creativity, and the induction of mystical experiences and is being studied as a treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Beauty of the Primitive

The Beauty of the Primitive

R. Gordon Wasson and Valentina Wasson, Mushrooms, Russia, ... Michael Horowitz, ''Collecting Wasson,'' in The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for R. Gordon ...

Author: Andrei A. Znamenski

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780195172317

Category: Religion

Page: 434

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The Beauty of the Primitive explores how shamanism, an obscure word introduced by the eighteenth-century German explorers of Siberia, entered Western humanities and social sciences, and has now become a powerful idiom used by nature and pagan communities to situate their spiritual quests and anti-modernity sentiments. With its interdisciplinary approach and engaging style, it promises to be the definitive account of this neglected strand of intellectual history.
Categories: Religion

The Sacred Mushrooms of Mexico

The Sacred Mushrooms of Mexico

A Twentieth Century Darwin . In The Sacred Mushroom Seeker , ed . Thomas J .
Reidlinger , pp . 183 - 191 . Portland , Oregon : Dioscorides . — , and Jeremy
Bigwood , ed . 1978 . Teonanácatl : Hallucinogenic Mushrooms of North America
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Author: Brian P. Akers

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: IND:30000109865307

Category: Science

Page: 175

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This work presents significant new readings in ethnomycology, a discipline that examines the role of fungi in human affairs. The greatest cultural and historical impact of mushrooms has resulted from psychoactive compounds found in certain species, and native interpretations of their mental effects in humans, as revealed through intensive multidisciplinary studies coordinated by the late R. Gordon Wasson, the father of ethnomycology. Wasson's research in the 1950s led to the elucidation of mushroom cultism in Mexico, a phenomenon dismissed as unfounded rumor by "experts" only a few decades earlier. Discoveries made by Wasson and his collaborators intersect a staggering number of disciplines, so much so that individual fields have had difficulty assimilating them. The Sacred Mushrooms of Mexico presents six texts concerning the mushrooms. Five of them are translations of relevant scholarly sources in Spanish previously unavailable in English. The sixth is a transcript of The Sacred Mushroom, a celebrated episode of the classic television series "One Step Beyond." This TV program may have been the only show in broadcast history in which the host ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms and endured their effects on camera for the viewing pleasure of the home audience.
Categories: Science

Mindapps

Mindapps

Mushroom,” 100–120. leading rock stars. Michael Horowitz, “Collecting Wasson,” in Riedlinger, ed., The Sacred Mushroom Seeker, 131. 37.

Author: Thomas B. Roberts

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781620558195

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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An exploration of “mind design” technologies and practices--mindapps--that boost intellectual capacity and enable new ways of thought and action • Reveals how mindapps transform the patterns of our mind-body complex and help generate new ideas by enabling access to new mind states • Examines the singlestate fallacy--the myth that useful thinking only occurs in our ordinary awake mental state • Explores a wealth of mindapp practices and techniques, including microdosing with psychedelics, yoga and martial arts, hypnosis, breathing techniques, lucid dreaming, rites of passage, biofeedback and neurofeedback, and transcranial brain stimulation Just as we can write and install apps in our electronic devices, we can construct “mindapps” and install them in our brain-mind complex, and as just as digital apps add capabilities to our devices, mindapps can expand our mental powers and creative abilities, allowing us to intentionally redesign our minds. Using psychedelics as the prime example, Thomas B. Roberts explores the many different kinds of mindapps, including meditation, other psychoactive plants and chemicals, sensory overload and deprivation, biofeedback and neurofeedback, hypnosis and suggestion, sleep and lucid dreaming, creative imagery, transcranial brain stimulation and optical brain stimulation, rites of passage, martial arts and exercise routines, yoga, breathing techniques, and contemplative prayer. He also looks at the future of mindapps, the potential for new mindapps yet to be invented, and how installing multiple mindapps can produce new, yet to be explored mind states. Drawing on decades of research, he shows how psychedelics in particular are “ideagens”--powerful tools for generating new ideas and new ways of thinking. Uniting the many forms of mindapps into one overall Multistate Mind Theory, Roberts examines the singlestate fallacy--the myth that useful thinking only occurs in our ordinary awake mental state--and demonstrates the many mind-body states we are capable of. He shows how mindapps not only allow us to design and redesign our own minds but also offer benefits for artistic performance, mystical and spiritual experience, and scientific research by improving creativity, open-mindedness, problem solving, and inner-brain connections. Reformulating how we think about the human mind, Mindapps unveils the new multistate landscape of the mind and how we can each enter the world of mind design.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Entheogens and the Future of Religion

