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Five of the Best Books to Read About Mushrooms

Mushrooms are the wave of the future. What we are now witnessing is just the beginning of many more new discoveries. By keeping an open mind we will learn about numerous health benefits these magical, mystical mushrooms have to offer. 

Mushrooms are the wave of the future. What we are now witnessing is just the beginning of many more new discoveries. By keeping an open mind we will learn about numerous health benefits these magical, mystical mushrooms have to offer. 

Here are a few books to explore:

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, by Paul Stamets

“Mycelium Running” is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. Growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find chapters detailing each of these four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined “mycorestoration.” The book includes chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes. Heavily referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to be a classic reference for “be mushroomed” generations to come.

Fantastic Fungi with Paul Stamets

This book is the companion to the film “Fantastic Fungi.” Paul Stamets, the world’s preeminent expert of mushrooms and fungi. Stamets is joined by leading ecologists, doctors, and explorers such as Michael Pollan, Dr. Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, Fantastic Fungi director Louie Schwartzberg, and others. Together these luminaries show how fungi and mushrooms can restore the planet’s ecosystems, repair our physical health and renew humanity’s symbiotic relationship with nature. 

Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora

Simply the best and most complete mushroom field guide and reference book, “Mushrooms Demystified,” includes descriptions and keys to more than 2,000 species of mushrooms with more than 950 photographs. 

Mushroom authority David Arora provides a beginner’s checklist of the 70 most distinctive and common mushrooms, plus detailed chapters on terminology, classification, habitats, mushroom cookery, mushroom toxins and the meanings of scientific mushroom names. Beginning and experienced mushroom hunters everywhere will find “Mushrooms Demystified,” an informative, and indispensable companion.

DIY Mushroom Cultivation by Willoughby Arevalo

Bring mushrooms into your life as you dive into the practice of home-scale mushroom cultivation. 

With applications in permaculture, urban farming, cooking, natural medicine and the arts, interest in home-scale mushroom cultivation is exploding. Yet many beginners remain daunted by the perceived complexity of working with fungi. 

“DIY Mushroom Cultivation” is the remedy. The author presents proven, reliable, low-cost techniques for home-scale cultivation that eliminate the need for a clean-air lab space to grow various mushrooms and their mycelium.

Step-by-step instructions accompany a foundation of mushroom biology and ecology to support a holistic understanding of the practice. Growing techniques are applicable year-round, for any space from house to apartment, and for any climate, budget, or goal. 

Whether you hunt mushrooms, or dream about growing and working with them but feel constrained by a small living space, “DIY Mushroom Cultivation” is the ideal guide for getting started in the fascinating and delicious world of fungiculture.

It’s definitely one of the Best Mushroom Books of 2021.

Healing Mushrooms By Tero Isokauppila

This book is a resource on using adaptogenic mushrooms to boost immunity and promote whole body health the natural way.
Adaptogenic mushrooms are one of today’s buzziest superfoods, known for their ability to restore skin’s youthful glow, increase energy levels, reduce brain fog, keep your hormone levels in check, and so much more. In “Healing Mushrooms,” you’ll learn about the ten most powerful mushrooms you can add to your daily diet to maximize your health goals. Though some of these mushrooms, like Tremella, Cordyceps, and Reishi will sound exotic, they’re all easy to source online in extract form and easy to use in recipes. Even more familiar mushrooms, like Shiitake, Oyster, and Enoki, are full of serious healing potential – you just have to know how to use them. “Healing Mushrooms” unlocks the vast potential of this often overlooked superfood category and will be the go-to resource for adding mushrooms to your health-and-wellness regimen. 

Tero Isokauppila hopes to share the wise practices involved in mushroom use from the past so more people can use them for today. In his book, readers will find helpful recipes for their mushroom enjoyment.

After checking out these best mushroom books, you will be ready to embark on a healthy 2022! 


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