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Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms

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Throughout history, people have had a complex and confusing relationship with mushrooms. Are fungi food or medicine, beneficial decomposers or deadly “toadstools” ready to kill anyone foolhardy enough to eat them? In fact, there is truth in all these statements. In Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares, author Greg Marley reveals some of the wonders and mysteries of mushr ...more
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Published September 2nd 2011 by Chelsea Green Publishing (first published July 28th 2010)
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Manybooks
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most certainly Greg Marley does in his educational Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares: The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms enthusiastically present to us readers how much he enjoys and treasures collecting and later consuming wild mushrooms (even presenting a number of delectable recipes featuring the edible mushroom species he considers the best and yes also the safest to pick and consume). However as someone who is and in fact has always been rather majorly afraid of poisoning myself ...more
Hannah Givens
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the two, Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms is the more readable and interesting for a general audience. CDAN was very enjoyable as a cross between a field guide and narrative, though. It's divided into chapters generally about specific fungi, but instead of a very brief field-guide description, there's a longer discussion of the mushroom's properties, history, identification, and so on. If and when I take up mushroom hunting and growing, I'll absolutely buy a copy to k ...more
hellaD
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book, I just wish I lived on the East coast! Very amazing recipes in this book as well as great details on how to dry or freeze or otherwise store a large mushroom harvest. This guy really knows how to eat a mushroom. I really appreciate that he isn't shy to use healthy amounts of butter. Some of the recipes are very traditional.

It is also fantastic the amount of information he provides about mushrooms from the truffles to the bioluminescence of mushrooms to the psycadelic properties.
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Timothy
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this 4 stars even though it's not especially well written. It is a great beginner's guide to the world of mushrooms, covering all of the areas in which I was interested. He cites personal experience along with a decent amount of scientific literature, and he provides a helpful reading list for delving deeper into specific topics. I doubt there is a better introductory text for the field. ...more
Owlseyes



Been a warm day. So warm butterflies could be seen fluttering, even a little snake I caught on camera.

What a winter....,
winter, really?



































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Isaac
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting! Goes through a brief history of people using fungi for medicine, food, recreational and spiritual purposes. Examines the most edible of fungi and the most poisonous. Encourages us to be curious not scared of fungi. For those who wish to forage for wild mushrooms he gives you guidelines-mainly to take care to identify the mushrooms correctly, not to take chances (If in doubt, throw it out!) and to take your time to get to know all types of fungi, not just the edible ones. He als ...more
Shannon
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book way more than I should have. I picked it up for some basic research, and I ended up reading it cover to cover, in part because the author impressed me so much with his balance of passion and caution.

Greg Marley is a professional, careful, and winsome guide to the world of mycology. He describes edible mushrooms with such care and love that I caught his passion and found myself wanting to try every single mushroom he wrote about (except the poisonous ones, which were also very
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Kelly
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, science
I'm still not convinced that "deadwoodology" is a word. ...more
Kiya
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I love mushrooms and this has great mushroom stories.
Amy
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Caveat: much of this info is specific to the east coast. But it still has plenty of valuable information and is an entertaining read.
Hester
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written survey of the kingdom of mushrooms. Marley covers edible mushrooms, psychoactive mushrooms, bioluminescent mushrooms, cultivated mushrooms, and mushrooms as keystone species. This is an overview of mushrooms, especially in the Northeast, rather than a field guide of edible mushrooms. Marley repeatedly mentions how important it is to take a spore print before eating mushrooms, but he never describes how to take a spore print.