Entheogens and the Future of Religion

In The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for R. Gordon Wasson. Edited by T. J. Riedlinger. Portland, Ore.: Dioscorides Press, 1990. All unattributed facts in ...

Author: Robert Forte

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781594777974

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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A study of the importance of psychedelic plants and drugs in religion and society • With contributions by Albert Hofmann, R. Gordon Wasson, Jack Kornfield, Terence McKenna, the Shulgins, Rick Strassman, and others • Explores the importance of academic and religious freedom in the study of psychedelics and the mind • Exposes the need for an organized spiritual context for entheogen use in order to fully realize their transformative and sacred value We live in a time when a great many voices are calling for a spiritual renewal to address the problems that face humanity, yet the way of entheogens--one of the oldest and most widespread means of attaining a religious experience--is forbidden, surrounded by controversy and misunderstanding. Widely employed in traditional shamanic societies, entheogens figure prominently in the origins of religion and their use continues today throughout the world. They alter consciousness in such a profound way that, depending on the set and setting, they can produce the ultimate human experiences: union with God or revelation of other mystical realities. With contributions by Albert Hofmann, Terence McKenna, Ann and Alexander Shulgin, Thomas Riedlinger, Dale Pendell, and Rick Strassman as well as interviews with R. Gordon Wasson and Jack Kornfield, this book explores ancient and modern uses of psychedelic drugs, emphasizing the complementary relationship between science and mystical experience and the importance of psychedelics to the future of religion and society. Revealing the mystical-religious possibilities of substances such as psilocybin mushrooms, mescaline, and LSD, this book exposes the vital need for developing an organized spiritual context for their use in order to fully realize their transformative and sacred value. Stressing the importance of academic and religious freedom, the authors call for a revival of scientific and religious inquiry into entheogens so they may be used safely and legally by those seeking to cultivate their spiritual awareness.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

A Field Guide to Mushrooms: North America, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998. ... The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for R. Gordon Wasson, Dioscordies Press, 1990.

Author: Peter Stafford

Publisher: Ronin Publishing

ISBN: 9781579512064

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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Describes the dramatic effects people experience when consuming psychoactive mushrooms. There are over 100 "entheogenic" fungi known to stimulate ecstatic states in curious seekers. Stafford recounts the known history of magic mushrooms, also called "sacred" mushrooms, and describes the interesting aspects of this extraordinary class of mind-changers. He tells how they are psychically relaxing and focusing, anc act as a catalyst to creative breakthroughs.
Categories: Social Science

The Psychedelic Gospels

The Psychedelic Gospels

Reveals evidence of visionary plants in Christianity and the life of Jesus found in medieval art and biblical scripture--hidden in plain sight for centuries • Follows the authors’ anthropological adventure discovering sacred mushroom ...

Author: Jerry B. Brown

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781620555033

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

View: 242

Reveals evidence of visionary plants in Christianity and the life of Jesus found in medieval art and biblical scripture--hidden in plain sight for centuries • Follows the authors’ anthropological adventure discovering sacred mushroom images in European and Middle Eastern churches, including Roslyn Chapel and Chartres • Provides color photos showing how R. Gordon Wasson’s psychedelic theory of religion clearly extends to Christianity and reveals why Wasson suppressed this information due to his secret relationship with the Vatican • Examines the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels to show that visionary plants were the catalyst for Jesus’s awakening to his divinity and immortality Throughout medieval Christianity, religious works of art emerged to illustrate the teachings of the Bible for the largely illiterate population. What, then, is the significance of the psychoactive mushrooms hiding in plain sight in the artwork and icons of many European and Middle-Eastern churches? Does Christianity have a psychedelic history? Providing stunning visual evidence from their anthropological journey throughout Europe and the Middle East, including visits to Roslyn Chapel and Chartres Cathedral, authors Julie and Jerry Brown document the role of visionary plants in Christianity. They retrace the pioneering research of R. Gordon Wasson, the famous “sacred mushroom seeker,” on psychedelics in ancient Greece and India, and among the present-day reindeer herders of Siberia and the Mazatecs of Mexico. Challenging Wasson’s legacy, the authors reveal his secret relationship with the Vatican that led to Wasson’s refusal to pursue his hallucinogen theory into the hallowed halls of Christianity. Examining the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels, the authors provide scriptural support to show that sacred mushrooms were the inspiration for Jesus’ revelation of the Kingdom of Heaven and that he was initiated into these mystical practices in Egypt during the Missing Years. They contend that the Trees of Knowledge and of Immortality in Eden were sacred mushrooms. Uncovering the role played by visionary plants in the origins of Judeo-Christianity, the authors invite us to rethink what we know about the life of Jesus and to consider a controversial theory that challenges us to explore these sacred pathways to the divine.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Psychedelic Gospels

The Psychedelic Gospels

Reveals evidence of visionary plants in Christianity and the life of Jesus found in medieval art and biblical scripture--hidden in plain sight for centuries • Follows the authors’ anthropological adventure discovering sacred mushroom ...

Author: Jerry B. Brown

Publisher: Park Street Press

ISBN: 1620555026

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

View: 726

Reveals evidence of visionary plants in Christianity and the life of Jesus found in medieval art and biblical scripture--hidden in plain sight for centuries • Follows the authors’ anthropological adventure discovering sacred mushroom images in European and Middle Eastern churches, including Roslyn Chapel and Chartres • Provides color photos showing how R. Gordon Wasson’s psychedelic theory of religion clearly extends to Christianity and reveals why Wasson suppressed this information due to his secret relationship with the Vatican • Examines the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels to show that visionary plants were the catalyst for Jesus’s awakening to his divinity and immortality Throughout medieval Christianity, religious works of art emerged to illustrate the teachings of the Bible for the largely illiterate population. What, then, is the significance of the psychoactive mushrooms hiding in plain sight in the artwork and icons of many European and Middle-Eastern churches? Does Christianity have a psychedelic history? Providing stunning visual evidence from their anthropological journey throughout Europe and the Middle East, including visits to Roslyn Chapel and Chartres Cathedral, authors Julie and Jerry Brown document the role of visionary plants in Christianity. They retrace the pioneering research of R. Gordon Wasson, the famous “sacred mushroom seeker,” on psychedelics in ancient Greece and India, and among the present-day reindeer herders of Siberia and the Mazatecs of Mexico. Challenging Wasson’s legacy, the authors reveal his secret relationship with the Vatican that led to Wasson’s refusal to pursue his hallucinogen theory into the hallowed halls of Christianity. Examining the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels, the authors provide scriptural support to show that sacred mushrooms were the inspiration for Jesus’ revelation of the Kingdom of Heaven and that he was initiated into these mystical practices in Egypt during the Missing Years. They contend that the Trees of Knowledge and of Immortality in Eden were sacred mushrooms. Uncovering the role played by visionary plants in the origins of Judeo-Christianity, the authors invite us to rethink what we know about the life of Jesus and to consider a controversial theory that challenges us to explore these sacred pathways to the divine.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Genealogies of Shamanism

Genealogies of Shamanism

They also inspired other psychedelic au- thorities to publish on shamans and mushrooms. A classic example is the 1959 The Sacred Mushroom.