He does, however, explain how bioluminescent fungi were u
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Sharon Miller
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable and fun for any mycophile. Part natural history, part ethnobotany, part humorous memoir. Fascinating topic. The author's style is anecdotal and charming, but the book suffered from inadequate editing and organization. I would have enjoyed more pictures, but I love a good field guide, which this is not, so that is pure wishful thinking. The good descriptions of the edible and poisonous mushrooms are very valuable to the learning mushroom hunter. ...more
Erika
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many times as I've read the short descriptions for common mushrooms in field guides, I've wished for more information. In this book, Marley provides the stories behind the mushrooms, explaining what it means when a mushroom is noted as "edible, perhaps", and what the toxic effects might be like or due to. ...more
Michelle
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read, full of lovely fiddly bits of trivia and fun! The middle was kind of dry and listy so it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but definitely an enjoyable book to return to for mushrooming inspiration and references. ...more
Melanie
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the book from back to front as it's pretty hard to keep fully focused on, but what I have read has been very interesting and informative. Definitely glad I have the book at home as a reference. ...more
Tim Cusmano
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book fro anyone just beginning a hobby in mycology or those curious to start. I will be passing my copy since I have been in the hobby long enough that there isn't much new for me, but perfect for the novice. ...more
Lauren
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely fascinating and informative book about fungi! Well-written and thoughtful. Highly recommend to anyone who is curious about mushrooms and their natural or cultural history.
Amuse
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic
Everything you want to know about mushrooms.
Nicole
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable survey of mushroom history and mythology. Don't expect a field guide - it's clearly not meant to be one. It'll likely make you go looking for one, though. ...more
Katrinka
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never know how to rate things that don't fall on the "literary" spectrum, but this one gave me the info I was looking for in a really enjoyable manner. ...more
Michelle
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpected (to me) favourite. One borrowed on a whim from the library. The best mix for folklore, science, anecdotes and reflections.
I loved especially the chapter on Amanita muscaria. It was magical.
Highly recommended for any mushroom freak. Maybe my favourite non-identification book on mushrooms.
Da277
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting.
Marcela
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author clearly knows his way around the fungi kingdom.
J.S.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine, gardening
If you're like me you probably grew up afraid of mushrooms and being told by grownups to wash your hands after you'd touched an "inky cap" (aka Shaggy Mane). I was even apprehensive of the little brown things that came on pizzas. But occasionally I'd see more than just the usual mushrooms in the lawn pop up on a dead log or in a neglected corner of the yard, and there was always something oddly interesting about them. Greg Marley knows how we feel, and has taken it upon himself to educate others ...more
Max
This book is a great introduction to lots of different topics regarding mushrooms & fungi in general. Marley does a good job making some of the more technical mycological material in the book appealing to readers who may just be interested in learning more about their favorite mushrooms and how to find them. Unfortunately, rather than committing to a book-length exploration of the topic, Marley breaks it down into bite-sized chunks, which effectively serve as standalone essays—I suppose he thoug ...more
David
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shiraz
Currently at page 66. Good, easy to read educational book. My only disappointment so far is the lack of photos. Very hard to try and describe mushrooms without lots of photos but then this is not a full on identification guide but rather "An enticing invitation into the fungal realm, accessible and a pleasure to read" as reviewed by Katz on the back of the book. The title tells a lot.
And now, a week later, tis read.
An enjoyable read for what most people are likely to find is a very "dry" subjec
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xhanthi
Not bad, a bit dry for a book that's not really aimed at hardcore mushroomers. Seems to be trying a little too hard to sound important but despite the bogginess it's a good source of info for those looking for cultural and medicinal infomation about fungi. ...more
Jen
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and a fast read, but a bit self-righteous. I guess that comes from mushroom experts being rather paranoid about what people will consume after reading a mushroom book--but still, give us a bit of credit!
Interesting stuff.
Tofu Fairy
the first few chapters were great...then it became a science book and lost me...would recommend for those first few interesting chapters...but get it from your library unless you like text books
Kristen
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
You know what I love mushrooms...and chickens !
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Greg Marley has a passion for mushrooms that dates to 1971, the year he left his native New Mexico and spent the summer in the verdant woods of central New York. Since then, he has become an avid student and teacher of mycology, as well as a mushroom identification consultant to the Northern New England Poison Control Center and owner of Mushrooms for Health, a company that provides education and ...more

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