Author: Jeroen W Boekhoven

Publisher: Barkhuis

ISBN: 9789077922927

Category: History

Page: 383

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After Western-Europeans first heard the word 'shaman' in Siberia at the end of the seventeenth century, the term rapidly acquired a remarkable range of meanings in different contexts. This book traces the long genealogical journey of the notions of 'shaman' and 'shamanism'. It starts with the eighteenth-century discovery of Siberian shamans and ends with the contemporary field of shamanism in the Netherlands. By exploring the ways in which the notions came to be constructed and authorised historically, the various interpretations and conceptualisations of 'shaman' and 'shamanism' are interpreted as outcomes of struggles within distinct milieus.
Categories: History

The Woman in the Shaman s Body

The Woman in the Shaman s Body

Thomas Riecllinger (Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 1990), 9; Frank Lipp, “Mixe concepts and uses of entheogenic mushrooms,” in The Sacred Mushroom Seeker ...

Author: Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D.

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780307571632

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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A distinguished anthropologist–who is also an initiated shaman–reveals the long-hidden female roots of the world’s oldest form of religion and medicine. Here is a fascinating expedition into this ancient tradition, from its prehistoric beginnings to the work of women shamans across the globe today. Shamanism was not only humankind’s first spiritual and healing practice, it was originally the domain of women. This is the claim of Barbara Tedlock’s provocative and myth-shattering book. Reinterpreting generations of scholarship, Tedlock–herself an expert in dreamwork, divination, and healing–explains how and why the role of women in shamanism was misinterpreted and suppressed, and offers a dazzling array of evidence, from prehistoric African rock art to modern Mongolian ceremonies, for women’s shamanic powers. Tedlock combines firsthand accounts of her own training among the Maya of Guatemala with the rich record of women warriors and hunters, spiritual guides, and prophets from many cultures and times. Probing the practices that distinguish female shamanism from the much better known male traditions, she reveals: • The key role of body wisdom and women’s eroticism in shamanic trance and ecstasy • The female forms of dream witnessing, vision questing, and use of hallucinogenic drugs • Shamanic midwifery and the spiritual powers released in childbirth and monthly female cycles • Shamanic symbolism in weaving and other feminine arts • Gender shifting and male-female partnership in shamanic practice Filled with illuminating stories and illustrations, The Woman in the Shaman’s Body restores women to their essential place in the history of spirituality and celebrates their continuing role in the worldwide resurgence of shamanism today.
Categories: Social Science

Entheogens and the Development of Culture

Entheogens and the Development of Culture

Riedlinger, T. 1990/1997. The Sacred Mushroom Seeker Wasson, R. 1948. The Hall Carbine Affair: Wasson, R. 1957. “Seeking The Magic Mushroom.

Author: John A. Rush

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781583946244

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 672

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Entheogens and the Development of Culture makes the radical proposition that mind-altering substances have played a major part not only in cultural development but also in human brain development. Researchers suggest that we have purposely enhanced receptor sites in the brain, especially those for dopamine and serotonin, through the use of plants and fungi over a long period of time. The trade-off for lowered functioning and potential drug abuse has been more creative thinking--or a leap in consciousness. Experiments in entheogen use led to the development of primitive medicine, in which certain mind-altering plants and fungi were imbibed to still fatigue, pain, or depression, while others were taken to promote hunger and libido. Our ancestors selected for our neural hardware, and our propensity for seeking altered forms of consciousness as a survival strategy may be intimately bound to our decision-making processes going back to the dawn of time. Fourteen essays by a wide range of contributors—including founding president of the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Religion section Michael Winkelman, PhD; Carl A. P. Ruck, PhD, Boston University professor of classics and an authority on the ecstatic rituals of the god Dionysus; and world-renowned botanist Dr. Gaston Guzma, member of the Colombian National Academy of Sciences and expert on hallucinogenic mushrooms—demonstrate that altering consciousness continues to be an important part of human experience today. Anthropologists, cultural historians, and anyone interested in the effects of mind-altering substances on the human mind and soul will find this book deeply informative and inspiring. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Altered States

Altered States

... ed., Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for R. Gordon Wasson (Portland: ... on mushrooms, see Valentina Pavlovna, “I Ate the Sacred Mushrooms,” in Cynthia ...

Author: Douglas Osto

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231541411

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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In the 1960s, Americans combined psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to achieve direct experience through altered states of consciousness. As some practitioners became more committed to Buddhism, they abandoned the use of psychedelics in favor of stricter mental discipline, but others carried on with the experiment, advancing a fascinating alchemy called psychedelic Buddhism. Many think exploration with psychedelics in Buddhism faded with the revolutionary spirit of the sixties, but the underground practice has evolved into a brand of religiosity as eclectic and challenging as the era that created it. Altered States combines interviews with well-known figures in American Buddhism and psychedelic spirituality—including Lama Surya Das, Erik Davis, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei, Rick Strassman, and Charles Tart—and personal stories of everyday practitioners to define a distinctly American religious phenomenon. The nuanced perspective that emerges, grounded in a detailed history of psychedelic religious experience, adds critical depth to debates over the controlled use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The book also opens new paths of inquiry into such issues as re-enchantment, the limits of rationality, the biochemical and psychosocial basis of altered states of consciousness, and the nature of subjectivity.
Categories: Religion

Mushrooms Myth and Mithras

Mushrooms  Myth and Mithras

Wendy Doniger, “Somatic Memories of R. Gordon Wasson,” in The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for R. Gordon Wasson, Thomas J. Reidlinger, ed., (Portland, ...

Author: Carl Ruck

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 9780872864702

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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A fascinating tour of the mushroom-centered mystery religions which have profoundly influenced Western civilization
Categories: Religion

Sisters of the Extreme

Sisters of the Extreme

The following account first appeared in The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for Gordon Wasson (1990, ed. Thomas Riedlinger). The first mushroom rite I ...

Author: Cynthia Palmer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781594775314

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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• An anthology of writings by some of the most influential women in history on the often misunderstood and misrepresented female drug experience. • With great honesty, bravery, and frankness, women from diverse backgrounds write about their drug experiences. Women have been experimenting with drugs since prehistoric times, and yet published accounts of their views on the drug experience have been relegated to either antiseptic sociological studies or sensationalized stories splashed across the tabloids. The media has given us an enduring, but inaccurate, stereotype of a female drug user: passive, addicted, exploited, degraded, promiscuous. But the selections in this anthology--penned by such famous names as Billie Holiday, Anais Nin, Maya Angelou, and Carrie Fisher--show us that the real experiences of women are anything but stereotypical. Sisters of the Extreme provides us with writings by women from diverse occupations and backgrounds, from prostitute to physician, who through their use of drugs dared cross the boundaries set by society--often doing so with the hope of expanding themselves and their vision of the world. Whether with LSD, peyote, cocaine, heroine, MDMA, or marijuana, these women have sought to reach, through their experimentation, other levels of consciousness. Sometimes their quests have brought unexpected rewards, other times great suffering and misfortune. But wherever their trips have left them, these women have lived courageously--if sometimes dangerously--and written about their journeys eloquently.
Categories: Social Science

1957 Expeditions Journal

1957 Expeditions Journal

... Seeking the Sacred Mushroom with Gordon Wasson Summer 1957 Oakes A. Plimpton ... by R. Gordon Wasson Riedlinger, Thomas J. The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: ...

Author: Oakes A. Plimpton

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475989731

Category: Poetry

Page: 132

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Oakes Plimpton is retired and lives in Arlington Mass. with his wife Pat Magee. He had worked for The Nature Conservancy in D.C., and the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, but dropped out in 1972 to spend a year on a communal farm in New York State chronicled in a iUniverse self-published book "1972 Farm Journal" (stories of his younger partners also collected, with photographs and drawings). Still involved with farming, he volunteers for Boston Area Gleaners. He continues his interest in natural history, in particular bird watching, and was one of the co-founders of the Menotomy Bird Club in Arlington.
Categories: Poetry

Taming the Wild Mushroom

Taming the Wild Mushroom

Mushrooms of North America. Boston: Little, Brown, 1991. Riedlinger, Thomas J ., ed. The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for R. Gordon Wasson. Portland, Ore.

Author: Arleen Rainis Bessette

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292791916

Category: Cooking

Page: 125

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Many mushroom hunters prefer to do their foraging in the marketplace, where all the mushrooms are clearly labeled and safely edible. With this fact in mind, Arleen and Alan Bessette have written Taming the Wild Mushroom, one of the first cooking guides devoted exclusively to choosing and preparing the mushroom species now available in many grocery stores, supermarkets, and natural and whole foods markets. A dozen wild and cultivated species are covered in the book, including White Button, King Bolete, Oyster, Chanterelle, Morel, Paddy Straw, Wood Ear, Shiitake, Enokitake, White Matsutake, Black Truffle, and Wine-cap Stropharia. Easy-to-understand descriptions and excellent color photographs of each species help market foragers choose mushrooms in peak condition. Fifty-seven original, species-specific recipes, from appetizers, soups, and salads to meat and vegetarian entrees to sauces and accompaniments, offer dozens of ways to savor the familiar and exotic flavors of these mushrooms. A mouth-watering photograph accompanies each recipe.
Categories: Cooking

In the Company of Mushrooms

In the Company of Mushrooms

Mushrooms for Color . Eureka , CA : Mad River Press . How to use mushrooms for dyeing textiles . Riedlinger , T. J. , ed . 1990. The Sacred Mushroom Seeker ...

Author: Moselio Schaechter

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674445554

Category: Science

Page: 280

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We might slice them into a salad, savor them in a sauce, wonder at their power to intoxicate or poison, marvel at their multifarious presence in the forest--but few of us realize that mushrooms, humbly thriving on decay, are crucial to life on Earth as we know it. In this book a distinguished biologist, long intrigued by the secret life of fungi, reveals the power of these curious organisms--not quite animal, not quite plant--to enchant and instruct, to nourish and make way for all sorts of superior forms of nature. In a style at once learned and quirky, personal and commanding, Elio Schaechter imparts the fascinating minutiae and the weighty implications of his subject--a primarily microscopic life form that nonetheless accounts for up to two tons of matter for every human on the planet. He shows us how fungi, the great decomposers, recycle most of the world's vegetable matter--from a blade of grass to a strapping tree--and thus prevent us from sinking under ever-accumulating masses of decaying matter. With the same expertise and contagious enthusiasm that he brings to the biology of mushrooms, Schaechter conveys the allure of the mushroom hunt. Drawing on his own experience as well as that of seasoned pickers and amateur mycologists, he explains when and where to find mushrooms, how they are cultivated, and how they are used in various cultures. From the delectable to the merely tolerable, from the hallucinogenic to the deadly, a wide variety of mushrooms are covered in this spirited presentation.
Categories: Science

Mushrooms Humans and Nature in a Changing World

Mushrooms  Humans and Nature in a Changing World

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 91:11841–11843 Riedlinger TJ (ed) (1990) The sacred mushroom seeker: Essays for R. Gordon Wasson, Historical, ethno- and economic ...

Author: Jesús Pérez-Moreno

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030373788

Category: Science

Page: 480

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This book focuses on recent advances in our understanding of wild edible mycorrhizal fungi, truffle and mushrooms and their cultivation. In addition to providing fresh insights into various topics, e.g. taxonomy, ecology, cultivation and environmental impact, it also demonstrates the clear but fragile link between wild edible mushrooms and human societies. Comprising 17 chapters written by 41 experts from 13 countries on four continents, it enables readers to grasp the importance of protecting this unique, invaluable, renewable resource in the context of climate change and unprecedented biodiversity loss. The book inspires professionals and encourages young researchers to enter this field to develop the sustainable use of wild edible mushrooms using modern tools and approaches. It also highlights the importance of protecting forested environments, saving species from extinction and generating a significant income for local populations, while keeping alive and renewing the link between humans and wild edible mushrooms so that in the future, the sustainable farming and use of edible mycorrhizal mushrooms will play a predominant role in the management and preservation of forested lands.
Categories: Science